An Ali Audiobook Review: The Imperfection of the Swans by Brandon Witt and Kirt Graves (Narrator)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
This was a well written story about two men trying to build a business from the rubble and finding love in the process.  It’s also about how we don’t always see ourselves as others see us.  The strength in this story, in my opinion, is the great character developing that this author did.  Both of the MC’s are well done, but Kevin in particular was multifaceted and complex.  He struggles with anxiety and an eating disorder and his struggles were looked at in a honest, heart felt manner.  We get a detailed picture of the hardships he struggles with.
The pacing is slow and the relationship is a slow burn.  The two men are just business partners at first but as they get to know each other better they realize they are falling in love.  I appreciated that the author didn’t magically heal Kevin with Casper’s love.  It is clear both MC’s know Kevin will have struggles and possible setbacks but it is something they will work through together.
The author notes that this story is based on a real life friend and the struggles he has gone through with an eating disorder.  I think it’s an important story to tell.  It is not just females who struggle with these issues every day.  
I felt that this a was a slow and quiet story, but an important one.
This audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves and I thought he did a great job.  I really enjoyed his voice and I though he did a good job on both Kevin and Casper as well as the many side characters.  I find this narrator to be consistently good.
Cover art by Paul Richmond:  I love the cover.  The guy on it is gorgeous, but more importantly, he’s the friend the author wrote the story for/about and I think it’s just a wonderful thing he has done by honoring him on the cover of this important book.
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Audiobook Details:

Published March 14th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press LLC (first published January 18th 2016)
Edition LanguageEnglish