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Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe cTyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn't seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother's devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past....

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the art of breathing Reviews

  • T.J.
    2019-05-05 05:11

    Pre-Order Now Available Ahead of June 16th Release! a way of saying thank you for your patience, I give you the blurb for BOATK3, The Art of Breathing. Much love.Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again. Surrounded by family in the Green Monstrosity, Tyson attempts to put the pieces of his broken life back together.But shortly after he arrives home, Tyson comes face to face with inevitability in the form of his childhood friend and first love, Dominic Miller, who he hasn't seen since the day he left Seafare. As their paths cross, old wounds reopen, new secrets are revealed, and Tyson discovers there is more to his own story than he was told all those years ago.In a sea of familiar faces, new friends, and the memories of a mother's devastating choice, Tyson will learn that in order to have any hope for a future, he must fight the ghosts of his past.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2019-05-09 07:24

    *4.5 stars* What a long, crazy journey folks!! I read this book feverishly all day yesterday and I am BURSTING with things to say! Can I spew them out in anything that resembles coherency? Only time will tell...My favorite part of reading this book was the familiarity of it. I wanted to cry with joy at seeing my favorite characters again. Seriously. I've been waiting for this book for so long and just reading the first few pages brought tears to my eyes. I knew I was in for an EPIC angsty journey and I was along for the ride!And for the first 50% of the book, I loved the story unconditionally. I cried, I laughed, I felt at peace, at home, and in the zone. I got to see Bear, Otter, Tyson (all gown up and twinky hot, I see!!) and Dom (aka sexy man mountain). I fell in love with them all, all over again, and got to see them grow and mature (well... kinda). I LOVED the angst, the twists, the drama. I loved the longing, the unrequited love (or what was thought to be unrequited). Did I mention the angst??And then things slid away from me a bit. Now, don't get me wrong, this book never dropped down from ADORE territory. It was fabulous and funny and all things T.J. Klune. However, I knew if just a few things were different, it would be on my all time favorites list. While I loved Kori/Corey as a character, I felt her/his storyline caused the book to veer off track. I'm the first to tell everyone to read Tell Me It's Real. It is one of my favorite hilarious comfort reads. T.J.'s humor in that book is SPOT ON. However, the mash up between the Bear, Otter, and the Kid characters and the Tell Me It's Real characters caused something of an issue for me. I'm just going to put it right out there. They are too similar! I started to get frustrated, realizing that all of the characters in BOTH books talked the same, made the same jokes. They started to fuse together in my mind into one big character-blob. Which leads me to my further issue... the focus in the second half of the book felt less on Dom and Ty and more on everyone else. I wanted MORE of just Dom and Ty! I wanted more of them together, more of them discovering one another... more of their relationship blossoming. I felt like skipping past all of the Tell Me It's Real parts and just getting back to the good stuff (aka Dom and the Kid). That being said, can I give this book anything less than 4.5 stars?? No way, and I'm stingy with stars. It just felt too wonderful being with all of these characters again. Also the ROMANCE in this book is epic and should not be missed. I love how T.J. goes balls to the wall with the romance. I can't leave this review without a couple of casting photos. I kept picturing Dom and Ty in my mind and so I want to put it out there for all of you!TyDomCan't wait for the next in the series! Get to writing, Mr. Klune!!*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Susan
    2019-05-24 01:21

    This book!!!!!!!I AM EXHAUSTED.Breathe.GAHHHH...but this book!!!!!!!It’s long.It’s manic.It's familiar.It’s emotional.It’s frustrating.But it’s HOME.When I go home for the holidays, I typically face 50+ extended family members speaking in various forms of English, broken English, or Korean. Asking me why I’m not married, aren’t I going to have children, why my hair is so long, if I’ve gained weight, how my job is going, will I ever move back to San Diego…it’s INSANITY. And I go every year, because it’s family. It’s, well, it’s HOME.I felt that way reading The Art of Breathing…coming back to the characters that I love most of the time, want to strangle some of the time.  I’ve missed them. I will miss them more now that it’s done. They drive me crazy…and I want nothing more than for them to be happy.There's still Bear and there's still Otter (yay!)...But in the center of it all is Tyson. It’s weird…for having only briefly met TJ Klune but once and only seen bits of him online, it’s eerie how clearly I see and hear and read him in Tyson. It’s hysterical, it’s neurotic (sorry TJ! hee!), it's endearing, it’s at times a bit much, and other times it's exactly what I need.. It’s The Kid. And it’s TJ. And I love this guy…and I love that guy.Tyson has had it rough the past 4 years. (And just typing that last sentence makes me cry). Cause it’s tough to be a ‘little guy’, gifted, traumatized a bit, beyond your years…and then heartbroken. And it’s tough to watch our ‘little guy’ fight to grow up, fight to stand on his own. So yeah, I fucking cried…a lot.But I laughed a lot too. Out loud. And I rolled my eyes sometimes (as I do). And I smiled big and my heart stretched lots of times.And then there’s the Tucson Crew, who I'm told are crossover from Klune's other book "Tell Me It's Real". I loved these guys! I want more of their stories (guess I know what I'll be reading soon!) And I love love love Corey/Kori. This character is SUPER special and I'm hoping gets his/her own book! (*hint* *nudge*...where Tyson & Dominic play prominent roles please... :) (subtle I am not))And lastly, who I kinda loved best of all in this book? Dominic. Dom grew up to be quite THE MAN. I feel almost guilty lusting over him. But whooo wheee…he’s hot…and perfect. Honestly though…what I like most about him? He loves Tyson. And that deep, deep, forever-you-and-me kinda love…the one refined by fire, trials, separation, growth, and time…damn that’s good love. It's inevitable. (GAHHHHH...freaking most romantic hook EVER!)And though most of the intimate moments were glossed over on page or happen off, I found their interactions SO SEXY...(that could also be my HUGE and hugely inappropriate crush on Dom...but we've already gone over that...) *sigh*...*deep sigh*...ok, I can do this...So...I guess it's time to say goodbye Bear & Otter, bye Creed & Anna & JJ, bye most of all to Tyson & Dominic. (*bawling*)But, um…TJ?  That ending? Are you suuuuure we can’t talk you into writing one more?ETA:  Turns out I was wrong (*gasp* *shock*). This isn't the last one! WHEEEE! I've never been so happy to be wrong! There will be another BOATK book and Corey will show in another "Tell Me It's Real" book. And...I should have probably read the Author's Note at the end huh? *smh*My heart says "ALL THE STARS, AS MANY STARS IN THE SKY AND UNTIL MY * KEY BREAKS ON MY KEYBOARD!", while I hug my kindle, contemplate reading it again, sob some more, and think inappropriate thoughts about Dom in his police uniform. BUT...the responsible reviewer in me admits the book itself was repetitive at parts and I feel it could have been edited & streamlined to be a cleaner read (and I might have skimmed one (or two) of Tyson's political rants *ducks*)'ll settle at 4 stars, though I feel like I'm betraying them a bit... :-/

