The Nothingness of Ben

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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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623801380
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 643,986
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

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    Ordinarily I don¿t read contemporary western novels. They tend t

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Let me start with just wow. This was just an overall good read.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    This is the first book in the series. It's about a family th

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Loved it!! I really fell in love with the brothers. I really hop

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Ben isn't perfect but he and Travis work through some issues to

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    This is  a very beautifully written story of a young man that ha

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    Great book - Highly recommend..

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Great read. I laughed, cried and was continually amused at the

    Great read. I laughed, cried and was continually amused at the four brothers in this story. It's one of those books once you start it is very
    difficult to put down, and disappointing when you come to the end. Outstanding writing by Brad Boney, and I look forward to his other works. Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Loved this Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Excellent

    Wonderful writing, highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    I found the book extremely entertaining and wanted to finish it

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Highly, highly recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Wow

    Wow! Great book. Totally unexpected. Glad I took a chance on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Great

    Great book

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