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Something Like Summer Audiobook

Something Like Summer: Something Like..., Book 1

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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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    Daryl Dean avondale estates, ga, US 12-26-13
    Daryl Dean avondale estates, ga, US 12-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it"
    Would you try another book from Jay Bell and/or Kevin R. Free?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did love it


    Any additional comments?

    It was sweet, and at times Erotic. <br/>Great read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim S 03-10-17
    Jim S 03-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "VERY Light Fare!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rakel 07-31-17
    Rakel 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book."

    Honestly thought this was a simple teen love story like the rest. But it touched me in unprecedented ways. The book left me reeling from everything that happened.
    Love is truly a complicated thing and this book showed me that, though I am still young barely know much about the subject.
    It may be true that I love almost any book I finish, but I think the next reader will enjoy it too. I would definitely reread... Or relisten?

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    Russ Iddings 07-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Throughly enjoyed"

    This book was made for the hopeless romantics soul. Absolutely amazing. A 'must read' for any looking for love...

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    Uncle B United States 07-05-17
    Uncle B United States 07-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Can you truly love two people?"

    Something Like Summer, while an excellent stand alone novel, kicks off a large interconnected series. While many series spin off minor supporting characters into new books with little cameos from earlier characters, Something Like takes a more unique approach as events in the books overlap with each other, but when those events are revisited, we get them from a different point of view. Each book allows us to get to know it's central character better, while the same cast continues to be front and center. It's a format I really love.
    Our protagonist for SLS is Ben. We meet Ben as a sensitive love lorn teen. Not quite out, but obviously gay enough that everybody knows. He's infatuated with Tim, the hot new boy in his neighborhood, which leads to some humorous stalking. The story begins feeling pretty familiar. Situations throw them together and they grow closer. The series avoids and subverts expectations pretty deftly though.
    Tim is a frustrating character, but the qualities that make him frustrating also make him a well rounded believable character. As a gay teen in Texas he's not comfortable coming out, and he may well throw away his first, true love because of that. I'm striving not to give too many spoilers, but the second half of the book deal with the consequences of first love handled badly. Ben grows up and finds a new love, Jace, a handsome, dashing airline attendant, only for Ben's happy new life to be threatened when Tim returns, older and wiser and still in love with him.
    Something Like fans will debate hotly over Tim and Jace as the better choice for Ben, and the story's all the more compelling because both men are very sexy and appealing characters
    I can't close this review without mentioning that Bell writes the best pets. Jace's cat and Tim's dog are really funny likable characters.
    I strongly recommend this book and the series. The series continues in Something Like Winter, Tim's story. Even if you come away from this book hating Tim (I know people who loved this book but wouldn't read SLW because they hated Tim so much!), give it a chance too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eighth Jace Ryan PH 06-25-17
    Eighth Jace Ryan PH 06-25-17
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    "The book that started Something."

    Something Like Summer was one book that won't be downed for a minute. One of the best books for keeps.

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    SylvesterGraham 06-02-17
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    "Gay Romance Novel"

    Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, or at least take a hint. This sometimes young adult fiction, sometimes steamy romance novel, frequently melodramatic book is of the type you might find next to the magazines in a grocery store, if those stores carried paperbacks with gay themes.

    If you're looking for a beach read (or listen), this story is entertaining enough if you can suspend your disbelief at the unlikely plot twists. If you're looking for a novel reflective of real life, better keep moving. The characters' sophomoric decisions are to be expected while they are, well, sophomores, but the author fails to give them much depth as the narrative progresses. The writing is straightforward and the book could easily be appropriate for a young audience if not for a few explicit scenes (although they are probably mild for today's Internet-connected adolescents). The chick-flick plot developments, complete with a clumsy Dickensian event near the end, were too much for me.

    There are some touching, realistic stories about young gay or bi guys discovering themselves out there, like "A Home at the End of the World" by Michael Cunningham or "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Michael Chabon. They are lighter on the fantasy but stick with you long after summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J Rook Charlotte NC 05-15-17
    J Rook Charlotte NC 05-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Powerful and moving"

    I loved this book. I was genuinely moved by the story.

    I fell in love with the characters, and enjoyed the book from start to finish.

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    Robbie 03-29-17
    Robbie 03-29-17
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    "Captured the Feeling of 1st Love"
    If you could sum up Something Like Summer in three words, what would they be?

    Longing, desire, questioning


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Excellent personification of the character's emotions!


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

    Come Over.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan L. 01-31-17
    Jonathan L. 01-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Quality in its finest form. "

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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