Title: The Imperfection of Swans
Author: Brandon Witt
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 3/14/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 284
Listening Length: 10 hours and 16 minutes
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 thirty-eight, 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.
This review is based on the Audiobook version of The Imperfection of Swans. It is a heart-wrenching story based on the real life of the beautiful man on the cover of the book. It is set in Boston and has a pretty extensive list of characters. This is a very complicated story. The simple plot is Kevin’s Bivanti’s dream of opening a top of the line wedding dress shop is about to come true. One of his moms has found the perfect location. A beautiful brownstone set in a highly desirable part of town. With a hefty price tag. Kevin’s mom Noelle*, I loved this character, suggest that the family including aunts and uncles invest in Kevin and his dream. Unfortunately, one of his uncles is a bad credit risk and the financing is about to fall through. Casper James, a friend of friend steps in with the needed cash to help secure his own dream, to open a pastry shop where he can create his beautiful, tasty works of art. Two men come together to make their dreams come true and fall in love on the way. Good story. What makes this a great story is the journey that Kevin takes to fulfill his dream. How the love of his family and his new partner in business and life, as well as his ex-husband, come to his aid to bring him out of the darkness that has plagued him since childhood. The chemistry between Kevin and Casper is beautiful. Casper is the most caring, gentle, intuitive character. His capacity to put the needs of Kevin first and to always have a positive attitude makes this character a superhero. The pacing is pretty steady. The narrator, Kirt Graves, gives an amazing reading of this beautiful story. The ending is a powerful happy ever after. I think that one of the better parts of this book was the character development. There was so much detail given to these men. There was even detailed character development of secondary characters. I really felt that I was part of this family. This was an excellent story with excellent narration.
* Not sure of the correct spelling of this name.