  • .Lili.
    2019-05-15 08:13

    The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune is the third in the Bear, Otter, and the Kid. In this book we get Tyson, the Kid's, POV. This book has three different parts and follows Ty from his childhood to the four years following his high school graduation. This book is typical Klune. It was full of endearing characters, angst, and humor. Here we got to catch up with the whole gang from Seafare and are introduced to Corey/Kori (<---CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. HIS. BOOK!). This book also includes the mother of all crossovers! It was awesome!There were parts of the book that were at times heartbreaking and difficult to read. Poor Kid, I just wanted to hug him so hard and never let him go. Not only does he feel lost because of the events that took place in his child but he's also never gotten over his first love and old best friend, Dominic. Dominic... all I'll say is swooooon ♥In this book you'll laugh, cry, silently scream (you don't want to look like a total loon after all), and fall in love. Once I started readng it- it consumed me. I was exhausted when I finished it but it so worth it. Reading this book felt very much like coming home. To me TJ Klune is simply a brilliant writer and his stories will forever hold a special place for me. This was a 5+ star read for me & best of the best for 2014.By now we are all aware of everything going on with TJ and his fiance, Eric. If you'd like to help them ♥***Thank you Meli Mel for the BR ***

  • Cory
    2019-05-13 06:01

    Oh my God, I loved it! I mean seriously, seriously, loved it! I'm not shocked because I think TJ Klune is a brilliant writer. I love the characters that he brings to life. Do they get on my nerves sometimes?? Hell yes...but aren't they supposed to? My friends in real life (no one on Goodreads of course LOL) get on my aggravate me sometimes too. OK, enough about how much I love TJ and his books and let's get back to the current book at hand.Rest assured, there will be SPOILERS ahead so please don't read on if you don't want anything to be revealed.Here are my *LOVE IT* highlights from the book:*Dominic - I love you. Break out the handcuffs and do whatever you want to me. If you were mine, I wouldn't run away from you. In fact, I would probably glue myself to you and you would never get rid of me. When he told Tyson "If you try to run again, I will find you. That's a promise. This bullshit is over." OMG! I think I yelled 'Take me Dominic' to myself in my apartment. He was always so silent and quiet before that moment and it was just a pivotal point where I really, really, started to love him.What about the present he gave to Ty for his birthday. I fell in love with him all over again when Ty was going through it and looking at everything. That right there, was love. No doubt about it.My heart broke for him when Tyson cut him off. I give him credit as he tried and tried to contact Tyson and was shot down at every turn. Four years is a long ass time to love and miss someone without any contact. I think if it were me, and I were Dom, my sadness would have eventually turned to anger. I'm sure that he was angry because he wasn't given a chance to explain, but that man has the patience of a saint (is he secretly related to Otter), and he *knows* Tyson so well. He gives him time to breathe and it all works out in the end. He was never vindictive toward Tyson because he cut him off, even though he did arrest him. But that was kind of funny :) Goddamn beach hippies lol*Creed - I've always had a soft spot for Creed. Have you ever had a friend that's always saying stupid shit and doesn't always think before he talks, but has a heart of gold? This is how I feel about Creed. I think is relationship with JJ is awesome. Is it conventional? Um, I guess not, but it sure is fun to read. I was cracking up with JJ when telling the joke that Creed told him at the dinner table. Oh, I'm sorry, it wasn't Creed, it was someone named.....Leed. No one would have ever known it was Creed. LMAO. Anyone who has read the previous books knows that no one can write a dinner scene like TJ Klune. They are always classic and this one was no exception....but I will get to that later. Even though Creed has some questionable parenting skills, you can see that he LOVES his child. They have a unique relationsihp, but it works for them. I think he would be an awesome dad to have in real life. Plus, he has Anna to help balance him so it's all good. I loved when they were on Skype and he was looking at Ryan while he was naked. That is classic Creed right there when he says "What has my life come to? Asking to see penis on the internet?". Love him!*Corey/Kori - I'm always going to refer to him as a *he* just for ease in this review. But think of it as *he/she* even though I don't type that out every time :) So, I think the introduction of this new character was fabulous. It was refreshing to see someone to could compete with Tyson and it's exactly what Tyson needed in his life. What an awesome best friend! When he was spinning his tangled web in order to get Dom to come to Tucson with them I was loving it. It seemed that he was always one step ahead when it came to Tyson and Dom. How nice was it that he made sure that the sex dungeon came equipped with condoms, lube, and dildos? That's true friendship. I loved how he flirted with Otter as well as his relationship with Helena. I also loved that we got to see brief moments where he was slightly vulnerable as well in speaking about his life in Tucson. I'm very excited that he will be in future books.*Stacey - I admit it, I hated her at first. How could I not? She was taking Dom away from Ty and I wasn't having it. Well, guess what, I ended up liking her. Miss Thing can give a good little speech. When she was talking with Tyson in Dom's kitchen toward the end of the book I gained a lot of respect for her. She really drove it home on what Tyson did to Dom when he stopped communicating with him. "You broke him"....ugh! Let's face it, this wasn't easy for her. She got pregnant and married someone whom she pretty much knew loved a man the entire time. Sounds like a great time for her, right? But out of that came Ben, and Dom and Stacey make some pretty great parents even though they aren't a couple. *Helena - She is sassy! I love the interactions between her and Paul and I can't wait to read more about her with Darren. Those two can give as good as they get so that book is going to be G-O-O-D!*Dinner - What? I know, I know, *dinner* isn't a character, but how can I not talk about the dinner. Again, I love dinner scenes in TJ's books as they are classic. I mean, come on. We get to here what makes a bunny Fucks Funny. Bear is drinking and let's everyone know that they want to have a baby. Bear and Tyson get into it a little and we get to see Otter show his authority by getting Ty to apologize to Bear (God, I love Otter too). Plus, we get to see an awesome side to Creed's parenting skills when JJ says "Dad says that's not what family does. He says we can get mad, but we always forgive." Damn straight Creed!*Izzie - Is she Tyson Junior or what? How could you not love her? And how could you not feel for her when Tyson had to leave. It was so sad because you knew what he was leaving her with. Before his mom came home, I really loved the conversation between those two. They are two peas in a pod for sure.Of course, I totally love Bear, Otter, and Tyson. They might not be everyone's definition of a family, but they are my definition of a family. A true family that loves, fights, and forgives. They are there for each other and only want the best for each other. The ending....WTF....when is the next book coming out? :) What an ending it was, O-M-G! All right, my fingers are getting tired and I could gush and gush for days. I laughed. I cried. And I did that within pages of each other. I loved it, just as I knew I would! Seriously, read this series. I don't think you will be disappointed!

