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Rick's Bear

(Boys of Brighton #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.


Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and prefers to be left alone. After growing up in—and barely escaping—one of the toughest motorcycle gangs out of Chicago, he just wants peace. Librarian Rick Johansson is the same. Due to his anxiety, he has always lived on the outskirts
Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, mm-fiction
I really wanted to like this. I really, really did.

It has a premise of hurt/comfort that I love and hoped would be set up well, but I had a really tough time with this. I found the characters one dimensional, there were way too many time jumps, situations that could have been set up to pull at the reader's heartstrings and make the reader engage in the story were off page or barely given attention, and the story was mostly tell and no real show.

I liked Bear and Rick at the surface, but that's a
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rick's Bear is all about the characters. Rick is so sweet and I love his quirk of spouting off random, obscure facts. His aversion to crowds and attention makes being around others a challenge, but that's something with which Bear is more than happy to help him. Bear is so attentive and caring, putting Rick first and making sure Rick is not uncomfortable. Together they are one of those couples who complement each other perfectly.

I did think the drama that was introduced was a bit over the top, s
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Again with the instalove, but I don't care! This series is like crack for me. ...more
Fallon Cahan
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This definitely opened my eyes to the Boys of Brighton series and its author. The story hits on some very sensitive points such as past domestic abuse, both physical and verbal, its lasting effects, panic attacks, social anxiety and depression. It also focuses on the process of healing. The MC's, Rick and Bear, both have troubled pasts. They both show how much more they are than just the sum of their parts. Their story is full of angst, sweetness, love and passion. The cast of Rick's Bear is wel ...more
Kenzi Bond
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bear is the whole package. He is caring, loving and considerate. When he finds out about Rick's social anxiety he reads up on how to help. He's adorable in his kindness towards Rick. I found Rick to be sweet and brave. I liked that as the story progressed, he didn't get magically cured from his anxieties. Too many books like to make mental health issues either easily fixed or disappear all together. I am now wanting to read more in the series. I received a free copy for an honest review. ...more
Stephanie W
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Before Bear came along, Rick's life was really tough.
As a shy librarian, Rick needed someone who not only understood him, but was also sweet and protective. Bear was that perfect match.

One of the most romantically endearing, a little drama, and its fair share of humor. Plenty of love to give you all the book boyfriend feels.

**I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.**
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
omg this was sooo adorably sweet and fun.. rick and bear made me smile many many times.. they are just adorable... together they are perfection.. apart they are complicated and sweet.. they are so much fun.
Karolina Cebula
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, in-english
Rick and Bear are apples and oranges. The former is a shy, calm librarian who is still struggling with the consequences of an abusive relationship. The latter is a former motorcycle gang member who decided to quit that brutal life and now is just a gentle giant who runs a diner. They are head over heels in love with each other, but they don't have courage to take the first step. Unfortunately, when Bear finally gathers his courage, invites Rick to dinner, and their feelings have a chance to expa ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think, so far, this is my favorite of the series. Yes, I know, there are quite a few more to go, but there’s just something endearing about Bear and Rick that have just left me…..gooey. I can’t get it to too much, because I don’t want to give stuff away, but if you guys haven’t read this series, you are missing out. There’s just a sweetness about these guys, even the harda** ones. The soldiers. They just have something in them all that leaves you wanting more from them. But these two are just ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-as, m-m, love-bytes
This is the second story that I’ve read in the Boys of Brighton series but it can most assuredly be read as a standalone.

This time M. Tasia gives us the story of Bear and Rick – the ex-biker and the shy librarian. I loved the match up between these completely different characters, and I appreciated that although the big, more confident Bear did instigate the relationship with the smaller, awkward Rick, he didn’t possess all of the answers to make everything perfect. What he did have was the pati
Morgan  Skye
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a series that is best read in order, but you can hop around if certain aspects draw/repel you from one story or another.

In general each book is fairly similar: One very “alpha” male (or 2!) finds himself attracted to a more submissive male and the desire to protect and love and care for him drives him to be super adorable, mushy and overprotective!

Of course there is a life threatening danger putting our guys on the line and usually something horrible in the past making them seem even mor
Rick Johansson is the Librarian in this crazy little town of Brighton. He is recovering from a past relationship that left him physically and psychologically scarred. To his credit, he's managed to carve out a life for himself in this cozy town... he works happily at the library and is even getting slightly used to the attention of Bear.

Bear owns the diner in town. He couldn't' be more different from Rick. Bear used to be an enforcer for a motorcycle club and he too bears scars from his past lif
Brianne McCallum
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free arc copy from the author for review.

4.5 stars

This would have been a 5 star read but holy cliffhanger!!! and I hate cliffhangers. I'm hoping there will be some closure in the next book but that's a different couple so I just don't get the reasoning for it. Other than that I loved this just as much as the first if not moreso and I liked it way, way more than the second book.

