Title: The Nothingness of Ben (The Austin Trilogy, #1)
Author: Brad Boney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23rd 2012
Genre(s): Contemporary MM Romance
Page Count: 248
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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?
It was not bad, and I can understand why so many readers like this book.
Or better to say, I try at least to understand WHY. It’s a very CONVENTIONAL MM-ROMANCE with a typical HEA. I don’t belong to the target audience for such kind of stories, but it doesn’t mean that it is bad.
For my taste it’s too sweet, too unrealistic, too full of clichés. It’s me.
Nevertheless, I think that this story meets the required conditions to be a successful TV mini series. Considering a lot of dialogues…a scriptwriter doesn’t need to change a lot for a screenplay adaptation.
If you’re looking for a light MM-romance with a tiny dose of misunderstandings, with a sweet and unrealistic plot(who cares?), with a predictable candy HEA then it is your book.