4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level artists Book coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Finding Family Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Part of a Series Teacher

The Long and Winding Road (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4) by T.J. Klune

release day review

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Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.


So TJ Klune says this is it – the final installment of BOATK. I think that’s good. This was a really solid and definite ending to the story – we’d been left with a pretty big cliff hanger at the end of TAOB and it was great seeing just exactly how that whole thing panned out.

On the one hand I was a bit disappointed in was the fact that we didn’t see more of Dom and Ty. (This story is definitely all about Otter and Bear – but I’m also really glad, too. I love these guys a lot and having the final story split between the two couples would have left the story feeling less solid.) But – while I was sad that we never saw more about Ty and Dom –for me their story never felt quite resolved –we do get enough glimpses of them here to trust in their HEA.

It was great seeing some of the “real life” couple stuff thrown in here for our guys to deal with. Sequels can be hard in that sense. After the ILYs there’s still a boat load of hard work to make a relationship work – add in children and that’s magnified by a thousand. I was glad to see that any “angst” in this story was put to rest quickly but that our couples do have real problems and have to work through them not have them magically disappear.

I LOVED the new characters we meet – Megan and her partner are hysterical, as is Izzy (and some others who I won’t exactly mention but who get showcased at the end!)

Creed cracked me up! Man, I couldn’t live with that guy, and I was glad to see Anna had to work at it, too – but he is SO FUNNY! I love that his kid is his replica and “the eyes in the back of his head” bit never got tiring! I literally laughed out loud each time Creed shouted at his son to stop whatever nerve-wracking thing he was doing.

This is going to be absolutely FABULOUS in audio format. There is SO much comedic fodder – but also some really touching emotional scenes that are bound to bring tears to your eyes.

If you’re a fan of the series you’re going to be like me and stay up reading this until 3 am because you won’t be able to put it down.

Highly recommended – both happy and sad to see this series ending.

4.5 of 5 stars


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