  • * Meli Mel *
    2019-05-15 05:22

    ♥♥♥ 5 "Inevitable" Stars ♥♥♥●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"Took us a while."He chuckles. "You could say that.""It won't be easy.""Nothing worth having ever is."I smile. "That's pretty damn cheesy. Lucky for you it worked."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I am a HUGE fan of this series and this author, ever since I read the first book. So, when I heard a third book was coming out, I. Could. Not. Wait. And now that I have finished reading it, I am happy to say that it did not disappoint.As soon as I opened the book, I was hit hard with nostalgia. I freaking missed the crap out of all of these characters!! And once I started, I had a real hard time putting this one down. So, this book starts off with an adorable prologue that had me smiling with joy at how Ty a.k.a "The Kid" met Dominic. So sweet!!======TY======Oh, how much Ty has grown, or maybe not so much in stature, but he has come along way from the intelligent little boy he once was. In fact, he has become a little bit like his older brother Bear a.k.a. Derrick. Which was really funny to see. This book goes from Ty being a kid to Ty the college student. There are so many things Ty has to get over that still affect him from his past. He also has to figure out his feelings and relationship with Dom. It was a crazy long journey and one hell of an emotional one. My heart broke for my little Ty, that I cried on multiple ocassions. Because funny thing, I still saw him as Ty "The Kid", he feels like family which is why I got what Bear was going through. I didn't want him to suffer, instead I wanted him to have love and all the success and eco-terrorist like him could have.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"We're good together. You and I.""I know," he says. "We always have been." And we always could be goes unsaid.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●So many things took place in this book. Stuff I won't get into detail about so as to not spoil it for anyone. Yes, a lot of it was heartbreaking but there were also a lot of laugh out loud moments that you come to expect from a T.J. Klune book. I love the over the top banter and humour. I simply couldn't get enough of them all.======DOM=====Then there is Dom, who I'm not going to lie, I REALLY wished I could have gotten a bit of his POV to know what was running through his head, but oh, well. I will say that Dom made me swoon really freaking hard. I love the way he is with Ty. He is his protector, his friend, anything Ty needs him to be. They share this unconditional love for one another that no matter how much time goes by, didn't seem to diminish it. I just loved that and them together. It totally melted my heart.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"You and me? It might take time. It might be hard. But I will stand by you and I will help you breathe, and if there are days when there are earthquakes, I promise you I'll protect you from anything that falls."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I've got to say that one of my favourite scenes from the book was having the characters from Tell Me It's Real, (another absolute favourite of mine) and the characters from BOATK all together. It was so freaking hilarious and so much fun that I was high from it all. It really was awesome and I loved the way T.J. wrote those parts and kind of poked fun of it all. I also really loved Kori/Corey, the best this character really was. I could not stop snickering during his/her scenes.●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"I don't need any other home," he tells me roughly. "I don't need any other home than you, so you don't ever forget that, you hear me? You don't ever forget me. You can't. You just can't."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●I really had a blast reading this book, well except for the really emotional parts that had me weeping. But I loved it all!! Like I mentioned before, these characters feel so real that they feel like family. Each and everyone of them have a spot in my heart. I loved the writing. I loved Ty and Dom together. And that ending...seriously!! That epilogue has me wanting more!! Now!! Overall, it was en emotional but very EPIC read that I truly loved. I can't wait to see what comes next!!~Buddy read with Lili~ <3

  • Jewel
    2019-05-07 02:11

    I want to say I'm ready for the fourth book. And I am...I so am. But I'm not ready to say goodbye. I doubt I ever will be. ---From my second reading (23-25 Nov 2015)---The Art of Breathing grounds me like no other book manages to accomplish. When I am feeling out of sorts or can't seem to get into another book, sometimes I will just pick this book up and start reading from a random-ish point and just read for a while. It never fails to get me back on track. This time, I decided to read it from beginning to end, and what it journey. I cannot wait until book 4 comes out. I'll probably reread the whole series then. Thank you, TJ, for this amazing book and series!---Review from my first reading (1-2 June 2015)---This is the first series by TJ Klune that I have read and I think it might just go down as one of my favorite series ever. I love the writing, the story and the characters so much, that even the lack of steam didn't take away from how much I loved it. It's such a highly emotional series - I laughed, I cried, I was angry, I was happy, I was sad and everything in between. And, I am ecstatic there will be a fourth book.Pretty much as soon as I read Who We Are, and I saw just how wonderful Dom and Ty were together (even just as best friends), I could not wait to dive in and take a long swim in their story. And it's heartbreaking and I had to practice the art of breathing some myself, since I was feeling so much, my chest constricted.In the epilogue of Who We Are, we learn that Ty is gay and that he is in love with his best friend Dom. In the beginning of The Art of Breathing we learn that Dom got involved with a woman that Bear introduced to him. Is Dom bi or is he just trying to play it straight? We know from a comment that he made to Bear in Who We Are, that he is attracted to guys, but maybe he felt he couldn't explore that and be a cop in their small conservative town. So, there's a whole clusterfuck of events that happen that tear Dom and Ty apart and hurt them both deeply.Ty seems so lost in The Art of Breathing. He's the most vulnerable I've seen him. He's not nearly so sure of himself and he is finally old enough to realize that he doesn't know everything.Now, I have lots of opinions on what went down and how everyone handled it. I think Bear made a mistake by allowing Ty to shut Dom out. I get it, I do. He couldn't stand to see Ty hurting. But allowing that situation to go unresolved for so long had dire consequences because Ty wasn't being honest with Bear and Otter or his therapist or himself about his mental state. He pushed it away and hid behind his meds instead of dealing with it all head on. He was just a kid and as mature and adult as he often seemed, he just didn't have the life experience to cope with what he saw as a betrayal by Dom. Hindsight is 20/20, though. I probably would have reacted much like Bear in the heat of things and so I can't judge too much, I suppose.In the, almost, 4 years that Dom and Ty are apart, Ty meets Corey/Kori, a bigender young person who is really extraordinary. They date for awhile, but Corey breaks up with Ty saying they would be better off as friends. When we first meet Corey/Kori, I didn't want to like them. At all. They were encroaching on what was Dom's (but, of course that wasn't really true, was it). It didn't take me long to be completely thankful that Corey/Kori came into Ty's life. Ty needed someone that would tell him things he doesn't want to hear, but needs to. Ty needed an ally. Ty needed a friend that wasn't not a parental figure. Once the family went back in Seafare, my heart broke all over again every time Dom and Ty interacted. Ty knew he was being unreasonable and he knew he owed Dom an apology, but every time he saw Dom, he felt so angry, he had trouble getting past it. It took Ty weeks to get up the nerve to actually talk to Dom and he got some questions answered but he was afraid to ask what he really wanted to know. They danced around each other expertly. Thank goodness for Corey. Corey/Kori also, very expertly, manipulated both Dom and Ty to force them (particularly Ty) to face what they really meant to each other. And it's a process.It takes them some time, but Dom is a patient man and he is not letting go this time. When Dom and Ty finally came together, it made my heart sing. they still have a ways to go, but they will get there. They are strong. Stronger than they know. And I really look forward to the rest of their story.

