Ben Walsh is well on his way to becoming one of Manhattan's top litigators, with a gorgeous boyfriend and friends on the A-list. His life is perfect until he gets a phone call that brings it all crashing down: a car accident takes his parents, and now he must return to Austin to raise three teenage brothers he barely knows.
During the funeral, Ben meets Travis Atwood, the redneck neighbor with a huge heart. Their relationship initially runs hot and cold, from contentious to flirtatious, but when the weight of responsibility starts wearing on Ben, he turns to Travis, and the pressure shapes their friendship into something that feels a lot like love. Ben thinks he's found a way to have his old life, his new life, and Travis too, but love isn't always easy. Will he learn to recognize that sometimes the worst thing imaginable can lead him to the place he was meant to be?
©2012 Brad Boney (P)2013 Brad Boney
If my friend had already listened to most of the other book in the M/M genre, had both money and time to spend, then yes I would recommend it. Not to say it was that bad of a book but for me, the plot that I'd gathered from the blurb wasn't all that compelling to begin with. And then it sort of dragged, going through the motions of the usual book with a "gay for you" (suburbs style) theme that you find in this genre. I found this book similar to the book "Nothing ever happens" by Sue Brown but ironically less climatic.
Unfortunately I haven't because it didn't really leave a strong impression on me.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Really nice feel good m/m romance. I liked it. I really didn't like the country accent David used for Travis character, but other than that...it was your basic m/m romance. Well take that back... it was a bit interesting in how Travis left Ben, when Ben broke up with Travis... it actually worked for the story though... Just enough angst, romance and storyline. I really liked the brothers too...
Nice narration. Charlie David is best with Hispanic or Italian accents, but he did great here as well.
Good credit or sale... Or just buy and save credit it the price is still under 10 dollars.
A real slice of life that kept me deeply involved in Ben and Travis' story. Family and friends play a huge part in the story, giving it wonderful depth. Just loved it!
Love MM erotica, enjoy well matched narrators with outstanding stories. They give me a great narration and I will listen to it many times.
Ben and Travis and the brothers
He does the voices so well and sounds very good on audio,
He knew the characters well to sound them out as they would be.
yes if I had the time .but I enjoy it so much I listen to it very many times.
This book ranks in my top 5. I have a hard time putting a particular number on a book because I love them all...but this one drove me to tears
I loved when Ben finally broke down and came to terms with the fact that his parents were really gone. I didn't realize how important it was for me to see him acknowledge his parents death until he did, and my heart broke for him.
I loved his voices, his southern drawl. It was sexy when it needed to be, strong when it needed to be and kept me enthralled as much as the story did.
I couldn't rename this book. The title is so apt. We see a man at the height of his life brought to his knees, laid bare and empty. It forced me to see myself stripped to that nothingness and left me wondering how and if I could make it to the other side.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
For the first time in quite a while i have absolutely no complaints about a book. This book was well written, well narrated, the characters were very realistic and easy to relate to and the story line flowed so well. An A+ Listen!
5 stars for Charlie David, but 3.5 stars for the story itself. This is a story of Ben, a stuck up NY attorney, and his journey of self-discovery and budding relationship with Travis, an auto mechanic with a heart of gold. The story is pretty predictable and the smex is good, but it just kind of plods along. It is a sweet story with some very poignant moments, but didn’t really “stick” with me as memorable. Ben is not really a likeable character, although I did like Travis quite a bit. There is a side story of Ben’s relationship with his brothers that I enjoyed. All in all, worth a credit for Charlie David’s narration.
I love the Welch family, & I'd love to visit Austin. Too many things go awry when I leave my comfort zone.
I'm not the biggest fan of "straight boys turn" storues but this one works for me. Fun, sexy, sweet, and well rounded.
Mr. David’s performance was first rate. He captured the Texas accent as well as the New York, upper-east-side accent. His voice is rich and melts into the ear like a warm caress. It adds humanity to the somewhat directorial love scenes.
This book serves as a prequel to the next book “The Return”. It introduces a subset of characters that become important second half of that book.
The novel has a lot of heart. The title character Ben is a self-absorbed trial attorney in New York City who has become estranged from his family and roots. He has a dream boyfriend and a dream job when BAM his life is turned upside down by the death of his parents and he becomes guardian to his three much younger sibling boys. While sorting the newly re-founded family out, he meets the odd duck that is destine to be his soulmate. The two characters are really an odd pairing of square peg in a round hole; no pun intended. LOL But these differences are part of the charm and heart of the work.
The differences become accentuated when Ben brings the three siblings and his new lover to New York City at the behest /scheming of his former Columbia classmate and best friend with an eye to moving the family the big apple. The trip is a disaster, throwing a monkey wrench into the relationship, and causing Ben to conclude that Austin is a better place for the family and his responsibility to rear his siblings trumps all other relationships.
The soulmate has some soul searching maturing to do as well. Stung by the snooty reception by Ben’s, upper east side, A-list friends, and Ben putting him on “time out” while he learns his a pseudo parent role drives him to a 6 month hiatus in Alaska. Upon his return he has grown a pair and a backbone and gives Ben the business he so richly earned. Ben stupidly takes relationship advice from a straight Austin attorney friend who a few chapters earlier admitted he has no experience in gay matters, rather than following his heart. He would have thrown his soulmate away were it not for the intervention of the eldest of the three siblings to get Ben to remove his head from his bum and satisfyingly resolve the love interest plot.
The most memorable portions of the book are his conversation, during a bad fever, with his deceased father; and the charming Thanksgiving Day speech of gratitude made by the eldest sibling at the end.
The sex scenes are a no holds barred directorial description of M/M action. You can mentally visualize everything. However, the sensory hooks of sent, texture, taste, color, and auditory word stimuli, that invite the imagination into the picture, are too sparsely distributed to adequately enrich the monochromatic picture flashing in your brain.
My recommendation is this: Enjoy the amuse-a-bouche of literary references that peppers this book designed to appeal to the delicate sensibilities of the intellect. Tuck in to the gut filling chili spiced bowl of this hot Austin Texas offering. Top it off by savoring this crazy banana split with bitter sweet hot chocolate fudge, savory salty nuts, and the pure as the driven snow whip cream with popped tart cherry on top. So dig out your book or ear bud spoon and tuck in to this adult meal of hot steamy raw sex and good old fashion down home heartwarming sentiment. “You've Gotta have Heart” and this book has lots and lots and lots of heart. Yeeeee Ha!
"awesome writing, awesome narration"
Engaging story momentum coupled with awesome writing. The narrator brought the characters to life in such a way one could almost imagine seeing the film
"The love of family and friends"
I have not read the print version, but enjoyed listening to this story.
It has to be Ben, he had so much to cope with, some difficult decisions to make. He got through it all making the best decisions he could, keeping his family together was hard work and he triumphed in the end.
I have listened to Charlie before and enjoyed his work, he did a great job here with these characters too.
Yes it was, as with many books on audio it's a bit like switching off a movie half way through, now tell me who does that?
I enjoyed this story and I will be looking out for more books on audible by this author.
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