The Imperfection of Swans

Title: The Imperfection of Swans
Author: Brandon Witt and Kirt Graves (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date Book: January 18, 2016
Release Date Audio: March 14, 2017
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 312
Audio Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

I’ve just read my favorite novel by Brandon Witt.
No, I actually LISTENED to it. Honestly, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. And it is NOTHING to do with the fact that Kevin Bivanti aka Kevin Eksterowicz is a real person, and that he was an inspiration for the author. He is for sure an attractive man-judging on the cover, and his personal life’s experience gave an interesting idea for a book, no doubts. But my HERO here is Casper James. HE is the reason I cried while listening to this audio edition. (I can be VERY emotional with my books.) Casper James is the reason for my emotional outbursts. He is THIS AMAZING character who MADE this contemporary romance to something special.

As we all know now how Kevin looks like (see the cover), I have taken the liberty of presenting my idea of Casper.

This book has VERY important massages:

    – Don’t EVER give up
    – Believe in yourself
    – Love is stronger than everything
    – Every dream can come true

I honestly HAVE NOTHING to complain about here. The writing is great. But the writing has never been a problem for me with Brandon Witt books. I love the idea. The plot, the characters, all these angst, fears, doubts were so human, so understanding, so empathized. Real. With The Imperfection of Swans the author hit a big score. Emotions pure. Tension. Connection. LOVE.

Some readers talked about NO SEX ON PAGE.
Thank you for this. I need sex, I read James Lear. Sex scenes in my romance novels are secondary. All I need are EMOTIONS.
All I need is a romance that MADE me FEEL. All I need are emotions pure. Tension. Connection. LOVE. And I had it here.

This book is beautiful and full of hope, and it is EXACTLY what I expect from my MM romance books.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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