Book Reviews

The Long and Winding Road (Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles 4) by TJ Klune at BOATK Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 08-November-2019

Book Blurb

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.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2017.


Book Review

“Life can turn on a dime. But if you’ve got someone at your side, someone who holds you up when your knees go weak, someone who kisses you every time like it’s the first time, there’s a chance you’ll make it.”

I always knew this day was coming. I mean, TJ Klune left the ending of ‘The Art of Breathing’ in such a magnificent cliffhanger-ey way (yes, I know it's not a word), that I always knew, even if he hadn't already said so, that there'd be one final book in the ‘Bear, Otter, and the Kid’ universe. Every time he would mention it, or when he started writing ‘The Long and Winding Road’ and talked a little about it on social media, it always made my heart hurt—for me, and for him. It's obvious why it would hurt for me, but I couldn't imagine how TJ would feel, saying goodbye to these characters who started his writing career. So, it is with a heavy heart that I write my review of this final book of a series that has brought me unending laughter, heartache, tears, and a family. These characters are etched into me in ways I never could have imagined, and I have the author to thank for that.

I thought it was pretty spectacular how the author broke this book into three parts - past, present, and future. Even though some of the past section is stuff I already knew from reading Tyson’s story, ‘The Art of Breathing’, I got to see it in a different light. Plus Tyson, naturally, was the narrator for his tale, while this final book is a return to Bear telling the story. And then, there's the present, which I think can be summed up pretty well by the following quote:

“And for the first time in my life, my little sister launches herself into my arms. The weight of her reminds me so much of Ty that I can barely breathe around the lump in my throat. She sobs bitterly against my chest. The blood roars in my ears…..
“Twins,” Otter says from somewhere behind us. He sounds just stupid with awe, and through the haze, I am barely grasping what he’s saying. “Jesus Christ. We’re having twins?”

I can 100 percent guarantee that the events that immediately follow had me laughing so hard I thought I might need to make a dash to the bathroom! But then it wasn't all laughter, it was their new reality, and Tyson came home for the summer. So he and Bear had adjusting to do. Otter and Bear had adjusting to do. Hell, I think it's safe to say that everyone had some serious adjusting to do. Change was coming and not everyone deals well with that. Their family was growing with Izzie and twins on the way, but in usual Thompson family style, they handled it, even when it got rough. Then there was the future. But I'm not going to tell about that. It needs to be read. Trust me. And maybe have a few tissues at hand. For, you know.

Goodbye Bear. Goodbye Otter. Goodbye Kid (Tyson). Goodbye Creed, Anna, Dom, Izzie, Mrs. Paquinn, and everyone who made this family. You will be missed. You are loved.

“We have lived. We have loved. We have lost. But we’re standing. For all that we are, we’re still standing.”





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 346 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-November-2019
Price $5.99 ebook
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