This can be read as a standalone but if you intend to read the series then read them in order as there's
Coastie  Mom
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, I am getting more and more into this series as I read each story. My emotions are getting the better of me as I read this one as there are some pretty sad parts to the story and then there were times I wanted to scream! This is the story of Rick and Bear. Rick is the librarian who has had a rough relationship and tends to have panic attacks when he has to be in large crowds – so he avoids them at all costs and stays to himself. Bear is the owner of the diner and came from Chicago after he g ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The premises sounded so awesome. Shy nerd with an abusive past, a gentle giant trying to slowly court him, a big dash of hurt/comfort. Sadly, the author then went and bogged down the story with increasingly improbably plot lines about(view spoiler).
Because of that the whole book feels rushed and one-dimensional. The book is rather short, but instead of focusing on the romance, it tried to do wa
Shannon  M. Williams
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bear is an Absolute Angel!
“Rick’s Bear,” the third installment in M. Tasia’s Boys of Brighton series of M/M romance novellas had me sucked in just as quickly as the first two titles in the lineup. Diner owner and motorcycle enthusiast Clem “Bear” Mitchell is a dominant yet tender, growly yet seductively sweet, ultra-sexy alpha who has fallen head-over-heels for librarian Rick Johansson. After years of feeling “less than”...well...everything, Rick suffers from crippling anxiety, and even that is
Juniper Greer-Ashe
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

There's a lot packed into this novella, and it makes for a bit of a whirlwind read-- there's the romance between Rick and Bear, which is, while hurried, sweet and careful, with the author taking pains to point out how patient Bear is with Rick's anxiety and his traumatic past. There's also a fair amount of danger and drama, some random, some related to Bear's family (vague here to avoid spoilers). It all unfolds quickly, and it can feel a bit rushed, but overall, they're interesting cha
Suzanne Irving
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’m really loving this series of stories. I enjoy series anyway because I always want to read more about the people in books and that is true even more so with this series as the characters and stories are so engaging. In each book of this series there are different stories layered together, from character’s backgrounds to crimes and protection tales. I also like romance stories like this that have main characters that are opposites in a lot of ways. In this book it’s Bear, who has earned his ni ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's always the quiet ones. Clem/Bear is content with the ordinary peace of his diner in Brighton compared to his former live in Chicago. He feels like he escaped his life in the motorcycle gang. He keeps his head down. Rick, the librarian can teach class in keeping his head down. He has a little social anxiety and prefers his books. He has been mad crushing on bear almost during the entire year they've known each other. Rick, was abused by an ex and it darn near broke his spirit. Bear is aware ...more
Faye K
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars ★ An adorable story for Rick and Bear. Rick is happier when he let's Bear in at the start but communication is a key for them both. He didn't believe Bear could be interested in him with his faults having emotional and physical scars from his past abusive relationship. I didn't really like the scene where they show and tell scars together as too much cliché storyline. Bear's sister visits with her daughter and news rocks Bear badly. I wasn't a fan of the time jumps but it had a great e ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I never read about a “bear” before, so when the opportunity to read and review this book, I jumped at the chance. Just like the first book I reviewed for the Boys of Brighton series, Gabe, Rick’s Bear gets down to action right away.

Rick is a man who suffers from social anxiety and panic attacks because of something from his past. Bear also has his past sitting in the background. Are they an unlikely pairing? Yes. Bear’s a biker and Rick’s a shy, quiet librarian. And it makes for a great opposite
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-tasia
Rick's Bear is the third book in the Boys of Brighton series. I think this just might be my favorite one in this series. Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and Rick Johansson the Librarian both have their issues. They both seems to have feels for each other but it takes a little while for them to get together. This book is full of emotion, greif, fear, suspense, and love. I loved this storyline and am enjoying this series. I highly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the la ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this story there is the owner of the town's diner and a librarian. Clem "Bear" Mitchell and Rick Johansson each for their own reasons really just want to live peacefully which is difficult for them to do given what is going on in the town that they live in. Sometimes no matter how much you want to go it alone you find you are better off together and that is the case for this pair. Another solid story in this series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This was a fantastic story that I found hard to put it down. I loved the characters and their growth over the course of the story was fantastic. I loved this work. The plot moved swiftly and smoothly and the ending definitely had it hinting more to come in the future works and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

I give this a five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
I'll say right at the start somethings could have been set up better for Rick and Bear. Things moved fast but we must look at it like this. This is a short read. Things need to move fast. Explain the past, protect the present and project a bit of the future. This was some good characters that were opposites finding comfort with each other. ...more
Kathryn Manzella
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rick's Bear is the third book in the Boys of Brighton series by M Tasia. This is a sweet and wonderful contemporary m/m romance with hurt from the past and healing love between two great characters, Bear and Rick. There is a bit of drama and some humor, and a great dose of love. I adore this couple and the family they create together. Loved it and can not wait to read more in this series. ...more
Janet Hunt
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rick and Bear. Bear was protective of Rick. His kindness streak was off the charts. Rick was a librarian, kind of shy with anxiety. I love M Tasia’s stories, they are sweet, sappy and fluffy.
I am voluntarily leaving a review form an ARC that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review
This book takes us back to Brighton in book three of this wonderful series. I loved Rick and all his spouting of facts. Bear is great showing him he wants him quirks and all. I love this series and definitely recommend it

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Cynthia Brooks
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rick's ex abused him and now anything can cause him to have a panic attack. Bear used to be in one of the toughest MC in Chicago. He left it behind to find some peace and he now owns the diner in Brighton. Since he met Rick, he knows he's the one for him but he knows he has to be patient with him. I really enjoyed this book. ...more
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M. Tasia is an mm romance author who lives in Ontario, Canada. Michelle is a dedicated people watcher, lover of romance novels, 80’s rock, and happily ever afters (once the MCs are put through their paces), who grew up with a love of reading. She’s a firm believer that everyone deserves to have love, excitement, and crazy hot romance in their lives. Love should be celebrated and shared.

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