The Nothingness of Ben

The Nothingness of Ben

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by Brad Boney
     
 

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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

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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?

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ISBN-13:
9781623801380
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
11/23/2012
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
684,883
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Nothingness of Ben 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
gerryburnie More than 1 year ago
Ordinarily I don’t read contemporary western novels. They tend to be little more than gratuitous romps in the sack, barn, hayloft, bunkhouse, or any other place where they can get horizontal, with a bit of narrative thrown in as a makeshift plot. Happily, The Nothingness of Ben , by Brad Boney [Dreamspinner Press, 2012] is an exception. Oh, it is sexy enough, but it also has a plot and some decent writing going for it. Gay Lawyer, Ben Walsh, is a young, upwardly mobile person; typically ambitious and self-centred, and in accordance with Maslow’s Theory of Hierarchy, he is far removed from his modest Texas beginnings. That is, until tragedy calls him back as guardian of his three younger brothers—the youngest being in the midst of his difficult, teenage years. Decently (I think) he responds to the challenge, and that is when he meets Travis Atwood, a self-taught tradesman and Ben’s social opposite. Travis is also ‘straight’ (meaning he’s had no previous homosexual experience), but inevitably he and Ben hit it off sexually as well as otherwise. The plot then winds its way through some minor challenges until is arrives at a happy resolution. To that extent it is a nice story, and as a debut novel it is better than many: The writing is solid; the characters are interesting and well defined; and the plot and pace are both progressive. In other words, it can take its place on bookshelves or in ebook libraries quite unashamedly. Nevertheless, I have some quibbles. For one thing the plot is far from unique. City boy (or ‘city-oriented boy’) ends up in a rural setting where he meets a handsome local and falls in love. Off hand, I can think of half-a-dozen novels with approximately the same theme, so it is becoming just a bit trite. I also agree with some other reviewers who found it a little Utopian and short on angst (contrast). On this point, however, I must admit that I hate to knock my characters around as well, but even taffy requires salt. Nonetheless, I will say categorically that the strengths of Boney’s writing outweigh the shortcomings. Besides, as I always say, your tastes may be different from mine. Three and one-half bees.
Kelly_Coffee More than 1 year ago
Let me start with just wow. This was just an overall good read. The characters came alive for me. From the out of his element Ben, just trying to do the right thing, to Travis's easy going affability and certainty of self and each of Ben's brothers being individuals. In his biography, the author calls his style "dialogue and stage direction." It may be accurate, but it also does his writing an injustice. The detail in the settings, the way you feel like the author knows exactly where things are happening, add layers of reality to the book. This was a book that I just wanted to keep reading. The pacing flowed effortlessly and the dialogue was spot on. I smiled helplessly, outright laughed and even cried a bit. And yes, the sex scenes are smoking. If you want a contemporary story that just builds a relationship, step-by-step, watching the characters grow and fall in love, this is a book you have to read. Just when I was itching for a good, solid love story, I found this book. And if slash is not your thing, skip the sex and read the love story. I promise it's worth it.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series. It's about a family thrown back together by tragedy. Ben is 10 yrs older  and has had very little contact w/the family since leaving for college and starting is career in NYC, a horrible accident brings him back to his home and 3 younger brothers.  When he gets home he finds that his brothers have befriended a neighbor and Ben starts to build a friendship w/him as well. As all four brothers navigate the new life Ben and Travis try to sort out their feelings. The passion that developed between Ben and Travis is smoldering and has you begging for more This is so well written, you can't help falling in love w/ all of the characters. You almost feel like another brother living this new life w/them! What a great start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!! I really fell in love with the brothers. I really hope the author writes more about them later on. Maybe a book about Jason? I would highly recomend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ben isn't perfect but he and Travis work through some issues to find their happiness. I really like Ben's brother Quentin, who keeps Ben on his toes.
