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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune

Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (343 Pages)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Myrtle

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world... something or someone.

“I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse that Mom chose to leave me with the …smartest kid on the planet”.

Oh my god! No author should write such an emotional tear-jerking story like this one. Tissue! I need some tissues because this story has such a disturbing heartbreaking tale that I don't think I will ever be the same after reading it. As a mother of two this story left me with so much rage at any mom who could just walk out on their children. It was so very hard watching a young man still a kid himself fight to keep what was his, safe.

Derrick McKenna, (Bear) was seventeen when his mom left him to raise his younger brother Ty (Tyson) on his own. Even though he has to give up his plans of college he is determined to do whatever it takes for the kid and him to stay together. The story is written in first person and sounds a lot like a diary in many ways. It is a heartbreaking tale of brothers, friends, and lovers who fight for each other and stick together to see that Ty has a normal life.

There are so many characters in the story that left an impression on me and won my heart. Ty (the kid) is way too smart for his age but he still needs to know that the people he loves will not walk out on him. Creed has been Bear’s best friend since first grade and blood brother since they were twelve. Anna has been Bear’s girlfriend on and off since they were ten and his first everything. Oliver (Otter) is Creed’s older brother one of the people Bear and Ty depended on, but when he packs up and leaves, life changes for them both and trust is lost. Mrs. Paquinn is the old lady who lives next door and babysits the kid. Each and every one of them plays an important role in the plot of the story and makes it one of the best of the best books I have ever read.

This story is not all sadness and tears; there are places where I found myself smiling and laughing. Times were my heart swelled with joy at knowing that Bear and Ty had so many people willing to stand by them through thick and thin when the stress of life got to be more than they could take. This is not just a sweet love story of Bear and Otter; it is a tale of family blood or not, people loving and being there for each other, of those in life that are worth fighting for, the ones that keep you strong. A must read for any lover of books.


Missy Jane said...

I'll have to admit I'm terribly guilty of judging books by their covers, and this one kinda scares me off. Knowing it has erotic elements, especially M/M, I really wish the publisher hadn't put a boy on the cover. It looks like it should be a YA novel.
However, with such a great review I'll have to look past the cover on this one. ;-)

Terra said...

I can see where your coming from, but since the book is center around the kid it kind of went with the plot. Well worth reading if you like erotic romance or looking for your first M/M story to try.