  • Alvin
    2019-05-14 08:02

    AN INEVITABLE HIT!ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR SO FAR!I've read some of Mr. TJ Klune's books already and I can already tell (I think) his writing style. I call it "ALL-OUT". Let it all out there, no holding back kind of writing. And with that, he gets ALL MY EMOTIONS OUT when I read his books.Into This River I Drown has All Out GriefTell Me It's Real has All Out Laughterand the Bear, Otter, and the Kid has All Out Drama. And its third installment also has that. This third book has got me crying a lot (really, so much.) just like what BOATK did to me. And that's a great thing because I don't cry that much when reading. I'm so invested with all of the characters (especially Tyson here) that every little thing they've done affects me so much. And reading Ty's story, it helped me understand him more, feel and symphatize for him more, and love him a lot more. SPOILER ALERT: Some spoilers ahead...Tyson & DominicI loved Ty & Dom's story. When I've read about them in Who We Are, I just knew they would be together (even before I heard the announcement of this book). And their story was a joy to read. Their "INEVITABLE" beginning, though a little cheesy, it was so damn adorable. On the part where Ty is about to leave for college, it was heartbreaking. I ached for them! I cried on that part where (view spoiler)[Ty is on the bathtub after he saw Dom and Stacey. (hide spoiler)] Gosh, they loved each other so much already but they couldn't see it yet. And both of them are still young (especially Ty) that I knew they just can't get together yet. And when the crazy happened? (view spoiler)[When Ty found out Dom is getting married to Stacy and he had a son with her. (hide spoiler)] It was so bad I felt sour reading it. Good thing they started to (view spoiler)[see each other again, (hide spoiler)] but it didn't happened easy I tell you and I felt really giddy on that part when (view spoiler)[Ty finally said to Dom that he missed him. (hide spoiler)] Their trip to Tucson, that was a lovely part!!! When (view spoiler)[Dom kissed Ty on Jack It, (hide spoiler)] that was one of my SQUEEEEE!!!!! moments. I gotta say I loved how the author did their love scenes. It was tamed but still very romantic. I think it would be really weird to read something very sexual between these two because I treat Ty & Dom like my nephews so reading something vividly sexual might feel weird. I actually still can't get over the fact that Dominic turned into this hot beefcake cop from what he was in Who We Are. I also loved that their relationship started from friendship and love not from lust like some of the other M/Ms I've read already. I felt how their love story was done fitted Ty & Dom really well.Bear & Otter. Sigh...though I know Bear had a lot more appearances here than Otter, I loved Otter's steady comforting presence in Ty's life. It was super duper lovely to see these two still so much together after all these years.(view spoiler)[The Tell Me It's Real cast! (hide spoiler)] Oh gosh that was such a treat! Seeing them all over again was a nice nice bonus!I loved the rest of the characters as well. I really enjoyed Creed, Anna, and their son JJ's banter. It's just so damn funny, that family.Some issues for me, the time setting. I was wondering how will the author pull off a story that is set 10 years later from the previous book if that previous book was published only 3 years ago. This story was set in the present with Facebook, Candy Crush, and the other very now jokes. But it got me confused, was BOATK set in the 90s? Early 2000s? I keep thinking back, trying to remember when the other books was set.I also have some other issues with Dom's sincerity for his love for Ty (view spoiler)[if he really realized he was in love with Ty during his birthday party before Ty left, why did he still get it on with Stacey after Ty left? (hide spoiler)] but it didn't really affected my enjoyment with the story, so it's alright.The cliffhanger! It's quite cruel! Expect a Book #4 guys.I am very very grateful that I've read this story. I loved Bear, Otter, and The Kid and Who We Are and this just made me love Bear, Otter, and Ty's family even more. What a freaking emotional rollercoaster ride that I truly truly had a pleasure of reading. It might be THE BEST of what I've been reading for the past months. It was THAT GOOD. Mr. T.J. Klune you're such a great great writer. I enjoyed this so much. Thank you and God bless! (to you and your partner)Bear, Otter, and The Kid series is A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED series for every M/M Romance lover out there. And this third installment is A MUST READ for those who loved the first two books.Please read this after BOATK, Who We Are, and Tell Me It's Real so it will make more sense for you.ENJOY!!! :Dmy BOATK reviewmy not so elaborate Who We Are reviewmy Tell Me It's Real review["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Gigi
    2019-05-16 07:24

    I was getting ready to bitch and moan, "Wait! This isn't a HEA, it's totally a HFN! I need more!!" Because I thought this was a trilogy. But, fuck me running, there is another book in the works!! To say I'm excited would be an understatement!Loved this book. Cried like a baby, but loved it.

  • Ariana
    2019-05-24 01:11

    Reread August 2017:Ok. It took one rainy day and absolutely no self control - but I finished this in one go. (again)And I loved it - ok, I may have skimmed over some of Bear's outbursts, but in essence all I can say - I am in awe of TJ Klune. Always will be. For some reason Tyson's story just gets me on a very personal level. His panic attacks are so real. His courage is breathtaking. And Dominic is just so awesome I can hardly express it. A bit emotional at the moment. So I leave you with my original thoughts:How does TJ Klune manage to make me care so much? For all his characters.Maybe it's because we get to know each of them so well, almost better than yourself. You know all their insecurities, their faults, their craziness and yet, you can't help loving them. And there is so much love in these three books - and not 'just' (and I don't mean that in any derogative way) romantic love, but love that's pure and sweet and something we all crave for in our lives.This is Tyson's story. But it's not 'just' (and there is that word again) about him and Dominic, it is about Tyson finding himself, making peace deep within himself. Of course Dom is part of this journey, of course he does play an important role in Ty's development, but there is so much more. Tyson is growing up, really growing up, not just by age default, and following this process deeply moved me. Again and again. And, I might have encountered some home truths there.Before I get too philosophical though (no chance of that anyway because I'm simply not that way inclined) - this book is as brilliantly written as the other two - the slant is slightly different, but it simply fits and it feels right. In case this all sounds a bit serious - don't worry. This is TJ Klune! Who else could write a line like this? United States of America? More like United States of Extraordinary Injustice Against Certain Segments of the Population All Because Rednecks Are Scared of Butt Sex.I had to laugh at the idea of Bear as a teacher - I just visualize his pupils' little faces when Bear lets one of his infamous thought hurricanes loose! And meeting the guys from 'Tell me it's Real' was fun, too. I really must read Sandy and Darren's story soon!This series though is something special, and something you really shouldn't miss.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Josy
    2019-05-24 00:27

    So, so awesome, fantastic, and amazing!! I have no words!I can't wait to start the last book but I already know that I'm going to be really sad when I finish this series.

