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Pride hasn't had an easy life. No matter what he does, things seem to go bad. This time, though, he's not sure he can get out of his predicament, and he figures he might just have to call it quits. Bear is a mountain of a man, making a home where most folks woudn't, and he comes across Pride right when the other man's irons are all hanging in the fire. Bear doesn't even hePride hasn't had an easy life. No matter what he does, things seem to go bad. This time, though, he's not sure he can get out of his predicament, and he figures he might just have to call it quits. Bear is a mountain of a man, making a home where most folks woudn't, and he comes across Pride right when the other man's irons are all hanging in the fire. Bear doesn't even hesitate, he just barges in and saves Pride's bacon, taking the man home with him to give him a second chance. Or third or fourth. When they get snowed in for the winter, they figure they have plenty of time to get to know one another. They laugh, learn, and love, both of them finding it incredibly easy to get to know all about the other. It's not all easy with these two hard-headed men. Pride lives up to his name, and Bear is just as stubborn. They can survive their petty struggles, but will the bigger demons in Bear's past tear them apart before the spring thaws come? Kiernan Kelly spins a great tale of the late 1800s in Colorado, with a heartwarming relationship that will keep the home fires burning for a long time to come....

Title : In Bear Country
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ISBN : 9781603700078
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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In Bear Country Reviews

  • Daisiemae
    2019-03-05 20:10

    Kiernan Kelly's books are a tentative buy for me. I admit that ever since I read a horrible ending in one of her books, I am leary of buying them. Luckily, the last few books I have read by her have been good, so when I saw this one I decided to take a chance on it. I am glad I did.Pride Falls has had his share of bad luck. After his father's death at the age of fourteen, he thought he has been through and seen it all. From surviving the Civil War, and being held in a prison camp, to not having a home to call his own, or have any friends and family in his life, he doesn't have much hope that things will get better. Just when he thinks that he is getting back on his feet again, the rug always seems to be pulled out from under him. Through a series of events and bad luck, Pride somehow finds himself in the Colorado Rockies. He is robbed and penniless. He has no shelter, and is suddenly staring down into the eyes of a cougar who thinks he looks like a good meal. So no one was more surprised than Pride when he is saved from being Cat Chow by a big mountain of a man. Seeing that Pride has no where to go, and no shelter for protection, from the upcoming bad weather, Bear, welcomes Pride into his home so he can be safe. Although, Bear is quite intiminating because his size, Pride soon learns that not only does Bear have a huge heart and sweet spirit, but he also has a tragic past and has been through much pain and loneliness in his life.As a friendship begins, Pride and Bear start becoming true companions. Their easy banter and similar past makes them kindred spirits in many ways. When Pride starts feeling an attraction for Bear, he is frightened. Not only does Bear not know about Pride being attracted to men, but he does not want to lose a friendship that is the most important thing in the world to him. But, as they are confined to the cabin, Bear starts giving off signals that he is attracted to Pride, too. As they become lovers, they have many obstacles to overcome. Someone from Bear's past is out to kill him. Also, Bear is confused about the sexual attraction he has for Pride, so there is a series of miscommunication between them. I really liked this book. I guess it has the Gay for You storyline. Bear does have some issues with his attraction to Pride. But, it read differently to me for some reason. Their relationship was very natural, so it was easy to assume Bear and Pride becoming a couple irregardless of their gender. I think Bear felt this too. He didn't even know that homosexuality existed, so this leads to his upset over his love for Pride because he thought it was one sided, and alone with his feelings. Because of the interesting storyline and characters, it easily held my interest, and I before I knew it I was hoping Pride and Bear would somehow find their way to be together and for them to finally have some happiness in their lives. Both Pride and Bear have issues from the past, that they must work through before they can comfortably be together. But, I liked that they were willing to do this as a team. Their mutual admiration and affection they have for one another was quite addictive to read about, and I truly enjoyed reading their story. 4.5 stars but I'll bump it up to 5

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-09 19:22

    I really liked Pride and Bear's relationship. The transition from strangers who become good friends, to lovers was well paced. I was looking forward to reading the next book in this series, but I saw that there is a menage in it. Because of the nature of their relationship, and their personalities, I don't believe that Bear or Pride would involve a third person into the intimacy they have together. I would rather think that they didn't cross that line and end their story here. Too Bad.

