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The Imperfection of Swans

Narrated by: Kirt Graves
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Steven
  • Ankeny, IA, United States
  • 05-15-17

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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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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A saga of strength

I liked the overall premise of the book. The passages about Kevin's "illness" were affecting but there were a few "beating a dead horse" moments for me. I enjoyed the family dynamics and enjoyed the gentle pace of the book. kudos to the beautiful cover model for bravery.

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Brandon writes a beautiful story

Brandon captures the scent and flavour of life as he delves into the emotions of living and loving as a flawed human. Enjoy the fantastic narration and exquisite characterisation. But most of all look into the hearts of those living with a secret and having the courage to let someone know.

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What a treasure

Beautiful story with elegant and charming characters. Kevin and Casper are kind gentle loving men who discover one another through chance and shared passion. I loved the originality of the storyline. Highly recommended

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Stunning

The Imperfection of Swans is simply a stunning book that delves into the emotions and insecurities that walk hand in hand with an eating disorder whilst also engaging the characters in a heart-felt romance. What Kirt has done in his narration has loaned a voice that is at once commanding yet sympathetic to the story. He has perfectly captured the nuances of all the characters, shared their pain, characterized their love and beautifully told their story. Loved

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loved it

kirt graves brought this book alive. loved it and the end note from kevin was awesome.

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  • MaryD
  • 10-16-17

Perfect story

I can honestly say this is one of the most captivating audiobooks I have listened to. Such a compelling story beautifully told by Brandon Witt. Kirt Graves depiction of Kevin was perfect. I could feel Kevin’s angst whilst Casper always kept a positive outlook. Definitely on my listen again list.