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 ..Show More »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.
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...
This was one of those books that I wasn't sure I would like, as I didn't really like Kelly in Something Like Spring. I should have had more faith in ..Show More »Jay Bell. He really is a magnificent writer and I need to learn never to make any assumptions about his characters. This is Kelly's story and no matter what you thought of him in Spring, you will love his story. In a word, his spirit is amazing. He does not always express it correctly, but his heart is wonderful. In typical Jay Bell fashion, he makes you root for Kelly and William until his tears them apart so Kelly can have his real true love. What is great is he does it in such a believable, human fashion. I have to say, my view towards William also changed and not in a good way. Something I am sure Jay Bell will whack me over the head with when he tells Williams story.
Once again Kevin R Free hits it out of the park with his performance of these characters. He is really one of the best narrators out there and I hope he is always the voice for Jay Bell's stories. This is a must listen for fans of the series, but be warned, there is a modified HEA. The ending is the beginning of Thunder.
I started reading Jaybell about three or four years ago and since then I have read everything that he has now said to say there's nothing more to pick..Show More » from. I have truly enjoyed the series and look forward to anything new that may be added under Jay's name I also. I also hope that the rumors that I have heard about a film being made out of one of the original books is true. I am keeping my eyes open for that.
The writing is much what you would expect from a book in this wonderful series. I enjoyed each of the stories, indeed wanted more. There are parts of ..Show More »the book which are unsuited to audio, so it is not quite as long as it seems. I sometimes had trouble remembering who was who, and how the main story had gone, but usually I was able to remember by the end of the short story.
Kevin R Free, whom I used to think was one of the best narrators, is getting on my nerves by this point. His range of accents and other vocal characteristics is actually quite limited, and as these stories focus on the characters who are usually tangential to the story, he is not using his best voices. His women's women's voices are particularly bad.
That being said, if you love the series as I do, this is a must-have to add to the collection.
The love flowing from this series is amazing. It is an emotional roller coaster that I could ride endlessly.
I'm sad that I don't have anoth..Show More »er addition to this story to jump right into. If another is released I have no doubt that I will binge read it in a day or two. I highly recommend this entire series to anyone looking for the ultimate love story.