Title: The Imperfection of Swans
Author: Brandon Witt
My Rating: A-
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Kevin and Casper
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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 book was one of those books. I started listening to it on audio on a late Sunday night....and stayed up way too late continuing to listen to it. The next day was Monday and began in just that way...so I decided to curl up with the print book and finish reading the book while I ignored the rest of the world happening around me.
It provided a great escape.
This book is truly Kevin's story. The prologue starts when he's a child, showing his anxiety and eating disorder and then jumps ahead to when he's 40...still battling the same things. But the difference is...when he's 40, he's in an even harder place. He's about to abandon the career he's done for the last almost 20 years to pursue his dream of opening a bridal gown shop. But it's a dream that could cost him and all his family everything as they are all risking everything for him.
Casper ends up coming into this venture midway...and becomes a partner, too. The two main characters stay just friends and partners in the business for a lot of the story. The difference is...Casper sees the issues Kevin is going through, and he's the only person who can see how truly serious it's becoming, too. I loved Casper for that and for his courage to face Kevin's issues. That seriously couldn't have been easy.
Their relationship is a slow build and then it's all intertwined with what they're trying to build with the shop...so it's really so much more complicated than just trying to navigate a new romance.
This book delves into some really serious issues, and I felt like the author did a PHENOMENAL job tackling the intricacies of the issues. The book was so, so good. Like I said, it provided me with a much needed escape and captured my attention from page one. This is my first Brandon Witt read, but it definitely won't be my last. This book came highly recommended and I definitely agree with that recommendation.