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?
REVIEWI’m going to just come right out and say that I LOVED this book. Brad Boney hit it out of the park with his debut novel! One of my favorite things is that the book it set in Austin. Being a transplanted Texan, I’m in Austin quite a bit and I actually had been to eateries and places that that Travis and Ben frequent. Also, anyone who knows me knows that I have a hardcore crush on redneck boys, so I wanted to put Travis in my pocket and never let him go! I could cheerfully have strangled Ben at times as well. “The Nothingness of Ben” does exactly what, in my humble opinion, a book is supposed to do. It makes you FEEL…. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a good level of snark and some rockin’ sex in it either! Y’all pick up Brad Boney’s book and set down for a good read and maybe a good cry here and there! 5 oooey gooey strawberries dipped in chocolate for “The Nothingness of Ben” I can’t wait for what comes next from Brad Boney!