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.
Predictable and saccharine, Something Like Summer, might be a good read for a late teens gay boy who wants to be assured that everything will turn out OK. But there are so many weaknesses to the story that it's hard to get involved with the main character.
enjoyed listening to the story. It had substance with each of the characters. which character was well developed and thought through from start to end.
I got this book on a whim, wanting something light hearted and entertaining for a summer drive. I quickly feel in love with it! So many feelings of love, lost and found. It brought back many memories of my own past loves that I had tucked away. Can't wait to check out some of the authors other books!
There are not enough male writers of gay male romance fiction. I say this because when you read the no-nonsense honesty that is the building blocks of the lead characters created by Jay Bell, it becomes clear he is writing with the help of lived experience. There is no genre romance "fake it til you make it" writing going on here. What we have instead is a sometimes beautiful sometimes brutal honesty that informs this story of love and self-realization.
I am not going to say a lot more, because I'm a firm believer that the author should be leading you into the story and not the reviewers. I will say that the author Jay Bell has created narrative which is addressed in several different points of view in several books and as you are probably aware this is the first.
On the whole, the drift of these stories is positive and hopeful, but that is not to say that all things that occur are lighthearted or happy. Just as in real life, what is good and hopeful can be balanced out by the arrival of despair.
One quibble. Much of the first half of this story is set in and around the city of Houston. I would argue with Jay bill that the city is not soulless and devoid of interesting culture. I think my adopted hometown is a pretty cool place.
The narration is the cherry on the sundae. Kevin R free's work is integral to the creation of the world that we take part in as we read the story.
It's very good. Buy it and read it.
about time. sweet. rudiculous. sexy. The characters are just a bit too thin and cliche, but it works. Give in and enjoy. I'm a bit of a prude about kids in high school having sex, but I see why it was a necessary step in the story. I'll keep listening to the series and hope it can keep my interest. I can't decide if I wish these were around when I was ypunger, or if part of the charm is looking back through rose colored glasses.
Literary brilliance this was not, but listening to it easily passed the time. Not a lot in the way of depth or character development, if those things are important to you. Narration was good, though not remarkable. Got this book in a $4.99 sale and definitely worth that price.
I generally don't listen to many works of fiction, but something drew me to this book...and I'm glad it did. From the moment I started listening, I knew I wouldn't be able to stop. I generally just listen to books while commuting to and from work--but this was not enough for me. I *had* to know what would happen next. Jay Bell did a remarkable job of creating characters in which we could all love...or love to hate. Admittedly I found myself falling in love with Tim just as Ben did. I won't spoil anything, but I don't think a book has ever given me such emotional swings! I am so thoroughly excited to continue with the series--I just hope I can handle the continued emotional investment!!
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