Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Then the Stars Fall by Brandon Witt

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The death of his wife four years earlier left Travis Bennett a shell of the man he used to be. With his dog by his side, Travis raises his three children, manages his business, and works as a ranch hand. But every day, every minute, is an aching emptiness.

Wesley Ryan has fond memories of the small Ozark town of El Dorado. Seeing it as a safe place to put his failed relationships behind him, Wesley moves into his grandparents’ old home and takes over the local veterinary clinic. An early morning visit from Travis and his dog stirs feelings that Wesley seeks to push away—the last thing he needs is to fall for a man with baggage and three kids as part of the package.

Life, it seems, has other plans.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Then the Stars Fall is a beautiful slow burn novel by Brandon Witt. I loved it the first time I read it, and I love it again upon re-reading it.

It's the story of Travis, a bisexual man who's grieving the death of his wife. His pain is real and all-consuming; not an easy read at times. The reader is fully immersed in Travis's life, pain and all, by the time he meets the out and proud Wesley. What follows is an even more emotional journey as he's forced to deal with his bisexual feelings. 

This story is full of rage, fear, and a whole lot of painful barbs. Travis is not an easy man to deal with at the beginning, and he definitely takes out his anger on the cute vet. Of course, there are doubts on both sides, making for a great rollercoaster of emotions. There is also some great sexual tension, that ultimately is lyrically described. 

They live in a small town, with a history a homophobia. Luckily, they have some support with a slew of wonderful secondary characters, including Wendy and Travis' kids, who add immensely to the story.

Brandon's writing style is accomplished as usual. He tends to create deep and meaningful story lines and this one is just that. The plot and the characters are amazing. His almost lyrical writing style is not for everyone, but I definitely enjoy it. The author does a marvelous job switching things up by adding in some extra povs, which greatly adds to the strength of this story. 

Then the Stars Fall is truly a remarkable story of second love. This character driven story is a wonderful choice when you're in the mood for some angst. This is a lovely story of family that includes loss, grief, as well as happiness and healing. 

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