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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.

Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado Springs. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents' old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away - the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.

Life, it seems, has other plans.

©2014 Brandon Witt (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Sweet Romance

This was my first experience with Brandon Witt (certainly not the last just finished Shattered Door) and it was a great pleasure to be lost in his phenomenal writing style. Combined with the narration of Andrew McFerrin, I entered the world of Travis and Wesley and felt as if I was a part of that world. Witt provided excellent insight into each character, regardless of status in the story. I could feel the vial, antagonistic hate permeate from the 'evil' character and I could feel and relate to the struggles of both protagonists. Such intense skill and storytelling made this a tale in which I lost myself and related to journey of the characters. Certainly would recommend and am anxious to Witt's talents again as well as those of McFerrin's.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful love story

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This is a beautiful love story with a host of individual characters with whom I fell in love. The story is well written and the narration just awesome. I loved all of the different, distinct voices and personalities portrayed. Travis and Jason are my two favorite characters but I loved Wesley's vulnerability and would love to hear the stories of Wendy, Mason, Avery and Caleb as they grow and change. I even loved the "out there" Iris. I can just see her in those mumus! El Do reminds me of the small town in Kansas where I lived for a few years with my partner, and our son. Our rainbow stickered car eventually just fit in.

Although it sounds like a painful story, I can't wait to read The Shattered Door (why isn't it available as an audio book as well?). Keep it up Mr. Witt. You write em and I'll read em. (or listen to Mr. McFerrin bring them to life!)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A very worthwhile Read

This is so much more than a gay love story. I definitely recommend! Also,The voice actor is one of the best I've encountered.

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Good story missing something

The missing part is the Romance or the feeling of falling in love - that part is very understaded and it is the Reason the book dosnt get five Stars.
Liked the Way the main character talks to his dead wife and the fact that the kids are a Big part of the story.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story with great writing

This was an absolutely wonderful, really well written story. This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. This story is based in a small town and is the story of Travis, a widower who is still mourning and in love with his wife after four years. Wesley is the new openly gay vet in town, who retreats to the small town of fond childhood memories to forget a cheating ex boyfriend. When they first meet it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, since Travis calls Wesley the “f” word and is very hostile to him. I just thought, how the hell will the author convince me these two belong together; I didn’t really like Travis. It was a long road, but in the end, I was convinced. The narrator does an amazing job and really brought these two and all the supporting characters to life. This is a multiple POV book. A little angst, a little drama and a lot of love. My only nits were the overuse of the “f” word; giving POVs to minor characters; and, the fact that Travis seems to bring up his wife so much, it is somewhat distracting from his relationship to Wesley. Overall, well worth a credit..

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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A love story!

This book was a m/m love story but one of the first that I have listened to that didn't have any explicit love scenes. Most have a few or some are all about the sex. This book concentrated on feeling and relationships of the men with family and friends.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Not what I was expecting

This was such a lovely story. Towards the beginning, I kept expecting Travis to have difficulty accepting his bisexuality. I am so happy Mr Witt didn't choose to go that direction. It was refreshing to see people comfortable with their own sexuality in this amazing story.
I felt like each of the main characters are people I'd like to be friends with. I cried when they cried and laughed when they laughed.
This is a sweet and beautiful love story. If it's in your TBR pile, move it to the top.
Though i have it both as an ebook and audio book, I recommend you give yourself a treat and listen to the audio book. Andrew McFerrin did an awesome job with this. Each voice is very distinct and he did the regional accents well. He also read with great emotion. He made it even easier than usual for me to get just totally lost in the story.

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Small Town Romance Matures

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Small town Missouri is accurately captured in this sweet romance between two people who aren't looking for love. My initial attraction to this book was its setting, since I'm from SW Missouri. The descriptions of the town and people was spot on and was integral to the story. I wasn't expecting a bro-mance, so was a bit surprised as it unfolded. It was a sweet story with it's twists and turns and made an enjoyable read. When it comes down to it, it is a love story with the only significant difference being between man and a man. Because it lacks graphic content this story is appropriate for teens to grandparents.

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  • Kd
  • 11-14-15

Love & Happiness

What a wonderful love story, romantic love, brotherly love & familial love. It covers all basis beautifully. The romantic love is between two men, but the other does a great job of showing how love is love. Focusing on genitalia when telling about love and showing love is missing the most important point. As a heterosexual woman, I find all love to be great. And, as a result, I have found a new edition to my list of favorite authors. Upon finishing this story, I immediately hunted for any other Audible stories by this author. It saddens me that there’s only one more, but it will be purchased as well.
In this story, I also liked the low-level humor, especially from the young twins. And I liked how the author dealt with the realities of sexual prejudice found in many communities, especially small ones and internalized sexual prejudice too. It’s not preachy or judgmental and not too easy. Plus, the characters are great. It’s also not a story where sex is the center, nor is the small bit of sex explicit at all. Instead, sexual intercourse is alluded to, and some touching is told about but not described. Several of the characters use the f-word to talk about the sex act as well. The cherry on top was the wonderful job the narrator did with all of the characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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very worthwhile m/m romance

What did you love best about Then the Stars Fall?

This is head and shoulders above your usual m/m romance. This is romance with substance and style and soul.

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The narrator did a wonderful job. Even though I've come to expect excellence in audiobook narration, this narrator stands out as doing exceptionally well. The different voices for each character were really rich and smooth and distinctive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • P. S. Johnson
  • 08-18-17

Interesting characters, great narration

This story has a host of interesting characters excellently interpreted by Andrew Ferrin in his narration. He handles the different voices well so that each is recognisable and appropriate. I'm not sure about the accents but they seemed fine to me. Brandon Witt's story follows the journey of widower Travis Bennett as he realises that it I alright to love again and this time around to bestow that love on a man. Wesley has moved to Eldorado to find love and he soon realises that maybe it's not the best place for a gay man but through some twists and turns he gains acceptance and a new love. There are some heart wrenching parts to this story and Travis' late wife plays a prominent part until, she no longer needs to. Brandon writes the characters in such a way that you feel you know them even though there are several you definitely wish you'd never met and some, while well meaning, should be kept at arm's length. Travis is a man who is barely surviving his wife's loss while Wesley has been burned by his ex loverGive this story a go. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Leyanne
  • 07-22-15

Ended in an odd place

Where does Then the Stars Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in there with the best of them

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved them all but Travis was my favourite

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first kiss in the barn

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me cry. A lot. And laugh a couple of times too.

Any additional comments?

Weird ending. It felt like there should be more which is why I gave it 4 stars.