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In Bear Country II: The Barbary Coast [Paperback]

Kiernan Kelly
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27 Jun 2008
Bear and Pride are leaving their home in the mountains, at least for a little while. Pride dreams of visiting the Pacific Ocean, so they're off to the Barbary Coast, ready to see San Francisco. While taking on provisions in Denver, they meet a man named Beckett who asks them to go on something of a quest while they're on their trip. He wants their help to find a missing young man named Jackson Dower. The two men decide to look for Jackson, but they have no idea what they've taken on by agreeing to do the job. There's a lot more to Jackson than meets the eye, and Bear and Pride are in for more than a few surprises. Their search will take them across the prairie and the desert, to the most infamous city in the country. Danger lurks around every corner for Pride and Bear. The past catches up to them, Jackson poses more problems than they really wanted to take on, and Pride ends up wondering if he'll ever be able to see that ocean he's dreamed of for so long. Their journey will test their mettle, and their love. Can Bear and Pride survive their adventure? Find out in Kiernan Kelly's sequel to In Bear Country!

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Torquere Press (27 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603704027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603704021
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 20 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,019,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable 7 April 2009
By Erastes
I really enjoyed "In Bear Country" and had been looking forward to reading this sequel, and I'm pleased to say that I wasn't disappointed. It takes the story and character from the first book and throws them into a wider scenario, making more of the adventure of the wild west than the first book did.

These are men, make no mistake about it-true, they are very affectionate around each other when they think no-one's watching or listening (it does my big soppy heart good to hear Bear, a real huge bear of a man call Pride "darlin'" for example) but they come across as onery, horny, ordinary historical men. The dialogue is impressive and sparkling, never extra unnecessary - and the segments between Pride and Bear particularly, are wonderful. Tender and practical by turns-and sometimes hilariously funny which is something often missing in books.

Any good historical - to me - is one that piques my interest, teaches me something I didn't know, or inspires me to go and learn more about something. Barbary Coast did this in several points, most notably about the Navajo nádleeh. Not a term I'd heard before so I had a rummage around and found some reference sites. Don't get me wrong, this book doesn't batter you over the head with historical facts, but perfectly creates situations where the author shows she knows what she's talking about.

It's hard to pick one side of this book that I like more than any other - because it's beautifully balanced. The characters are excellently drawn, the descriptive text does exactly what it needs to do. There is conflict, adventure, well rounded cameos and a real sense of place and time. Not much else I can say without spoiling it further, so just go and buy it. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Barbary Coast (In Bear Country 2) by Kiernan Kelly 21 Jun 2008
By Elisa - Published on
In Bear Country Kiernan Kelly told us the story of Pride and Bear, two men of the mid of eighteen century who find love when they don't expect it. Above all since Bear was almost an hermit and he didn't think possible to love a man. Instead Pride is all alone and without family since he likes man, and in the common society this is a huge sin, something he can't reveal.

Alone in a cabin, Bear and Pride built a world of their own. The story was very good, but it was limited to that world, cozy and secluded. They didn't interact with the real world which banished them.

The Barbary Coast takes up where we left them and fills up the only weak point of the previous book, putting Bear and Pride among other people. Bear and Pride travel from Denver to San Francisco, since Pride wants to see the ocean. They don't know what to expect, they don't know the big cities, and San Francisco is a boiling city, but also a very dangerous one. Both Pride than Bear are simple men, they are too good and of open heart, and with the newfound wealthy from the previous book, they can allow to buy things and treat themself with the best hotels and restaurants. And also to help Jackson, a young boy they meet during their stay in San Francisco.

The Barbary Coast is an interesting reading for the historical setting, a San Francisco I was familiar thanks to movies and other historical romances: probably an ideal setting since it was a city that, at the end of the nineteen century gathered a lot of people from different origins and social status. And in this book Bear and Pride have the change to test their love and their boundaries, and to see if it's strong enough to survive also outside their secluded cabin.

I like Bear and Pride, but they are a bit naivee, almost innocent. I believe they are very lucky since during their journey they dare many time the fate, and the fate is kind with them. Probably not very true, in the real world, with their open attitude, they would be killed once they step outside the cabin, and instead, in this book, they meet Native American, cops, private investigators, chinese mafia, and so on, always escaping without problems, and sometime also with a nice experience.

Kiernan Kelly amuses herself and the readers, scattering many little historical details (daguerreotypes, Pinkertons...) which always make you feel more real the setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying sequel. 12 Nov 2009
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If you enjoyed the first in this series, you'll enjoy this book. The characters are well done, likeable, and kept me interested throughout. Overall, it was a great read. Well written, ineresting, funny, and a little erotic.
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