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 var..Show More »iety 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!!!
First, let me start off by stating that I was very apprehensive about reading/listening to this second installment offered by Jay Bell. I absolutely a..Show More »dored and cherished Something Like Summer and I was so afraid that the next book might tarnish my mental images of Ben, Tim, and Jace...it took me over six months before I began the second part of this journey...but I was so wrong!!
So I began listening to the book on the treadmill at the gym, filled with anxiety and let me just say this...Jay Bell is an evil, evil person. Deliciously evil, that is!! Not to spoil anything, but I literally stumbled and fell off the treadmill as I listened to the first part of the story...evil I tell you (saying with a smile). Suffice it to say, I loved listening to Tim's perspective of the story and it only added pleasurable images to what was already in my head. Many of the holes (that I didn't even realize existed) from the first book were filled in and then to continue the story to a fantastic conclusion was exceptional. A great story and great continuation. I will state again, that Jay Bell's writing is exceptional and the narration by Kevin R. Free was spot on. I am looking forward to the next installment, Something Like Autumn.
As with the second book in the "Seasons" series, I have had this book in my library for a while but was a bit apprehensive to listen to the ta..Show More »le of Jace Holden. The first book was surprisingly wonderful, the second in the series was excellent, and now the third can only be labeled exceptional. Of the principal characters in this series, I fell in love with Jace and wanted him to be my future husband, which is another reason for my hesitation in delving into book three. I know what happens! I didn't like it in book one and then to relive the experience from Jace's perspective was going to be too much. I wasn't wrong...the ending ended just as I knew that it would and I became physically and emotional distraught. Why is that I wonder...you know what's coming but yet and still...it's like a serrated knife being driven into your chest. Why is because of the exceptional writing talents of Jay Bell! My love and admiration for Jace only intensified reading his story. Now I know the experience of all three principle characters; Ben, Tim, & Jace and I am a better person for having this wonderful story integrate into my life. My hope is to be able to welcome the end with a sense and feeling of "being loved"! On to book 4 and I do not think I am going to wait 6 months though...