Bear, Otter, and the Kid
This one came highly and I mean HIGHLY recommended by my friend Jackie, who was insistent that I’d LOVE it and it would absolutely make my favorites list.. I believed her. We have very similar tastes. But you see I’ve been on a bad boy kick. I’ve been looking for more rock stars, more tattooed brooding heroes, and especially a few more “Fifty” like characters.
<——- THIS did not look like a book about bad boys. *shakes head* Nope. It looked cute, warm and fuzzy. And considering that the potential romance is between two male leads, this was not my usual read.
But what I didn’t realize is that this book would provide me with just as much intensity and overall emotional and romantic fulfillment. I did connect! Sure it had it’s warm and fuzzy moments, but it had it’s fair share of angst, depth and heartache too. I didn’t know what I was missing, did I Jackie? It’s been two months now, that you’ve been bringing it up, right?
From back in March:
Jackie: Maryse you MUST read this book
Maryse: TELL ME
Jackie: Bear Otter and the Kid
Maryse: the one that is m/m that is in your top 10 ever? I was listening to you guys (well reading) your chat yesterday about otters and I wanted to be that excited too.
Jackie: Its not a big drama – I just clicked with it. I hope you will enjoy it. Its cute and funny. I know that I’m in a good book when I come home for lunch and forget to eat. I did that yesterday… the silly comments and the depth of character its like that. Just really likable characters.
Gently insisting, reminding, poking and prodding me to give this one a go.
(April 5th) Jackie: please read BOATK then…
(April 17th) Jackie: BOATK is awesome…
(April 23rd) Jackie: did you start BOATK yet?
(May 8th) Jackie: Ter is koving BOATK – you must read it – I promise you that you’ll love it
(May 9th) Jackie: Ok so you bought BOATK – when are you going to actually read it????
side note from Maryse; (me going on about my hunt for more “Fifty” books…)
Jackie: STOP. read the damn book!
Tee hee!!!! *blush*. Well okay! And so I did.
Remember what I told you guys about my “To Be Read” list and how it keeps shifting, and changing? I bought this one almost immediately, but it kept getting lost in my bad boy quest. But you were right, Jackie. I LOVED it. I bonded with them from the get go. The writing was funny, quirky, and witty, but best of all, it felt like I already knew, and was already best friends with all of the characters. Or that I so wanted to be best friends with them. I wanted to be in their “family”.
And it had a seriously heart wrenching romantic edge. I knew what was coming, considering Bear and Otter are both men, and I wasn’t sure if I personally, would feel romantically connected to the story’s love angle, but let me tell you. I DID! In fact, I was pining for them. BIG time. I was so in book-love with them.
Maryse: Jackie… are you there?
Jackie: I am now
Maryse: Jackie. Can you tell me why I’m in love with a gay guy? Can you!!??? WHY do I see myself as Bear and I love Otter? WHY!?
Jackie: join my club.
But then I thought about it… why wouldn’t I be? I get it. After all, I can totally relate to being attracted to a gorgeous guy. Muscles, soulful eyes, all that *shivers* alpha masculinity. Yeah… I get it. Bear and I have the same tastes. Even though Bear didn’t realize it, himself.
But for a moment there, didn’t I feel like I was worth something? Didn’t the weight of his hand, the words he had spoken, make me feel warm? I felt the heat rise to my face, and I looked down at our hands, and felt another tear slip from my eye. What was going on? I thought frantically.
I was absolutely hooked. Overall it had a similar feel to Slammed (a young man being forced to raise his younger brother, Ty, due to horrible circumstances, and his best friends surrounding him with love and becoming his family), and even a touch reminiscent of Barely Breathing (because the “horrible circumstance” is his wretched selfish mother!! grrrrrrr!).
So that’s how it went. That’s how she left. That’s how I reacted. That’s how we told Ty. That’s how I made the only choice I could make. I turned eighteen and gained a child.
And all the while that he is getting his life together, making sacrifices, with the support of his girlfriend and his best friend, he remains positive and even somewhat happy. Until, that is, “Otter” (his best friend’s older brother) comes back in town, and old, confusing feelings come back to the forefront. He suddenly finds himself yearning to be near him, and yet resisting this intense attraction.
Can you do this? the voice asks. Can you handle all of this?
And you know how I am… all of that anxiety and torment, mixed in with those little stomach butterflies. Simply irresistible to me.
Oh and it does come with a side of “steaminess” (definitely not YA) but the love (in all aspects of the word; friends, family and romantically) is the heart of the story.
TJ Klune, you (and your boys) sure know your way to a girl’s heart. Because they’ve captured mine.
Nicknames aside (I suppose I’m just not a nickname type of girl, but the nickname explanation was cute)… it was almost perfect for me. 4.5 stars!
Off I go to read book #2 in this saga: Who We Are (see what happened there? That’s right. My TBR list just shifted to put this one next).