  • Td
    2019-03-01 22:15

    Bear and Pride snuck up on me and left me goofy smile on my face. Very likeable characters, strangers at first with difficult pasts, who find companionship, a solid friendship full of easy banter and love where it wasn't expected. Warning: There is a villain with very bad intentions stalking our heroes...

  • Ami
    2019-03-11 21:27

    Oh, wow, this is a wonderful book. I don't usually do historical -- but this one is not like the regency type of book and it's from Kiernan Kelly, so I give it a go. The story sets (I think) after the Civil War, in a mountain, between a young man named Pride and a "mountain" man named Bear. First met as strangers, when Bear saved Pride's life after Pride is being robbed and left to die by tied on a tree, their relationship bloomed to friends and then lovers -- as bleak and hard winter forced Pride to stay with Bear. I love how they get together; it's endearing when Bear approached Pride to do what two men do when they were making love (Pride had experience, Bear didn't). There was an added "evil" to a story in a form of a man hell-bent for revenge to kill Bear and set the climax for the story.

  • Sophie
    2019-03-03 20:30

    This was a great book. Pride and Bear were definitely one of the best couples I have read about in some time. Like others, I will stop my journey with them here. I have no desire to see them enter into a menage with another person in the next book, so I chose to end my reading with them being happy and only wanting to be with one another. Too bad really because it's a black cloud that will hang over their relationship forever.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-02-23 17:21

    Setting in the late '80 years of the nineteen century, In Bear Country is a tale of loneliness and friendship. Pride is a young man, twenty-something years old, who was a soldier during the Independence War, not for an ideal, but only 'cause his father, a preacher, wanted to correct his sinful behaviour: Pride prefers men to women. After 4 years of war and 2 years of captiviness, Pride is a lone wolf, has no family e no home, and during a night, thiefs leave him with only his boots. Bear is a big man who lives alone in a mountain cabin. His family was slaughtered by a neighbor and Bear, after killing him, has flown away in the moutains where he lives alone, not bothers no one. He is 35 years old, and he has a simple and good life, but when he has the chance to spend some days with Pride, he has to admit that he feels alone, and asks to Pride to stay with him: the matters is, friendship is not the only thing he wants, he wants also love, but he doesn't know how to ask, doesn't know he can love a man. Pride is smart, smarter than Bear. Bear is a big man, but very simple in his mind: he is like an overgrown child, and a man like Pride could take advantage on him, but fortunately Pride is a good man. Two souls who find love but above all another a soul mate to share life.

  • Lexi Ander
    2019-03-02 20:18

    This is not an ideological western with hot guys walking around bow-legged in tight jeans for the pleasure of the audience.This is a world where the line between life and death is so thin that one unfortunate mishap can cause a long agonizing death. This is a land where the only lights at night is the moon and stars, the nearest town, if you are lucky, is fifty miles away which equals two days on horse and longer on foot. If you need the law, you will have to travel farther because this is the untamed west.Pride has worked for four years for a nickel a month for an ornery rancher. It took him four years of going without to put enough money together buy a bag-of-bones horse and supplies so that he can travel over the mountains to go to California and the promise of a better future. That was until he was attached and everything that he owned was stolen, he was tied to a tree for the critters to take care of. Bear came along and plucked him out of the mouth of a mountain. Now trapped by a blizzard Pride and Bear forge a tentative friendship.This story about two men who have lost it all only to find that they could have a family in each other. I loved every minute.

  • Kat
    2019-03-23 21:28

    I liked this book a lot, it has two very likeable MCs, Pride and Bear who both have difficult pasts. They are strangers at first who are soon becoming friends and they find companionship and love although both didn't expect it. I liked the setting of the story a lot, this was not a glorified historical western with hot cowboys, no, it describes the hard life full of deprivation pretty well but both Pride and Bear master their life in the wilderness. The sub-plot with a dark part of Bear's past appearing hell bent on revenge was well done and added a layer of tension to the book it wouldn't have had otherwise and would have been a too light and easy read otherwise.

  • Nancy L
    2019-03-18 20:13

    Don't get me wrong, I did like this book. What I didn't get was a wrenching twisting pulling at my emotions. Zach didn't do anything to me either It was, however, a feel-good, relationship-building story.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-03-25 21:35

    I wavered between 2 and 3 stars. The blurb just about sums up the story. Maybe it was the isolation of Pride and Bear from the rest of the world or just the simpleness of the story that had me waiting for...more.