  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    2019-05-12 05:10

    I loved this book a bit less than the previous one, but a 5 star rating nonetheless. I liked Ty's POV very much. Sometimes he seems so naive and cute, despite theGENIOUShe is and claims to be. There were so many tender moments, so many moments Ty feels unsure and all his suffering with the panic disorder. I loved how he sees his relationship between Bear and Otter:"I've never understood how people could be so against them when they look at each other the way they do. All they've ever really wanted is each other and to exist in their own little corner of the world."Ty is so similar to Bear. He adores him so much. He thinks Bear is his whole world. I'm so glad they have each other. Their brotherly love is such a wonderful thing. I cried so much when he said he considered Mrs. Paquinn his mother rather than his biological one:"She taught me that family's not always defined by blood. It's those who make us whole. Those who make us who we are."The funny moments are so consuming, I swear I've never laughed so much with another series before:"I laugh too, but only because I don't know what we're laughing at. His is the most erotic laugh I've ever heard, all dusky and full of gravel. I sound like a chipmunk getting run over by a car. "I loved Corey/Kori and how he/she helped Ty. And I loved little Izzy too. She stole my heart. And of course Dominic. His best friend, his partner, his lover. I'm so intrigued with the way the author chose to develop their story. How are they gonna sort out everything? What's gonna happen with little Ben?I heard there's a 4rth book coming out this year, and I can't wait. So excited :)

  • Rose
    2019-04-25 08:24

    4.5 starsMy all time favorite author! I want Tj and Eric strong,healthy,HAPPY and married.

  • HR readsNstuff
    2019-05-20 01:07

    This book started off really well and it jerked my heart strings nicely with some good old fashioned angst. Unfortunately I had one big problem about the story which started happening when Ty got back to seafare. (view spoiler)[ I hated that Dom (and a few others) felt that Ty needed to apologise for running away and cutting him out of his life. Dom KNEW how much his relationship with Stacey hurt Ty. How was Ty supposed to behave after he found out about the wedding? Be mature and wish Dom well? He was 15 years old! Of course he wasn't going to be able to be rational about it, but for some reason he was the one that was supposed to 'man up' and apologise? From where I was sitting Dom was the one who needed to do that and then crawl for forgiveness. Especially after he admitted realising his feelings for Ty just before he left for college. Sorry but trying to visit Ty to explain himself and then being angry because Ty didn't want to or feel ready to talk about it just irritated me and I kept trying to find my way back to loving Dom but in the end all I the feelings I could muster up for him were lukewarm. I felt like Ty was the victim who was forced to say sorry. I also hated that everyone kept secrets from Ty about Dom's life and let them just smash him in the face when he stumbled upon them.(hide spoiler)] and unfortunately the story didn't really recover for me. Except that I loved loved loved catching up with the crew from Tell Me It's Real . and a big damn you tj klune for that teaser ending!

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-05-02 03:09

    4 StarsAnother heartfelt win, this brought all the elements I loved in the first two books and applied it to Ty and his journey which is tightly interwoven with that of his BFF Dominic - their first meet cute, their deep friendship, and a devastating turn of events that definitely tests what they mean to each other and how they reconcile their issues. As Ty comes to learn some facts and accept some truths, this was never short on the drama, as it often takes obliviousness and denial to new levels. By no means was Ty and Dom’s journey easy, as Klune knows just how to kick a reader hard in the proverbial balls, while wrenching out tears one second, and causing fits of laughter in the next.Always entertaining in its absurd and gleeful humor, this also was so adept at the amount of feels, bringing Ty back full circle to his staunchest supporter, Bear, showing beautifully just how strong their brotherly bonds are and always will be. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this, but for me, Bear and Otter reign supreme as the star couple of this series (“I love you Otter!!”). Nonetheless, it’s with bittersweet, conflicting emotions that I eagerly await the conclusion of this entire amazing ragtag family. If the last 3 books tells us anything, I know Klune will not disappoint!

  • ♥Sharon♥
    2019-05-06 06:03

    This series is MAGICAL!I have completely fallen for Bear, Otter and Tyson. I wish each of these guys were real. Actually I wish all the characters in this book were real. Dominic, Creed, Anna and all the others. ❤These people have become one of my favorite book families and I am dreading letting them go. I’ve already started book #4 and it is shaping up to be just as fabulous as the other three.In The Art of Breathing we get mostly Tyson’s (Kid) voice. This kid, now a young man, has been through more than any young person should. The story covers a time where we have Tyson returning home. A place that four years earlier all he could think about was running away from. Running from the pain. Things changed for him at Dartmouth. New people, new pain, new struggles. But Tyson is strong. He is resilient. Ready or not he heads back to Seafare and to Dominic. What would become of Ty? His family? Would there be a Ty and Dominic? Well, you have to read the book to find out but I will say nothing is ever simple. Not when you have Bear worrying about you, Otter taking your back and Corey/Kori interfering as he has Ty’s best interest at heart. There were tears and laughter and OMG moments that made it so hard for me to set this book down. I. LOVED. IT.

  • Elsbeth
    2019-04-25 02:21

    Re-read in Audio, April 20th - Narrator Sean CrisdenFirst of all, I want to say the audio makes this book/this series so much better!! So, Yay to Sean Crisden… What a terrific job he did!!!What a journey this series has been….I have laughed my ass off, cried ugly tears… These characters feel so real to me.Bear, Otter and the Kid… Creed, Anna, JJ, mrs Paquin, Dom etc.This book is about the Kid who isn’t a kid anymore. He’s Tyson. Ty still has issues, major panic attacks where he doesn’t remember how to breath.***************************"Life can suck. It can hurt. It has teeth and won’t hesitate to bite you."***************************Ty hasn’t come to grip yet with his mother abandoning him and Bear at a young age. And on top of that he realizes he is in love with his best friend Dom (Dominic). But he runs, the only reaction he knows, the only reaction he’s learned.Ty, Bear and Otter leave Seafare, Oregon. Ty attends to University for four years and then returns home finding that everything has changed.All the hurt between Dom and Ty resurfaces and he learns that not everything went as Ty thought it did.“Without you, I was barely breathing. And I’m lost, Dom. I’m so fucking lost, and it’s so hard to breathe and- ”“All you need to do is breathe. Just breathe for me……”I loved Dom… He was such a caring man, cared so much for Ty.*************************** “You’re not lost,” he says. “Not anymore. I’ve found you now, Ty. I’ve got you and I will never let you get lost again.”******************************************************“Took us a while.”He chuckles. “You could say that.”“It won’t be easy.”“Nothing worth having ever is.”I smile. “That’s pretty damn cheesy.” I reach for him. He lets me pull him down. “Lucky for you it worked.”****************************And the epilogue…. That was kind of crazy!!! Bear’s rambling.. again…I can’t wait to read more.“You and me, Bear.”First-read 2014, September 29th - 4 stars

