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Tim on Broadway, Season One

(Tim on Broadway #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Carolyn Sohier, the Greta Garbo of divas, is giving a once in a lifetime concert that Tim can’t afford to attend. Tim—an overweight, twenty-something virgin—regrets lending the hunky bag boy at the grocery store money that could have bought him a ticket. Tim needs to call in his debts, but money isn't the only thing holding him back.

The first time Tim met Javier, he was b
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Bettencourt Concepts & Beaten Track Publishing (first published July 24th 2014)
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Aug 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tim on Broadway... what can I say?

I didn't expect this at all.

I'd discussed this story with a friend (yes, that's you, Debbie)and I'd thought 'hmm.' I'll freely admit, not a good kind of 'hmm', either, because at the end of the day, this isn't something I'd usually pick up to read for myself. But pick it up I did, and just WOW.

The characters in Tim on Broadway are so vivid they jump from the page and drag you into their world with them. They canter along through their story at a great pace, wit
Debbie McGowan
Tim on Broadway is the sort of story I really love. Firstly, there's Tim Benton, a slightly overweight guy, who's got a couple of minor mental health issues, stemming from a pretty massive occurrence in his past, but he is really just trying to get on with doughnut at a time. He's written beautifully – a clever, funny man, with a naïve generosity that he extends to Javier, the hottie in the store where they work, and in the opening chapter, we discover that it wasn't an entirely one-s ...more
Brigham Vaughn
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first, I honestly wasn’t sure how much I was going to like Tim on Broadway. It was quirky and original, so I appreciated that, but it felt a bit chaotic initially. It’s certainly not like any other book I’ve read. Tim and Javier weren’t polished–they were a bit of a mess to be honest–but they did feel real. Tim has zero self-esteem and Javier’s personal life is a train wreck. And yet, for all their flaws and mistakes, they brought out the best in each other and learned from those mistakes (ev ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Tim is an ordinary guy trying to get through life one day at a time. The storyline centers around Tim trying to get tickets for a once in a lifetime concert and the things he has to go through to reach his dreams, but there is a lot more to it that comes to light as the story unfolds.

This book is probably one of the most realistic feeling stories I've read in a long time. They say characters make a book (well, I say that), and this one has fabulous characters. Tim is perfectly imperfect in that
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.’ – Robert Burns

Rick Bettencourt steps into an enlarging spotlight of fellow LGBT writers – a circle stage front that includes such names as David Sedaris, Edmund White, Felice Picano, Robert Rodi, Michael Cunningham, David Leavitt, Alan Hollinghurst, Colm Tóibín, et al – and comes on very strong with this new book TIM ON BRADWAY: SEASON ONE. Though there is much talk about this master of the social media and though he has
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Win

Tim is an overweight virgin gay man who loves divas and Broadway shows. He especially loves Carolyn Sohier a reclusive Greta Garbo like diva. He finds out she is doing a rare concert but cannot afford to attend it.
He meets Javier a pretty boy out of his league that he falls for despite he appears to be straight and has recently found out he has pregnant a college student. He does not love her nor wants marriage and the baby. His father wants him to take care of the baby with an abor
Susan Anne
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tim on Broadway by Rick Bettencourt is a love story on several levels. It is a love story to New York City, especially Broadway (no surprise), to Tim’s deceased mother who introduced him to Broadway, and finally to Tim’s first boyfriend. The novel is populated by refreshingly not-perfect people, including Tim and several others who are overweight, a skinny gay guy with false teeth, another gay with bad hair, and Javier who says “I don’t come from a good background.” The chapter titles are often ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Rick. Especially liked the details he shared while in Maine.
I saw the coast of Maine for the first time a few years back at a nice Inn in Scarborough, Maine, called The Black Point Inn. The book took me back to the times we strolled around Prouts Neck and Winslow Homer's home.
The characters native to the area gave the story a warm feeling and the need to go back and experience it again. Thanks Rick!
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

I will admit going into this book I felt like I may not like. Well I was so wrong. I ended up very much enjoying this read. Tim was an adorable character that I would love to read more about. By the end of the book I was hoping for another book or a never ending book. The other characters in this book were just as good. A very fun and great read.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, readreviews
Tim is so quirky, I loved his Banter with Julia, and as much as I didn't like Javier to start off with, I am so glad it ended the way it did.