  • Erastes
    2019-02-28 22:16

    I admit freely that I went into this book a little jaded because I could pretty much tell what was going to happen. The blurb rather over simplifies things, in my opinion though - but if it does one thing right it gives a hint that there's more to these characters than just a Bear and a Twink having a damned good shagfest in the wilderness.The feel is right; I was convinced by the era from page one without the necessity to be pumelled over the head with details. Pride is a man pretty much at the end of his rope leaving a certain unpleasant present for a hopeful better future with just enough resources (a little money, a gun, a horse) to get there. If he's lucky.He's not, and that's when the story kicks in, weaving Pride's story with Bear's - a reclusive mountain man who acts and looks like his namesake. You are fairly sure conflict must be coming soon enough - but there's a great character building section as both men comes to terms with each other and the fact that due to the bad weather (oh noes!) they are likely to be holed up in the remote cabin for the entire winter. (That's not the conflict though!)The characters are what saved this book from being another run-of-the-mill straight man/gay man shag story. They are very male in as much as they find it almost impossible to express their feelings, take umbrage at the slightest thing and grab the wrong end of every stick they are given. If it weren't for the fact that I felt their coming together was far far too early (after only three days or so) this first section would have been just about perfect.The period details were excellent. I know nothing about wilderness cabin life in the late 19th century, but it was clear that the author had spent some time learning about it; how much provisions would be needed, aspects of skinning, preserving meat - all that kind of thing. Details, yes. Infodumping, no.I liked the way that they weren't soppy with each other, even kissing doesn't come naturally to them terribly well at the first, and it takes them settling into a reverse dependency for Bear to be able to cope with giving affection rather than just having sex.When they do become more easy with each other, they are almost lickable. Their easy banter, the constant teasing - and the fact that they DON'T get on all the time is well written and believable.In all respects, the book could easily have been spread out into a novel as I was dissapointed as it was a short as it was. I am happy to hear from the author that there is a sequel in the offing, and I'll certainly be getting it.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-10 20:20

    SlashReaders: I was a little worried about this book, it had the potential to go either way for me. It wasn't bad. I was fairly happy. And you can all probably sense the but that comes after that statement.It was fairly well written, stayed true to form throughout which was good. The characters were alright they could've done with a bit of fleshing out.Two things that bothered me the most: 1) It was just too easy. Bear was great and all but he gets shot and all his reservations go out the window. I would've liked to see him work through his issues a bit more so they fight later on but then it gets written down as they're just fighting so they can have hot sex afterwards. The treasure oh it's just randomly right here we don't really have to hunt for it we just find it after fifteen years of searching? 2) The sex was too formulaic fanfiction/p0rno. Despite the fact that it had a fairly decent plot stringing it together.

  • Adriana
    2019-03-09 21:18

    I had this book for a very long time... I just couldn't make myself read it. M/M Historicals are not my thing, I read them with pink glasses because if I not they always end up being unrealistic.I started this book with Pride, bad luck and bad people always in his life, I love him, and then enters Bear (a great nickname), and I love him too. Two people who found each other, and in the way found a home.I really liked this book, sweet and somewhat realistic (How? Living in their little cabin they were able to be themselves, even in 1867).

  • Sheziss
    2019-03-20 16:09

    What a complete waste of time!!!I was expecting endless cuddling and a decent love story but it was dull and boring at best. There is no endearing long winter spent in each other arms in the way I craved. The MC felt empty for me, and the baddies were rolling-eye inducing.

  • notyourmonkey
    2019-03-23 14:26

    Ahahaha. Let me be clear. I have read a *lot* of gay romance/erotica (romancerotica?) this year, and this definitely falls in the better half. Solid character voices, even if the characters themselves (especially the villain) are a wee bit flimsy. Thoroughly respectable Ye Olde Weste indulgent idfic, even if the pun in the title was almost enough to keep me from starting it in the first place.

  • Bookbee
    2019-03-26 15:21

    A believable historical set in the wilds of Colorado. I liked the characters a lot and I was pleased that most of the "angst" in the book centered around survival of one kind or another. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

  • Yte
    2019-03-12 22:29

    It was actually quite all right until I got to the first sex scene which made me want to puke. Therefore dropped.

  • Edina Rose
    2019-03-20 14:18

    Simple, sweet romance. A bit boring at times, but worth reading.

  • Lee
    2019-03-06 15:10

    A good story, tight plot, good writing.Three Stars!

  • Khaoula
    2019-03-02 22:21

    amazing! except that the first intimate interaction was kind of fast!