cathydianeb More than 1 year ago
This is  a very beautifully written story of a young man that had it all, a top notch Ivy league lawyer, beginning a new relationship with a man he really likes when bam he gets word both his parents are killed in Texas. He  has to decide what to do with his three younger brothers. Life  isn't a picnic for  any of them and it's so realistic and heartwarming.  They have to learn to get along,have a new life, how to deal with grief and disapointment. Travis is a straight man that finds the love he has always wanted in Ben.  Such a lovely, lovely romance with  very sensuous and somtimes rough but always  hot sex.
sun1 More than 1 year ago
Great book - Highly recommend.. I couldn't put my Kindle down once I started reading this. The story is very well written, so much so, that you feel as if you are watching this unfold before your eyes, and not reading it. Ben, Travis and the brothers all go through some emotional ups and downs, but the book wraps up nicely with an HEA. This story is about real life and real people, that learn there are consequences to your decisions, just as you reap the rewards if you are willing to take a chance and open your heart to possibilities. Ben and Travis were totally hot together, drool worthy actually, so keep your fan handy. This is definitely an author to watch, he has another release coming this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a Great read! I loved this story line, and I am all about a well written love story. There is so much Crap in the world, when I read I want my "Happily Ever After", this book delivered that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful writing, highly recommended.
Joegon40 More than 1 year ago
I found the book extremely entertaining and wanted to finish it in one sitting. No such luck. If Austin is as gay friendly as the author says, then I can understand the acceptance of Ben from the people he encounters. I enjoyed the emotional growth of the characters and the few sex scenes were fitting without be excessive
-Jen More than 1 year ago
If I could give The Nothingness of Ben 6 stars, then I would! This was an incredible read that had me enthralled the entire time. The range of emotions you experience with the characters is astounding. I think Brad Boney has an amazing talent as an author and I can't wait to read his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Great book. Totally unexpected. Glad I took a chance on this one.
h2olvr More than 1 year ago
bookshelves: grabs-my-heart, m-m, made-me-angry, made-me-think, made-me-smile, mc-to-love, makes-me-laugh, want-more  Read from September 13 to 14, 2014 Ben was a hot shot NYC lawyer with a boyfriend when he is hit broadside by the sudden death of his parents. He flies home for the funeral and to be confronted by his 3 much younger brothers. He gives little thought to the boyfriend which says something for their relationship. His brothers have a substitute big brother who has moved in across the street. They are closer to the neighbor, Travis, then to their biological older brother. Ben is attracted to Travis, but Travis has a steady girlfriend.  I also wish that the middle part of the book enlarged upon the relationships between the four brothers. The MCs were complex characters who touched me emotionally. I like that Ben considered different possibilities concerning his brothers and his own life. Travis needed to grow to remain an integral part of Ben's life yet he needed to stay Travis. I think the author succeeded with Travis.  Ben's journey from single gay successful NYC lawyer to father substitute to his three brothers in Texas or maybe NYC is an emotional one. We are not privy to Travis' journey but feel its effects through Ben. I want to know: Did Travis and Ben have an ancient history??? It was unclear. This book had an interesting plot written well. Yes it is a plot that has been touched before, but I did enjoy this one.
teekey2013 More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Even though it is part of a series, I want to know more about these characters.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book flowed. Enjoyed the dialogue, the characters, just about everything. I recommend this book, and will be looking at Brad’s other titles. 
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Because sometimes, and this is really important, the worst possible thing imaginable leads you to the place you were meant to be all along. Even in the most dire of times, life gives you a reason to give thanks.”  ¿ Brad Boney, The Nothingness of Ben A friend gave me this m/m and said you have to read this.  So I did.  Thanks Betty.  The Nothingness of Ben by Brad Boney is sweet, heart wrenching, often humorous and has some kinky hot sex.  And while it took me a bit to warm up to the main character Ben Walsh his brothers and Travis kept me reading so that by the end I could honestly say that I fell for Ben and finally saw in him what Travis and the boys did. 
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Great book
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