This book is a great reflection to different things in life! To love someone no matter their looks but for what is on the inside, to changing of bad habits and to give people a second chance!
Thank you Rick for allowing me to read this for an honest review, I have really enjoy your story
Kristine Usero
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I was given an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So okay, I thought I would really enjoy reading this kind of story but unfortunately, I don't. It wasn't because the book isn't well written but truly because I don't think it's not the kind of genre that I usually read for. So yes this have a lot of seasons but after one season I don't think I could read anymore of it.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gfy-ofy, m-m
An absolute delight from beginning to end! I loved Tim and how he grew more confident and comfortable with himself. Javier surprised me at every turn and I loved how he didn't want Tim to change anything about himself. I want to read more about them! ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was nothing I expected Tim is adorable and I didn't want to like Javier but I did at times I felt I was actually in Maine no spoilers but I loved the ending ...more
Brandon Shire
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Warm and real.
If you're one who reads m/m just for titillation and gay smex, this probably isn't for you.
Elizabeth Sims
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq-fiction
OK, upfont, Rick is a friend of mine, and I was keen to read his novel. I'm not conversant in gay-guy fiction, so I have little to compare this book to. But I want to say I found the plot well done, and the characters nicely drawn. Not only that, THEY HAVE ARCS! That's something so terribly lacking in so many niche-genre novels. I especially admire the complexities of the main character, Tim, and his struggles with life and self-image. Readers will root for him, and there's a lot of satisfaction ...more
Troy Bernhardt
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story about two disparate lives come together, each fighting their individual devils before finally recognizing and accepting the love they have for each other. The greatest thing about this story for me was how Javier devoted himself to Tim in a way that wasn't obvious, but covertly expressed they way he felt. Bettencourt is an author I will follow, and hope to read many more of his works, including the prequel to his novel now in the works. ...more
Bryan D.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
70 of 75 for 2015. This is NOT a gay harlequin. Tim is a fat, out-of-work momma's boy whose mother died in a horrific car wreck three years ago. A wreck that Tim blames on himself as he was driving at the time and did end up going the wrong way down a one-way street. Tim has one friend, a plump woman he's known most of his life. He is all but a virgin, and his self-loathing will probably keep him that way unless someone can get through to make him see how wonderful he really is. Javier is a stra ...more
Laurel Wanrow
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult-books
Tim is a very likable fellow, openly gay and dealing with post-college struggles of managing his new job and finding love. Living in NYC is both a dream—he loves Broadway musicals—and a nightmare—the location of the car accident killing his mother. Along with his concern over his plus size, and his cat Dixie, Tim’s life is full…and I loved it and him. He’s very upbeat and I quickly became involved in the chapters living up to their tweaked musical or song titles.

On his quest for tickets to the c
Jon O
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
I read Episode One and was hooked. Needed to know what would happen next and read the Season One book.

Well, Episode 1 of Season One was entertaining, except for the part when we have to read about what Julie was doing on the other side of the phone too often. The rest of Episode 1 was intriguing.

Forward to Episode 2, I did not expect to go into flashbacks so often. I was eager to know more. The sexual tension was good but I did not buy the story that Javier, who was so hot, could and would be
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to categorize. I realize it's a work of fiction and that I have to suspend disbelief but as a CR novel it's completely unrealistic. The characters are cliches and Tim's professional life is completely implausible. The book came across as farcical as I read it. And yet....I laughed throughout the entire book. We're talking snorting, almost pee yourself belly laughter. There is one scene where Tim manscapes for the first time and omg...go to the bathroom before you get to that ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Uggggggghhhhh. Even tangential members of the Fat Acceptance movement will be infuriated by the main character of this book, who bemoans his own fatness while sniping mentally at everyone else's. I suffered through the entirety of this book because I wanted to find out the outcome of "will he or won't he make it to his favourite singer's concert", but CHRIST it was pretty terrible. Tim's helpless crush on the straight boy who gives him the runaround is painful to read, even though it ends well, ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it

I loved the convention of naming each chapter with a different Broadway song,however Iwould have expected the songs to be related somehow to the chapter and that was not the case.

The second part of the book, though somewhat unbelievable, was my favorite and something that I am sure that many of us have dreamed of happening. I would have been satisfied with lunch with Bette, but Tim gets all that and more.

Tim's relationship with his B/F was interesting but didn't really take over the story
Amneris Cesare
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Incredibly boring. Other reviews say that it's funny and moving at the same time, I kept on reading with the hope it would get more interesting but never did. At one point I jumped up to the last episode, with the hope to find some thrill in the last pages. But no. Same rythm, same flat voices of the characters (the girl, best friend of the main character, let me tell that is really annoying too!) and very plain ending. Something already seen, read, listened to. Sorry. No chance of more than two ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Tim on Broadway was such a fun read! What I enjoyed the most and was most surprised by was how real the characters appeared to be. It was awesome to see Tim's growth towards self-confidence at the end of the book, and Javier's acceptance for him. For sure a humorous, realistic, and captivating romance!

Marilyn Stanley
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not sure how I was going to like this book - it's not my normal read - but I promised a review so here goes - I LOVED IT!!
The characters were life-like and real, funny and loveable. I enjoyed the book start to finish - and it didn't take long to finish because once I started reading, I didn't want to stop.

I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging and warm hearted book.

I was drawn in to this story which, for a change, did not involve a muscular lean gorgeous protagonist, but rather a pudgy emotional Broadway show queen who, inexplicably, is attractive to the muscular lean gorgeous straight guy who turns out not to be straight. Well written, with good character development.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-fiction
It was a pretty good book. I enjoyed aspects of the book, the characters were definitely realistic, as well as the issues they had throughout the book. But for some reason I couldn't get fully into the book until the last 100 pages for so. It just seemed to drag for me, until one key moment and then it changed. ...more
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So refreshing to find a non-traditional main character among all the macho dudes in M/M. Fear of seeming like a "sissy" haunts gay men still. None of that here: Tim is fat, shy, works in a corporate office, and is a total fan-girl for Broadway divas. He might not believe it, but I love him just the way he is. The spiritual wisdom about finding God in yourself is a plus. ...more
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Wow great books ok. I had read a snippet/teaser of this book a while back and had thought it had promise. The full length book was awesome. I loved Tim and all his neurosis. The character Javier as a man learning to love who he is was fun as well.
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