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The Imperfection of Swans Audiobook

The Imperfection of Swans

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Kevin Bivanti's dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At 38, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.

Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.

With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin's personal demons.

©2015 Brandon Witt (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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    Paul J. New York, NY 03-28-17
    Paul J. New York, NY 03-28-17
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    "Superb!"

    One of the most moving, insightful, and hopeful stories I've read (or rather, listened to ;-) in a long time. I couldn't help falling in love with Kevin and Casper, and being pulled along on their journey together. I'm so glad this book was written. Yes, it was a love story, but it was so much more . . . . That it was based upon a close friend of the authors, the real Kevin, made it all the more poignant and triumphant, and it was lovely to hear Kevin's letter to us at the close of the story. Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your experiences with Brandon Witt, and through Brandon's superb pen, with all of us.

    This book has it all: Wonderful characters you can't help feeling close with, a beautiful and sensitively written story, and all read to perfection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 03-25-17
    Kim 03-25-17
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    "Wonderful"

    New to me author, Brandon Witt has been on my TBR forever. I enjoyed the audio book very much. It will not be the last I read of Brandon

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    E.H. 04-05-17
    E.H. 04-05-17
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully narrated"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend. It is a slow burn, which in my opinion is so much easier to have in audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Imperfection of Swans?

    Kevin is a character that will stay with you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kevin's visit with the therapist...had me laughing and crying at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is beautiful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oor Janie 03-17-17
    Oor Janie 03-17-17
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    "Wonderful rendition of this beautiful story"
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    Listening to this book after reading it, brought it to life again. The narrator is amazing. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tyra Virginia, USA 05-23-17
    Tyra Virginia, USA 05-23-17
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    "Perfection"
    If you could sum up The Imperfection of Swans in three words, what would they be?

    Beautiful real, mesmerizing


    Any additional comments?

    This was an incredibly beautiful, real story. The narration from Kirt Graves brought the story to life and I was mesmerized. Mr Graves does a wonderful job with the pacing and really adds to the structure of the story.

    Kevin has a secret that he has been dealing with his whole life. As far as he is concerned he has it under control. When opening a new business and the possibility of a new relationship brings everything to the surface he realizes just how not in control he is.

    Casper is finally making his dreams come true, he is opening his own bakery and has fallen for his new business partner. The stress of the business brings to light that not all is right with his partner but Casper isn't going to stop fighting to make all his dreams come true.

    The author does a wonderful job of layering in the realities and struggles with the love and family. And the narrator brings you into the story and makes blocking out the real world easy to do. The characters teach us the beauty in the imperfections.

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    VHB 05-17-17
    VHB 05-17-17

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

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    "♥️ Outstanding."

    Outstanding!
    Exellent storie, it touched me profoundly.
    The characters were all fantastic.
    The mothers were just fabulous.
    The Cover picture is just beutiful.
    I loved the epilogue and the main character statement at the end,
    It made it very personable .
    The narration was PERFECTION.
    Highly recommend this audible.

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    Cat Missouri 05-16-17
    Cat Missouri 05-16-17

    I love to read any genre and most topics. I like diversity and engaging characters. I write, garden, cook,craft and chill with my furbabies

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    "A beautiful story"
    Would you listen to The Imperfection of Swans again? Why?

    Yes. It is beautifully written and a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Imperfection of Swans?

    The scene in the Gym when Kevin gets a panic attack over another woman that he recognizes has the same thing he does. It is very dramatic and sad.


    What does Kirt Graves bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kirt has a smooth almost mesmerizing voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I almost did!


    Any additional comments?


    The Imperfection of Swans is a sweet, heartfelt story of a man with a secret. He dreams of having a wedding dress store, finds the perfect location and with the help of his family he jumps to start his dream.
    Casper has a dream of a bakery, and when he finds out, Kevin needs an investor and has the perfect space for his shop in the brownstone they become, partners and friends.

    I love characters, and I love how Kevin's family is so tight and helps Kevin so much. I love each of his mom's, and I also fell in love with Casper. I liked how there was some romance mixed in with the emotional topic, yet the sex was sweet and mostly off page so that it did not overpower the story but expressed the feelings of the two men,
    Brandon wrote such a beautiful, heartfelt story. I liked at the end how it had the dedication to his inspiration and told us it was based on his best friend. That made it more real and inspirational. Brandon shows that self-image is very real and also something men deal with too. I hope this story reaches some men and women dealing with eating disorders and shows there is hope and help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 05-15-17
    Steven Ankeny, IA, United States 05-15-17

    I like sci-fy and fantasy. My favorite books are Karen Miller's Kingmaker Kingbreaker series and Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.

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    "A meaningful book"

    This was a wonderful gay romance that ventured beyond the stereotypical story where two hunky guys meet and fall in love where everything is usually too perfect and not like real life. Kevin, our main character although he is handsome and seems to be perfect on the outside has some serious issues he is dealing with. Kevin is the product of an unusual family having two moms who are lesbians and a gay uncle Tony. Kevin has just gone through a divorce having been married to Scott, who looks like he just stepped off the cover of a men's fashion magazine. Living in Boston's ritzy Beacon Hill Kevin has lived a life of privilege with all of its trappings. His dream is to open a wedding dress boutique and get out of working for an insurance company spending his days in a cubicle. Kevin is on the verge of making his dream come true when he runs short of some money to get his new business up and running. Enter Casper, a baker who would like to open a wedding cake business but who is not quite as handsome and all together as Kevin but he's got the funding that would help Kevin to get his business off the ground. Although there is a spark of interest between these two they decide to keep it professional with the purchase of a brownstone in a fashionable section of Boston with the intention of turning it into their wedding dress/cake boutique.
    Kevin is very serious about his appearance and when he starts to lose weight Casper becomes concerned that there is something seriously wrong with Kevin. The book deals with the very serious issues of anxiety and eating disorders. Kevin is bulimic and must deal with this issue if his business and relationship with Casper is ever going to amount to anything. Casper is very supportive of Kevin and finds himself falling in love with him. While Kevin is very self-critical the reader gets to see him through the eyes of Casper who thinks Kevin is perfect. The difficult nature of treating an eating disorder such as bulimia is made real through the eyes of Casper who has trouble understanding why Kevin feels like he is fat and unattractive. The book deals with this topic very effectively while at the same time developing a serious love story between the two main characters. The secondary characters are also well written and important to the overall story. The Audible version of this book is narrated by Kirt Graves who does an excellent job with all of the characters. Kirt has the gift of making the narration seamless with the rest of the book to the point where the reader forgets it is being narrated. The different voices he uses go well with each character even the females. Overall I rated this book 5 out of five stars for both the story and the narration and highly recommend it to those who are interested in M/M romance books.

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    kragthang 04-14-17
    kragthang 04-14-17
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    "Beautiful narration of great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like to read books by Brandon Witt, because they always have a deeper meaning apart from the actual story. I was very happy to see there was an audiobook from "The Imperfection of Swans", since it is one of my favorites.I enjoyed the way Kirt Graves interpreted and read the book. He did a very good job and you notice that he put a lot of energy in the way he portrayed the characters of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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    Inez 03-31-17
    Inez 03-31-17
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    "Beautiful story"

    I loved how the narrator brought the story and characters to life. The story itself is wonderful with many amazing characters. I really like how the descriptions are enough to create a mental picture of different scenes without becoming overwhelming. Highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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