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The Imperfection of Swans

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 284 pages
Published January 18th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Looong, angsty, and full of feels, you need to be a patient reader to enjoy this one.

First, some important details. This book has a couple of things that seems to be a problem for some readers. For one, these guys date and have sex with other people after they meet but before they are a couple, though there is some very slight overlap. I know those details alone are a deal-breaker for some readers so I thought I'd put it out there. Also, there is almost no sex on page. If that is imp
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The reflection in the mirror isn't always what we see.

Luckily fate brings Kevin & Casper together....
and they discover love isn't always easy but it IS always worth it.
And Witt delicately demonstrates when we are empowered with unconditional love, we can shatter the walls built to shield our deepest darkest secrets. Secrets that warp the image in the looking glass, secrets that can consume us and ultimately, crush us. Love grants us the strength required to bare skeletons that were never m
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Mar 14, 2017: now on audio! Come to mommaaaaaaaaaa!!

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Noelle managed to strike an imposing figure with her hands on hips, despite the red fluff ball that made up the reindeer’s nose on her sweater.

Aaaaand Brandon Witt is back, with another all too human story filled with imperfect, loving, and struggling humans at its core. I’m sitting in chapter one and I already want Kevin to obtain his dream, to make it come true. We need to make this happen, people! See? I
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-love
I'm sure that it is just me because there were really great reviews for this one.

Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This story touched me on a very personal level. Needless to say, Brandon Witt is a great observer when it comes to people's internal struggles. 'The Imperfection of Swans' (and God, could there be a more perfect title for this novel?) tells the story of Kevin who dreams of opening up his own wedding dress shop (or gowns, sorry ;-).

At 38 he finally decides to go for it, drops his current job in marketing and purchases a huge brownstone building in Boston - with the help of his family. He also ha
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

Having read Then the Stars Fall, I knew going into this that this was not going to be some bump and grind erotica - pretty sure Witt is never going to be that kind of author. What he has consistently done though, is address and explore some very tough issues and real problems that many have faced or know someone who has. His characters are flawed, and their worries and feelings are not simple nor easily handled.

As many people have said, this is quite the slow burn, but the payoff was wort
Marte - Thunderella

***** 5 for Kevin stars *****

....for the extra push that I feel in reading this great compilation of words and emotions.
Onwards. Upward, Heartward.

Soo, I'm going to be unpopular and popular and selfish and selfless in one small review.

Throughout this book my mental rating hovered around 3 to 4 stars. That's not a bad rating at all, since 3 means "I liked it" and 4 means "I loved it". If I'm being brutally honest, th
I loved this book it was awesome, but...

It was what came after that brought me to tears...well done Mr. Witt, very well done.

You'll probably notice that I say this a lot...but once again my decision to start reviewing audio books has enabled me to get to a story on my TBR list that I keep squirreling away from. There's no insult intended to anyone because this is just how I am. I actually do this with some of my favorite authors and have done it for my entire reading life. I read a lot and I

I fell in love with Brandon Witt’s writing while reading Then The Stars Fall, a realistic, capturing story with main characters that aren’t perfect.

Though the situation of the MCs feels entirely different The Imperfection of Swans is a real-life story, too. Kevin and Casper and the whole bunch of the Bivanti family are every-day-guys with dreams and flaws, and exactly their imperfectness makes them lovable. Because all of us are imperfect as well.

Brandon Witt’s writing style was flawless, though
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
It's been a while since I've read a Brandon Witt book, so I thought it was about time to get back in the saddle. Now, after finishing this book, I wonder, how is it possible that what came after the epilogue changed this rating from a solid 4 stars to 5 stars? Only one answer comes to mind, so that must be it: this book was written after real characters, with real feelings, which makes the topic of this book even more heartbreakingly real.

I have to offer praise to Brandon for having the courage
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

This is a slow build romance that confronts its serious subject matter head on, without veering into unnecessary dramatics or contrived plots. Kevin and Casper are strangers, dropping the stability of their careers to pursue their complementary dreams within days of meeting. Kevin has dreamed of owning a bridal gown shop since he was a child and pastry chef Casper has been saving to open his own bakery. As if giving everything up to follow your dreams, includ
4.5 Stars Rounded Up

A book that covers one topic that is near and dear to me and it does it with sensitivity.

In depth review up. Treat it as a spoiler review.
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Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, little-or-no-sex
I hate to say it, but I missed the smexiness. The intensity of the two MCs just didn't come through for me. I didn't feel like Kevin was as much into Casper, as Casper was into Kevin (hope that makes sense). The story was nicely written and dealt with eating disorders quite well, however I did find myself skimming towards the end.

3.5 stars.
This book was so much more than I expected. The content was darker and graphic, so much emotion. The characters felt real and their problems are those people deal with everyday. One doesn't have to have an eating disorder to understand what kevin is going thru. We all have our demons and in our own way are severe head cases. Human beings are complex and The Imperfection of Swans highlights that so well.

I won't be forgetting this anytime soon. My only issue is the whole book was leading up to the
4.5 stars

This story felt like real life. The characters felt real. The problems Kevin had were very real - an eating disorder and anxiety. And the romance felt real. There was no insta-love here, just two guys getting to know each other through working together and eventually falling in love. Lots of great secondary characters as well.