  • Wendy
    2019-05-03 03:17

    I absolutely loved "the Kid's" story. Probably because I absolutely love and adore "the Kid". Ever since the beginning of this series, he has been my favorite character and this book solidified my feelings even more.This book starts, when Ty is 9 years old and living in "The Green Montrosity". This is when he first meets Dominic (Dom), who's 15 years old and a giant :).From that moment on, the two of them are the best of friends. They are inseperable and inevitable."Friends until we're old and gray. Beginning to end. Day after day. Because we're inevitable"When Ty is 15 years old, he finds himself in love with his best friend. He is also 15 years old, when he feels his heart breaking for the first time.I can honestly say, that I was right there with heart breaking just as much as his.I wish I could say that this was the only time during the book, that my heart broke and I made "ugly cry face", but that would be a big fat lie. Ty was put through the wringer in this book and he took me along for the ride. I was right there with him...trying to breathe.I know a lot of readers felt anger towards him, because of his reactions and decisions. I however am not one of them. I'm team TYSON all the way !!!Thankfully, there were also lot of happy/fun times as well. Tears were rolling down my face either from sadness, or from laughing so hard.That is the magic of TJ Klune !!Also, this book isn't just about Ty and Dom. We get introduced to a lot of new characters, who were all amazing on their own.It's also about Bear and Otter and even Creed (who always makes me laugh). It's about the amazing bond that two brothers can share. I love Bear to pieces, he's the best big brother !"What do we do?""Breathe"."That's right. We breathe, Kid. Just Breathe"This series has definitely earned a spot in my top 5 of m/m series !! I'm so happy there is gonna be more !!This review has been posted on Dirty Books Obsession Re-read March 20, 2017

  • Vanessa North
    2019-05-08 06:09

    I haven't decided on a star rating yet, but here goes!Of the three books in this series, this is the first I read in ebook form--the other two I listened to in audiobook. I have to say, reading, actually READING, the McKenna patented inner monologue is kind of exhausting--I think I prefer this series in audio!On the subject of the writing--TJ Klune is a very talented writer who is really good at guiding a reader through a host of emotions, making them cry and then offering comedic relief, followed by another emo-charged sobfest, rinse repeat etc. etc. It's all very carefully done and orchestrated. I enjoyed, once again, being led through this emotional purging, because that's what TJ Klune does, and that's what you're signing up for when you read a TJ Klune book.My biggest issue with this book was the character of Ben. Mind the spoiler tags. They are really, honest to god, spoilery. (view spoiler)[ I don't think Ben's autism added to the plot or characterization of this story. As the parent of an autistic child, I found the portrayal problematic. Autism is a spectrum, not a checklist of behaviors. Stereotype =/= characterization. (hide spoiler)]Recommended for angst-lovers and TJ Klune fans. Enjoy!

  • John The Cosmic Wanderer
    2019-05-07 04:23

    T.J. Klune is a brilliant writer! No doubt about it! He can write a very angsty depressing gut wrenching scene and the next page would be LOL moments. He's really good at making emotions jump right off the page. Why not 5 stars? I find Ty's internal monologues a bit too much. It was kind of frustrating and exhausting to live inside his head. (view spoiler)[ I also wanted more Ty and Dom moments and less of the others.(hide spoiler)] There's also a sadness to the story. Even as the story ended, I felt like Ty and Dom will have a challenging future ahead of them but I think we will see more of them in book 4 so I have no worries there. :) I love seeing the characters again and the Tell Me It's Real crossover is pretty awesome and I would very much like to go back to Seafare again. TJ Klune will be forever be an autobuy for me and I cant wait for his next book which will be coming out in July 25!!!

  • Tara♥
    2019-05-10 07:24

    "Here are the places of my youth.Here are the things I've tried to forget.Here they all are, spread out around me, and it's like I've never left.Here is where it began.And here is where it begins again."Oh Tyson. Poor, poor Tyson.The Kid is in a bad place, I guess it's not really surprising that the events of Ty's past have begun to weigh heavily on him. Ty is lost, lost and confused and his way of dealing with his ghosts really isn't working.'The Art of Breathing' is more than Ty and Dom's story though, it like what has come before is a story about family, about brothers but it is also a story about a boy trying to become a man, Ty has always been old beyond his years and because of that I think he is stunted emotionally. For someone who, like his brother, talked incessantly his inability to communicate was outstanding. I wanted to shout at him. I wanted to shout at him so bad. But as with Bear I can understand why he is the way he is. It's easier to push people away, to be the one who leaves, than to be the one left behind. And when you were left behind at five years old by someone who is meant to love you unconditionally I guess running and pushing away the people you love before they do it to you is understandable.Ty and Dom's relationship was a frustrating one, it was also a thing of beauty and a thing of heartbreak. Two broken kids meet in the most adorable (and gross) way and become best friends. They become each other's cornerstone, they become family and eventually they become each other's everything. "Bear may be my rock, but Dom is the force that moves me.""Because it has always come back to you. Without you, I didn't have a home. Without you, I was barely breathing."But as is the way in the world of Bear, Otter and the Kid, Ty and Dom take the hard road. Seriously I'm all for the angst but I thought I was going to have to smack some people up the side of the head. TJ Klune is mean, he made me not want to put down the book, because I really, really, REALLY needed to know how things were going to go. I almost cancelled a night of wine with my girls because of this book. I think TJ is a magician of some kind, or a warlock, or (this is closer to the truth) a freaking awesome writer. I am invested in these people now. I'm a little bit in love with each and every one. They are completely crazy and over the top and oh my goodness but they are the best. Add to this crazy bunch the beautiful and fabulous Corey/Kori and the awesomeness of all from 'Tell Me It's Real' and it's just one big bag of crazy beautiful. So much fun and also so sad. Ty's constant. The person who won't allow him to be completely on his own is Bear. Bear has passed his crazy onto Ty and when I started this I really thought I was going to miss Bear's voice, but fear not, Ty is even more neurotic than Bear. Their relationship is totally co-dependant but I'm not sure it could ever have gone any other way. "We're little guys, he and I. Just little guys."'The Art of Breathing' is tough to read at times and it's frustrating but it is also hopeful. Obviously the major theme throughout this is the art of breathing. Knowing TJ and his fiancé Eric's story makes this theme both beautiful and heartbreaking. Ty and Dom's relationship is complicated, it drove me crazy, their inability to sit down and talk about their feelings was so annoying but you know what? It's a really lovely story. The reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because I spent most of it frustrated and also like the first in this series, this book sets us up for Ty and Dom's part two. I need that book, I can't wait to get it and after that cliffhanger if I don't get it within the next year I will chain TJ to a desk. Just so you know.So.Dom and Ty?It's inevitable. "Friends until we're old and gray.Beginning to end, day after day."Update 19 January 2015:Oh, oh, oh! So it looks like I won't have to chain TJ to his desk, by the looks of it he is going to do that himself. According to his Facebook page this is his 2015 schedule and book four set to be completed in December. Fingers crossed! Also 'Tell Me It's Real 2!! I may pass out from the excitement, Sandy is going to own Darren I just know it!

