Title: The Nothingness of Ben
Author: Brad Boney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Status: Available
Genre: M/M Romance
Sub Genre: LGBT, loss
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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?
The Nothingness of Ben is a excellent freshman effort from Ben Boney. I wanted to give this book 5 stars. The story was superb. Gut-wrenching, funny, loving… it had it all. I loved Ben and Travis, they shouldn’t have worked, but they did. Of course I love that it is was set in one of my favorite cities – Austin, TX.
There were two detractors for me, however, that did not allow me to give it a full 5 stars. First, was all that name dropping of Austin landmarks. We get it it is set in Austin. Maybe it is because I am a former Austin resident married to as close to an Austin native as you will find, but it just got a little old for me. The second was Travis’ grammar. Yes I get that he is supposed to be a “hick” but given the places he lived he would not have used terms like “Good Golly” (yep that one made me cringe every single time). He lived in ACTUAL CITIES growing up, even with <spoiler>an absentee mother who moved him all over hells creation</spoiler>, the schools would have done a better job teaching him grammar than that. It really screamed “Stereotype” to me. It felt like what it was an outsiders view of Texas without actually getting to KNOW Texas.
Despite these two detractors, I really did love the story. It has a very unique voice. Unlike many third person narratives, you actually feel like you are being told the story by a narrator (Think The Wonder Years but with an impartial narrator). It will go on my re-read list and I will be looking forward to more from this Author in the future.
This book was purchased by me and was not provided by the publisher or author.
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