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The Nothingness of Ben (The Austin Trilogy, #1)

3.994,078 votes • 582 reviews
Published 23 Nov 2012
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Format Paperback
Publisher Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1623801389

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?

"The Nothingness of Ben (The Austin Trilogy, #1)" Reviews

- The United States
Sat, 24 Nov 2012

This book has some of the best conversations I've read in M/M. Perhaps because of the author's theater background, there is a naturalness and a rhythm that is very comfortable to read and makes the characters come alive. The teens, particularly the oldest brother, Quentin, are a bit precocious, but the author manages to bring it off and the interactions of Ben with his brothers are definitely a highlight of the book.
There is a middle section where I wish the author would have spent a bit more time, and given us more actual scenes to watch the four brothers adjusting to their new life and working things out. There's sometimes a reluctance to make books too long, but some more of those great conversations would have highlighted that stretch of what-comes-next. I would have welcomed the extra time on-page with these characters.
The ending is a nice touch of clueless angst and sweet. This is a book I will reread, to spend a bit more time listening to Ben and Travis hanging out and talking. Definitely an author to watch.

MsMiz (Tina)
- Homewood, IL
Sat, 24 Nov 2012

Oh this book...this book. I am not good with reviews and since I am still wiping the tears from Quentin's Thanksgiving day toast, this is going to be disjointed and incoherent.
Nikyta said yesterday 'read this'. I was thinking sure sure, whatever.....she was right. The story opens with Ben, a big hot shot New York lawyer with very well connected friends and what happens when tragedy strikes his family back in Austin, Texas. We are then treated to a one year journey of 4 brothers and a cast of secondary characters who help shape and define their new world. At times you will want to punch Ben, I mean he is a dick for most of the book - he is self centered and completely submerged in 'The Ben Show'. But that is what is fabulous about his character, when he gets it, he gets it big and the impact is like an atomic bomb going off. Man for such a smart person, he is so lost for most of the story. Quentin, the next brother, is acerbic and too old for his 17 years - he sees it all. Jason, the next youngest brother, is sweet and loving and too quiet. Cade, is different from them all - young, sports crazy and emotional. Travis - oh Travis, I so love you - is the straight love interest across the street. Again, we have so many solid great 'people' in this book.
The writing is smart, crisp and has a fantastic sarcastic bent to it that warms my heart! At times things are too idyllic and 'easy' such as the open discussion of sex with the teens and their parents, but it works with these characters and you know that you actually want these types of interactions to happen in real life - the connection and community that this book reminds me of is such a standard to live by!
This is a dialog heavy book, which is right up my alley. It is very character driven, again, right in my sweet spot. There is nothing that I did not like about this book. For those who like pop culture references, this book is full of them - reminded me a bit of John Goode in that respect. So if you like references from The Sting to the O.C and Dawson's Creek, grab on and take the ride.
I am going to follow N and make Cole and LA read it so this book can get some really good reviews!! hee

- Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Sun, 25 Nov 2012

Well. This was absolutely lovely.
Ben is an up and coming lawyer in NYC transplanted from Texas. He has a great job, a shiny new boyfriend and endless prospects. This all ends with a phone call telling him that his parents have died in a car accident as his three younger brothers need him at home.
Honestly when this book starts out Ben is a not the best of men. He's selfish and he's a dick in more ways than one. He does go home and he does attempt to be a brother to his brothers he left behind and be a better man. He also meets the guy across the street, Travis, a mechanic who has been a good friend to his family.
I love the rebuilding of the brothers' relationships. I loved this book for that alone. It was so real, so rich and layered, I couldn't get enough of it. I'd say read this book for those boys and that man who gradually reconnect with each other. Gorgeous.
About Travis and Ben. Wow. Far from being in the shadow of the brothers' story this romance is strong and just as compelling. Incidendiary chemistry with hot sex scenes and incredibly emotional exchanges. Really wonderful romance here.
Fantastic story and highly recommended.

- Andover, MN
Wed, 21 Nov 2012

I absolutely adored this book. It is a 5 star read, no doubt about it. But after mulling it over, trying to decide how to review it and what exactly I want to say about it, I have come to the conclusion that while I loved the book, I just am not able to give MC Ben my stamp of approval. Thinking back to my other reviews, that would normally cause me to rate a book lower, but with how much I liked this book, I couldn't do that.
So, great book, heartbreaking story, loved MC Travis and the supporting characters to bits and pieces, but MC Ben left me cold and was never able to redeem himself in my eyes. YMMV!

- Germany
Wed, 04 Dec 2013

Rounded up to 3 stars
It was not bad, and I can understand why so many readers like this book.
Or better to say, I try at least to understand WHY. It's a very CONVENTIONAL MM-ROMANCE with a typical HEA. I don't belong to the target audience for such kind of stories, but it doesn't mean that it is bad.
For my taste it's too sweet, too unrealistic, too full of clichés. It's me.
Nevertheless, I think that this story meets the required conditions to be a successful TV mini series. Considering a lot of dialogues...a scriptwriter doesn't need to change a lot for a screenplay adaptation.
If you're looking for a light MM-romance with a tiny dose of misunderstandings, with a sweet and unrealistic plot(who cares?), with a predictable candy HEA then it is your book.

- The United States
Fri, 16 Aug 2013

Man, I loved this book. Travis is just too sweet and cute for words. I wanted to strangle Ben at times but I really liked him too. I'm a fan of flawed characters. Loved their love story and the brothers were just awesome.

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