I especially loved reading the afterword.

Beautifully done!
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it

4 Everyone needs a Casper who is the ray of sunshine to Kevin’s darkness!

A very real heartwarming story!

After you've read the book you should watch the real-life Kevin who inspired Brandon to create Kevin Bivanti. Check it HERE .

Read It!
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the pacing of this, how its laid out in layers of moments both good and others hard, that build and how you can feel the connection between the two men and get to know them both thoroughly. I like details mixed with warmth, never overwhelming but enough so you feel like you know the people and places, have been there, and gain insight into a life you normally wouldn't experience. I really enjoyed this.
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4,5 stars.

A wedding dress shop as a dream? And what about a baker who can make the best cakes? As a bonus?... If everything could be THAT easy...

I've just read my favorite novel by Brandon Witt.
No, I actually LISTENED to it. Honestly, I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. And it is NOTHING to do with the fact that Kevin Bivanti aka Kevin Eksterowicz is a real person, and that he was an inspiration for the author. He is for sure an attractive man-judging on the cover, and his per
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Another great Brandon Witt's story, told with such compassion. I truly felt the reality of which is based on this story. It's inspired by his friend Kevin Eksterowicz- the cover model. He is one of the many for whom it is immense how he looks like (I've already been there). A carb-heavy meal triggers more than just an extralong еxhausting workout. In his pursuit for perfection, he definitely needs to control his world through food intake.

'He lifted his shirt slightly and grimaced. He could bare
Kaje Harper
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kevin is a driven perfectionist, saving up for a lifelong dream - to own a wedding dress shop, and sell beautiful gowns to delighted brides. When the perfect Boston location goes on the market, he takes the plunge of a lifetime. But Kevin has never handled stress well, and between his anxiety and his intensity, with millions of his family's money riding on his success, something has to give.

Casper has a good job as an upscale pastry chef, with a place of his own just a nebulous future possibili
This is my first time reading Brandon Witt. And all I can say is WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN? Seriously.

Serena Yates
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, gay
With an intriguing title like ‘The Imperfection of Swans’ and a blurb that tells me there will be a man making a life-changing decision by starting a new career, a startup business with all the difficulties that entails, personal drama and demons to fight, and a romance – how could I resist? And since it is written by Brandon Witt, an author whose work I like and admire, it was a given I needed to read this book. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed. This novel reads like a business ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, audio-book, disability
I had a tough time with this one, I didn't personally like Kevin but his character was well written. There were several scenes which were really hard for me to listen to, but again, not the fault of the author. My major complaints were just that the pacing was to slow and the whole thing was about 1/3 longer than it needed to be... for me.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want to start with the cover, since it’s the first thing that grabs you about the book…The cover of Brandon Witt’s new release, The Imperfection of Swans, is STRIKING. And, it is made even more special by the fact that the model is Brandon’s real life best friend, Kevin, who is the inspiration for the character of Kevin in the book. The title itself is also fantastic, and so perfect for the story.

I have to admit, I was sucked in from the very start. The prologue was clearly designed to grab th
Molli B.
Love! ♥

I didn't even know until last week that Brandon Witt had a new book coming out, so I'm almost disappointed there wasn't much time for me to develop some healthy anticipation for it—because it definitely wouldn't have been wasted energy. I really enjoyed this book. Loved both guys, loved them together, loved their story. I knew I was pretty well doomed the moment Casper had his revelation in the restaurant, just after he met Kevin, and I got a little teary. And that was only 15% of the wa
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
"Relationships aren’t perfect. You just have to get through the rough patches."

Based on a true story.

"You don’t have to be perfect for us to be great together. In fact, I hope you’re not, because I sure can’t be."

Pastry chef falls in love with a guy who strives for perfection and suffers from an eating disorder.

"You had to be in control. All the time. There wasn’t room for weakness. There wasn’t room to be passive."

They make it work.

Federica Lemme
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-inglese
This is my first Brandon Witt book and I’m still trying to work out how I’ve missed him all these years? because I have to say, this book was wonderful! So much so, it looks like I will be spending 2016 catching up with all his other books!

But let’s focus on this wonderful book for now.

Kevin’s life is not easy. It’s dictated by his anxiety problems and if that’s not bad enough, he also has an eating disorder. He is a very good looking, but has problems accepting that fact and ends up with always
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Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*A copy of this book was given through Love Bytes Same Sex Reviews for a fair and honest opinion.

I went into this book with excitement, I loved the premise of the dual wedding specialty shop and was looking forward to reading about it the mechanics of Kevin and Caspar’s dreams coming to fruition. The story does not disappoint in the slightest. Finding the brownstone and purchasing it leads to all the fun of watching it rise from the ashes of the mess it was to something shining and bright and ne
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brandon you made me cry and that just shows that you pulled me in and pulled out those emotions. I really lost it when (view spoiler) This story was sad and emotional at times but it also had you rooting for Kevin to get through everything, and for Kevin and Casper to be together. I loved that Kevin found his other half that could ground him, that one person that gets you even with all your flaws. They were beautiful and sweet together. (view spo ...more
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