  • Traci
    2019-05-14 06:14

    OMG, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it! I'm afraid to review it because I do not want to give away any teasers, because, I just can't, you have to read it and gasp, cry, laugh, and do all that all over again depending on which chapter you are on. T.J. you did it again!! Of course the dinner scene, of course, the knock knock jokes, and Bear's famous rants!! I feel like I am in your head when I read Bear's famous scenes and cannot believe you can write a conversation like that down. It's like you have to be writing as quick as he is talking...! They are epic and I have to reread each one to laugh again. I cannot wait until this comes out on audio and we can hear someone like Charlie David narrating this and then stops and takes his "big breath" then continues.This story spans the life of Tyson or "the kid" from 9 until his 20th birthday. There are even times he steps back to when he was 5 yrs old. But it basically is the story of Ty and Dom. The beginning of the friendship, how they became friends, how the became "inevitable" and how they each became "mine". It was so interesting to see how there was a "need" in both to be filled and how it was eventually accomplished. It took many years, many tears, heartache, and misconceptions to get to the "inevitable" and it was, "inevitable". We see a side of Ty that is the same, but so different from "Bear". The similarities was incredible. But the one thing we don't see in the first and second book, is how Ty has or has not been dealing with his own voices in his head. We see his survival mode, similar to "Bear" in so many ways, but different, because he's just "a little Kid". Ty has never truly dealt with his abandonment issues and they seem to be the foundation of this book. It is painful and boy did I cry, and cry. But in the end, issues are resolved! We get to see all our favorite characters and even get cameo appearances from his other book "Tell me its Real". That is hilarious. You even get a little from Johnny Depp! We meet Corey/Kori who is Ty's best friend from school and someone else (can't tell or it would ruin another chapter). Our old favorites are back and Creed/Anna/JJ are my favorites, I think (there are soooo many in this book). We also get an understanding about how important Mrs. P was to Ty. Of course we get a big dose of Bear and Otter and their continued love, support and friendship to all. I could write for days, but you just need to go take a day off and read it. You will not be disappointed. Take the journey to see "the Kid" through other eyes and now be "Ty", which is how I think of him now. T.J. includes a wonderful epilogue that ties up all issues, but does leave us with "one more". Maybe he will be nice and make it a XMAS novella so we don't have to wait!

  • Sara
    2019-05-17 03:24

    I will review this onceIcan breathe....I will just say I loved it for now. Ty and Dom...Dominic he is beautiful and may have passed Otter up on my list of swoony boys in books. Just a tad but damn, he really had some good moments. Classic Death by Klune this was.

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2019-05-10 07:00

    3.5 starsNot exactly what I expected, but not in a bad way. After that ending I am DYING for a 4th book. Pretty please TJ???? Please???

  • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
    2019-04-27 02:27

    Make sure to enter the giveaway for a copy of the paperback:’m so in love. With TJ Klune. Don’t tell my husband. Its unfair to him to know that he has competition for my heart. Not that my love will ever be requited. I know that. And I am totally ok with that. I have a case of awe-inspiring hero worship.Typical heroes carry shit. Like swords, and light-spears, they have bat mobiles and spider webs, A gold lasso. A cape.My heroes always carry words. ALWAYS.That’s the thing about words. Once they are written they can never be taken away. And if those words can touch the core of you, they will stay with you forever more.Forever more, forever more, forever more is TJ Klune to me.Mr Klune, don’t ever stop doing what you do.EVERCause I’m just a Canadian girl, not French Canadian mind you, who’s son had inspirations to be a zamboni driver when he was 3.( do you know how much I laughed at that) I sit in a cubicle. I however am not in a loveless marriage and sex is not just a full moon thing, And as I sat at work, in my cubicle at quarter end (busy busy time for me) I didn’t care who saw me reading and laughing and crying. Because all those people are soulless sales reps that would never understand all of my feelings in that 8 hour time frame. They didn’t get to enjoy Tyson and Bear and Otter and Dom and Ben and and…. I smiled, a little maliciously, cause that piece of heaven that was given to us by you, Mr Klune, was only MY piece of heaven in that time frame.This book made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to burst something.Thank you for all my good laughs, and tears at the hand of your words.Cause the tears were aplenty. Aplenty I tell you.And it was worth EVERY.SINGLE.TEARThat feeling of your heart near but bursting, that immense feeling of happiness to sadness, the high’s and the low’s, the love, the hurt, the loss, the pain. The everything. The every Breath. All of it, the past 24 hours were so worth it.It was inevitable.BOATK is journey that I as a reader will never ever forget, This book is so memorable, endearing, heart warming. Its like wrapping yourself in your favourite blanket and sitting outside with a cup of coffee on a fall morning; The sound of your kids having a conversation with each other; Your husband telling you you look pretty. Its the little things that all add up to 1 whole big spectrum of amazing, astounding, unforgettable…. I can’t think of any more adjectives.As I neared the end,I didn’t want it to END. I tried to savour this book like 1 might savour a good wine. But like the glutton that I am, I just couldn’t stop and that’s fine, because the re-reads that will be going down until BOATK4 will just need to tide me over.TJ Klune has another book coming out July 25th. Dare I say it may be Sandy and Darren’s time? Or maybe Kori/Corey who really deserves his own HEA. One can only guess and wait. The wait’s not long though, because forever more, forever more, forever more.Mare~Slitsread

  • Duck
    2019-05-10 00:13

    3.5 stars...I have to admit I am a T.J. Klune fan. His characters are known for neurotic monologues that I find hilarious and endearing. I'm just not sure how I feel about this latest release. I enjoyed the story but there are aspects that I had issues with. First I feel like the book is too long. This is unusual for me, I normally prefer a longer story. It seems like most of this book is spent in Tyson's head - inner dialog that runs along similar lines over and over and over. I found myself wishing for more action, and more interaction between characters. It makes me really sad to say, but I just didn't connect with Tyson the way I did with Bear. Possible (view spoiler)[ I generally don't like stories where characters spend years apart over a misunderstanding. I see why it happened in this story, but I wanted more. We spend so long (250+ pages!) waiting for the reconciliation that we know is inevitable ;). I wanted more time with Ty and Dom together. More interaction. And after making Dom wait four years, I didn't want Tyson to make him wait even longer! Poor guy had the patience of a saint!(hide spoiler)]Even with all that, part 4 of this series will be a definite autobuy for me.

