Author: Tj Klune
Published: April 26th, 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 373 | Read: Oct. 11th – 13th, 2016
Genres: m/m romance // contemporary
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Alright. I made it to the second book. After the open-ended ending to BOaTK, I was nervous to see where things would go, but it’s Klune, so I’m like…I’m 90% sure I’ll like it. And I did! Plus, the 3rd book deals with The Kid/Ty growing up and I reeeeeally wanted to get there… I’m not a fan of the cover because it’s really stiff, but my reviews do not encompass covers, so I thought I’d mention it.
This was cute, angst-y/dramatic, and freakin’ sad at one point. Let’s get to it!
Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They’ve moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself.
But that’s not the end of their story. How could it be?
The boys find that life doesn’t stop just because they got their happily ever after. There’s still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter’s parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real. Anna and Creed do… well, whatever it is Anna and Creed do. There are newfound jealousies, the return of old enemies, bad poetry, and misanthropic seagulls. And through it all, Bear struggles to understand his mother’s abandonment of him and his brother, only to delve deeper into their shared past. What he finds there will alter their lives forever and help him realize what it’ll take to become who they’re supposed to be.
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.
– The drama is back with our beloved characters! Klune is known for dramatic flair and angst. He’s got that down pat. Some people can’t handle lots of drama (and possible OTT moments) while others adore it. I’m pretty neutral. I can only handle so much at once, but…
– I adore these characters too much to care! Seriously, Klune does wonders with creating characters. I’ll discuss them more later. For now, just know they’re great.
– Though, I still noticed the drama, the OTT moments, and Bear’s severe anxiety. It’s been too long since the first book for me to make any comparisons… But Bear still has major freak-outs in which I just want to bitch slap some sense into him. Because it does get a tad repetitive and he can’t seem to grasp the love he has around him after all this time. But he’s still grown into himself since the first, in my opinion. And the drama within the romance aspect is everywhere. Can still feel the love, but they got some issues needing worked on, yo.
– And such beautiful ideas behind what family truly is.
‘…it’s not about where you come from. It’s about who you are.’
– The humor is just as good – I found myself laughing rather hard a few times. Klune can really create hysterical moments in any of his books, not just this one. It’s comedic relief when it’s needed and adds some much-loved snark to personalities. (FYI, the whole dinner chapter was my favorite.)
– We got some new characters introduced! I had to warm up to Isaiah, but he turned out to be pretty awesome. Just has that personality that likes to get a rise out of others. And David is an ex of Otter’s, so he brings some tension in. Then we have Dominic. I love him. Seriously, he was a pleasant surprise and amazing for The Kid and I just grew to adore him. I’m hoping there might be some romance there when they’re older (sounds like the 3rd book might do this??). He’s so sweet and quiet!
– Bear is the same old Bear. Still severe anxiety and worries about everything. But like I said, he’s still grown more into himself, finding his place. He just still carries all those doubts. And thank goodness he realizes it even in the book because the co-dependency is strong in this one! But it must be nice having that person/those people who can just do so much for you emotionally. I also love it when he’s drunk and spews everything he’s thinking. He also has some pretty great tangents in his mind.
– Otter is such a fantastic character. He’s a big favorite to readers (I can’t choose favorites). I can’t choose favorites. But I really like him. He’s so good for Bear because he’s patient and kind. He’s always there for them in their rough patches. I think just being able to help them when needed is the best way to help Otter, himself, and make him happy. Like I said earlier – co-dependency is strong in this one, haha. But seriously, such a good guy. (I did feel like he was pushed to the back a smidge this time, though.)
– The Kid. I will always love The Kid. He did seem to get a little more of an attitude this time around – I saw some readers wanted to put him in time out and at times, I was with them. But overall, I can’t get enough of his smarts, T-shirts, and his strong presence. I’m so nervous to read the 3rd book because I want things to go well with him.
– As for our the others, they all have their own wonderful qualities.
- Creed is such a great friend/brother to Bear. They have such a close [bromance] relationship, ready to help each other. I like some of his funny commentary, too.
- Anna is actually a good female friend. I, along with many others, worry about the women in M/M being bitches all the time and she’s actually really nice and caring. Some said she changed a little in this book, but I have a shit memory and can’t really compare.
- Mrs. Paquinn was freaking hilarious. Maybe too funny at times? But I really couldn’t care because it was just such hilarious comments from her. Otherwise, though, she really is a sweet old woman who truly helped Bear and The Kid through their lives.
– And if you are weak to Wookie Cry Face…be prepared. A nice punch in the gut in there.
I think the whole dinner scene/chapter was my favorite part. Overall, another fun installment to the series.
Ta-ta for now, worms!
Did you read this book? What’d you think of the characters and drama? (Careful of spoilers, though)
~Cover photos from Goodreads~
~Review also posted on Goodreads~