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
I did love it
It was sweet, and at times Erotic.
Longing, desire, questioning
I enjoyed Ben's shy nature blended with forced confidence to be himself. I don't relate to Ben in reality. I did during the 10 hours I spent listening to Kevin Free read Jay Bell's book to me.
Excellent personification of the character's emotions!
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Happy to have found a new author writing with the adequate depth into character development and story. It's a challenge to balance sexy with fear. Jay nailed it!
This story is for twinks and twunks. Anyone with any life experience who gained a shred of wisdom from it will will get migraines from rolling their eyes over the predictable antics of the idiot main character. Actually, the entire story was predictable. Only the narrator's voice annoyed me more! I really wanted to like this book, but I found myself waiting for it to end. Get this (if you must!) for the beach and have a backup story ready in case you just can't make it to the end.
Tim and Ben's story is both individualized and at the same time possesses archetypal depth. The first half of the book is absolutely brilliant in its pacing and action; the second half is slightly less taut, and Jace rather less interestingly described, but still contains many fine moments and encounters. The positive self-awareness of the leading character offers a good antidote to stories that are too full of misery; in Tim, Bell has created something remarkable--a genuinely complicated yet fundamentally appealing character. Chapters often end on a pithy, clever moment of insight, and the book's ending is supremely affecting.
Loved the book. It gave all the thrills needed and a good ending! This book started slow, but as you get further into it the details unravel and you fall deep into the story. My only regret is that it ended. I have went through this too quickly so I plan on looking to see what else this writer has in store for me!
New York based author.
The lives of Benjamin Bentley, Tim Wyman, and Jace Holden—all outsiders in their own ways and all struggling with the unwanted ramifications of being gay—are drawn together over and over, despite setbacks, conflict, and tragedy.
Something Like Summer tells Ben’s story, as he experiences passion with closeted jock Tim and love with steady flight attendant Jace, and how these emotions and connections change them all and keep changing them; then the second book tells Tim’s story, revealing all the things Ben didn’t know, and the third book tells who Jace was before, and after, he met Ben. Further books expand on characters around them, but the core is the funny, amazing, heartbreaking story of Ben, Jace, and Tim.
Brilliantly and evocatively written from start to finish, and another triumph for master narrator Kevin R. Free.
I'm hooked from reading the first book. Have to read the others one now. Treat yourself and go down these adventures with great characters that develop and you care for over time.
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they kept my attention and it was a good story and light-hearted funny but also kind of a
Easy to read with pleasure book that I also picked up the audio for to allow for more enjoyment and flexibility. Narrator was able to maintain clarity while expressing appropriate emotions in his voice. Some dialect and inflection was used to achieve a high quality audio book adventure. Most enjoyable.
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