  • Christelle
    2019-05-01 00:24

    I hated it and loved it with an equal passion. How did TJK manage to make us feel like Bear, Otter and Ty are part of our circle of family, despite the OTTness of it all ? That’s why I love this series and why I hated the beginning of the book : I ached for Ty soooo much it was not funny. After everything the Kid went through, really, why torturing him again and again ? The angst almost choked me.That’s where I know a read gets to me : I can feel for the characters. I just wanted Ty to have a normal life, as much as a normal life he could have as a genius plagued with anxiety and surrounded by the weirdest but oh so fantastic family and circle of friends. So, I LOVED the second part of the story, seeing him growing and fighting and managing to keep the hearth quakes at bay. Needless to say, I also enjoyed meeting again with all the usual gang : Bear, Otter (oh, his freaking out during the epilogue was priceless), Dominic, the funniest couple of all, I name Annah and Creed, and meeting with new characters (Corey/Kori rocks !!) and Izzie (finally…she couldn’t have been let aside, no, no, no).It was the hardest instalment I read from this series, but no mistake, it was worth it : I raged, I cried, I laughed and I closed my kindle with the huge need to meet this crazy gang again !!!

  • Meags
    2019-05-14 01:11

    Sometimes 5 stars just don’t seem like enough…I seriously had trouble putting this one down when I had to go be an adult and actually do important shit, and sleep was definitely lost as a result of my (obsessive) late night reading – but it was all totally worth it! The Kid’s story was everything I wanted it to be. For me, Tyson Thompson (nè McKenna) is a high ranking member of my all-time favourite book characters list, which is no easy feat. I made this decision when he was only a little guy and I regret nothing. He and his brother Bear, along with all the other fantastically drawn characters in this series, have rooted their way into my heart and I highly doubt they will ever leave. The Art of Breathing (again) showcased Klune’s exquisite writing skills, his mastery of creating phenomenally complex and lovable characters, and his a knack for weaving an emotionally charged and heart-warming story, that will undoubtedly have me coming back for countless re-reads. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  • Cindi
    2019-05-17 08:00

    Full review can be found at -We've been there from the beginning. We watched Bear as he fought like hell to take care of his little brother (Tyson, aka the Kid) after their mother abandoned them. We watched the Kid grow up as Bear and Otter went to hell and back to finally have their happily-ever-after. We cried as the Kid battled his earthquakes and we watched as Bear was always there for him - his brother, his protector, his everything. We watched the Kid grow up before our eyes.In The Art of Breathing we see Ty as a grown-up and falling in love. But then again, wasn't the love always there? Wasn't it as close as his best friend for all those years?Tj Klune makes us laugh. He makes us cry big ugly tears. But this is Tyson, the Kid. I've read everything this author has written to date and I have to say watching the Kid deal with what he had to deal with in this book broke my heart more than any other book the author has written. Everything, of course, comes together beautifully in the end and I closed this book with a huge smile on my face.This is an outstanding addition to the Bear, Otter, and the Kid series. I was quite pleased with how it all came together at the end and I am so happy to know there will be at least one more book with our favorite nontraditional family.This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will be purchasing a copy in support of the author.

  • liz
    2019-05-15 02:17

    I think I remember why I didn't write reviews for the last two books in this series: it's hard. If this is your first look at a review for this series or even this book, I'm sorry. And I advise you to run away to another one. I have no idea where this is going to go...Ty. The Kid. He's a bit of a mess. This isn't a surprise. The 9-yo vegetarian eco-terrorist-in-training was always heading for some sort of meltdown. Luckily, this kid has the best support system anyone could ever hope for. Bear and Otter are amazing parents and have built an amazing family. And he has Dominic. *swoon* I don't know if it's wrong to be crushing on Dom, and I just don't care. We met him as a teen in Who We Are, and he stole my heart then. This is a special guy in so very many ways. This book gave me feels. There were teary feels and laugh out loud and OMG and ok, stop talking feels. And the former allows me to excuse the latter. These are patterns I'm getting from this series and Tell Me It's Real. Klune has me laughing my ass off and shedding tears, and I find I forget about the bits where the narrator wanders off down a path of word babble. And it's some epic babble. It's not only self-recognized by the characters, the babble is almost it's own character in the stories. Sometimes it's endearing. Sometimes I find myself skimming. So maybe let's talk about the writing. I know it gives me all the feels. And I've figured out that contributes to by squee. But how do I REALLY feel? Occasionally frustrated. There's incredible talent behind these words. Of that, I have no doubt. Love them or hate them, I don't see how you can't have emotional responses to these characters. And that takes skill. I'm invested. So there's the talent. There's also repetition. OMG is there repetition. Subtle, this is not. You will be beat over the head with the concept of breathing and inevitable and a host of other things. Prepare yourself. (view spoiler)[When I read, Tell Me It's Real, I laughed my ass off. I also cried like a baby. And then I said, "it's minus 1 star for 'vagina'". I stand by it then, and boy do I stand by it now. Because the guys from Tuscon are back to visit here, and Paul came packing his foul mouth and misogynistic "p*ssy" jokes. While that's part of his character, the author takes a direct shot at his critics aka readers:"You sure talk about vaginas a lot for gay guys," Kori points out. "People might start to think your misogynistic or something."Paul waves him off. "Oh please. If you think that means I hate women, you really need to lighten the fuck up. It's a joke. People who get offended that easily are probably the same people who complain on the Internet about everything under the sun."Well, look at that. Direct shot and...miss. Because I'm not someone who complains about everything under the sun, and I find all the vagina jokes offensive and annoying. (hide spoiler)] So I'll excuse the rambling and somewhat shoddy editing, because I enjoy the feels. I'll excuse the fact this book is likely 100 pages longer than it has any right to be (and geez where is the publisher on this??), because any author who can make me laugh and cry is worth my time. What I don't find excusable? Mocking your readers. Because that's who WE are. Some of us happen to be women. And some of those women don't want to read a guy going on and on about how every feeling emasculates him DOWN to a vagina. A gaping bloody whole bunch of not funny right there. I'm not going to tell anyone not to read this. In fact, I'll probably reread all of these again, and I'll read what's next. Because I do like the writing overall, and I like the feels a bunch. I'll read the next, because Seafare is a good place to be, and I'm not going to hold one misogynistic moment against the entirety of the book. I'm just taking a moment here to say THAT moment sucked. And was painful in a wholly unnecessary and hurtful way towards readers.