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Something Like Summer | [Jay Bell]

Something Like Summer

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.
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Publisher's Summary

Love, like everything in the universe, cannot be destroyed. But over time it can change.

The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart.

Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

©2011 Jay Bell (P)2013 Jay Bell

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    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 10-05-13
    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More than meets the eye..."

    From the book cover I assumed that this was a ‘coming out’ or ‘coming of age’ story akin to the many tales of teenage angst already described in a variety of other books but I was pleasantly surprised. Within this book a story of desire, lust, love, friendship, realization, acceptance, delusion, and growth set to describe the life of Ben, our protagonist. Ben’s own inner growth as well as his relationships with Allison, Tim, and Jace make this tale one that must not be missed. I actually loved this story…an entire gambit of emotional responses were elicited by the words of the author, Jay Bell. Kevin Frees’ narration brought the characters to life in such a way that one’s imagination was able to be transported to the world with which they exist. I do not wish to give too much away, but the dynamic of the three principal relationships—Ben & Allison; Ben & Tim; and Ben & Jace—and how they became intertwined makes this a very enjoyable journey. A MUST!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 06-26-13
    Orlando Murrieta, CA, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stick with it."

    At first, I thought this was the typical teenage coming of age story. It definitely started out that way. The first half is tender and sweet, young love at in all it's glory. In the second half, the book grows up, just like the characters. Life gets in the way, there's tragedy, loss and reward. Can you love more than one person at a time? Do first love's last? I ended up enjoying the book more than I thought I would. So, stick with it. Its rewarding in the end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-31-13
    Riva Chicago, IL, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Treat."
    Would you listen to Something Like Summer again? Why?

    Yes I would, it was a wonderful story of self discovery and how love can survive despite a shaky start. Also, be warned, quite a tear jerker.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Like Summer?

    Probably when Tim finally realizes how much he loves Ben.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Free has a wonderful voice and really brought the story to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this is slated to be made into a movie and I can't wait. It will make a wonderful movie if they capture the spirit of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Leduc, AB, Canada 06-09-13
    Mark Leduc, AB, Canada 06-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story, A Little Amateur In Some Spots"
    What did you love best about Something Like Summer?

    I really like the slightly different take on the gay story line, it was intriguing and more real then others that I have read. It was nice to see real human flaws in these characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I liked this book, some parts seemed a little bit like a junior author wrote them. The passage of time was rather clumsy and I don't feel like the characters aged or changed even though there was massive jumps in time. The first half of the book was great. The story kind of went off course later on, but it kind of pulled back in the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 10-17-13
    James United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "You will easily see yourself in these characters"
    If you could sum up Something Like Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, Improbable, Warming


    What did you like best about this story?

    I related surprisingly well with the main character, Ben. More than once I found myself thinking how much I could relate to the feelings of longing, sadness, and excitement portrayed by him. This not only helped me connect more with the story, but also made me realize that other people probably feel the same way about certain topics in the book as I do (being gay, this was an important realization). Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to gay individuals who would like a "realistic" portrayal of a normal gay relationship. That being said, many of the circumstances in the book were slightly improbable and it was often easy to see them coming. Even so, the suspense created was enough to propel you through the book and keeping you listening late into the night.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luke United States 10-09-13
    Luke United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Gay Book Around."
    What did you love best about Something Like Summer?

    I love how this book focuses on a homosexuals life and doesn't portray it negatively or stereotypically, mostly. It a love story that spans a lifetime and just so happens its with two guys which is brilliant. It wasn't anymore sexual than common books of similare standing with a hetero story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory United States 07-27-13
    Gregory United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Book"
    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know why, but his voice strikes me as what Ben would sound like.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hot and Heart Felt


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, great characters and excellent narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-12-14
    Dennis San Jose, CA 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A wonderful summer read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Jay Bell has created a romantic story that captured my imagination and fantasies in clean prose and fascinating characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Benjamin Bentley is fearless and a hero.


    What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Free's vocal acting perfectly matches Josh Lanyon's writing cues as to how his characters would probably sound.


    If you could rename Something Like Summer, what would you call it?

    "Seasons of Love".


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and it was the perfect summer book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-05-14
    Jeffrey Austin Texas, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Stellar, Heartwarming, Heartbeaking, Perfect"

    The only imperfection in this book is the cover art. It betrays what is really inside, an epic love story that you don't want to miss. The angst, the pure agony of what Tim and Ben go through until they finally find each other will keep you enthralled to the very end; but don't stop there. You must read Something Like Winter. It is the perfect companion, a must read and will complete the saga in a way seldom seen in the gay romance genre. Oh, yes, bring Kleenex, you'll need it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aquarius Rising 05-18-14
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    "A Wonderful Narration"
    What did you love best about Something Like Summer?

    Having already read the book I had little desire for a full reread despite my growing want to hear the story again. Thank goodness for audiobooks.

    This story has such a strong sense of finding yourself in times of hardship and how you handle the pain that life gives you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. I loved everything, truly.


    What about Kevin R. Free’s performance did you like?

    Astounding. He was a very good choice for the head of Benjamin Bentley.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just keep going, the summer sun is waiting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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