• Something Like Winter

  • Something Like..., Book 3
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (986 ratings)

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Something Like Winter

By: Jay Bell
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
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Publisher's summary

There are two sides to every story. Especially when you're still in the closet.

Tim Wyman hoped moving to Texas would mean a new beginning, but he soon finds himself falling into the same old patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, who brings love and compassion to his world. Certain that society won't understand what he and Ben have together, Tim is determined to protect their relationship, even if it means twisting the truth. Buried beneath his own deceptions, Tim must claw his way to the surface in the hopes of learning to fly.

Something Like Winter retells the story of Something Like Summer from Tim's perspective, offering previously unrevealed moments and personal journeys as he strives to become worthy of Ben’s love.

Each Something Like... book follows a different LGBTQ character on their quest for love. Central to the plot is the troubled relationship between Ben and Tim, former high school sweethearts who continue to meet over the years, their chemistry changing with each encounter. Surrounding them are friends and enemies, each with their own story, resulting in an immersive universe filled with first times and second chances. While the series doesn't shy away from intimate details, it also focuses deeply on emotion, promising an experience that will stay with you long after the final word is heard.

This book is intended for mature audiences. The recommended listening age is 18 or older.

©2012 Jay Bell (P)2023 Jay Bell

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Exceptional...

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 adored 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.

I seriously recommend this book!!!

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Great Story

What did you love best about Something Like Winter?

I had no idea this was going to be Tim's side of the same story I read in Something Like Summer (which quickly became one of my favorite books) What a great way to relive it through the eyes of the other main character.

What aspect of Kevin R. Free’s performance would you have changed?

Unfortunately, this is the one part of the book that bothered me. A lot of the characters sounded cartoonish. (Aaron and Tim's live-in boyfriend... I forget his name... sounded SO gay that it was almost offensive. Tim's grandmother sounded like Speedy Gonzales and adult Tim sounded like Moose from the old Archie cartoons)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were so many of those moments. I don't think it's possible to pick just one.

Any additional comments?

I don't know which book was better or which book should be read first, but you don't want to miss Something Like Winter or Something Like Summer. It is worth every minute. It's been a couple of years since I read Something Like Summer, but now that I'm done with Winter, it's time for me to re-read Summer.

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A different POV

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It's been awhile since I've read and listened to Something Like Winter, but what I clearly remember most is having to relive a tragic event in Ben's life from the first book. It colored my perception of the entire story, and not in a good way. I cannot read/listen to the third one, Something Like Autumn, as it focuses on the subject of that tragic event, and I just can't go there. I will continue on past this and the next book as Jay Bell is a wildly talented writer and mostly I love his stories. Looking forward to many more.

Let me add that Kevin R. Free is an outstanding narrator.

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How much do I love this series?

Would you consider the audio edition of Something Like Winter to be better than the print version?

NO! both add to each other, I fell in love with the printed version of the series. Listening to Seasons just brings the story back to the forefront.

What did you like best about this story?

We get to know Tim and understand how his story with Ben evolved.

What does Kevin R. Free bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a new dimension to the voice I hear in my head, although I am not the biggest fan of how Tim sounds all the time.

If you could take any character from Something Like Winter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Eric!

Any additional comments?

I just hope that we will not wait too, too long for Autumn and Spring to be available.

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So Much So Very Right.

I suppose I might value the first book in the series, Something Like Summer, the most of all, but this book is in it very own special way a tremendous jewel. The first book introduces the characters and it makes a good accounting of what it was like to be a young gay man in America at the end of the 20th century. This, a retelling of the same story through the eyes of the other lead character, is a darker and more complex story. After my second reading of both the first two books in the series, I've really come to enjoy this book a great deal. So much of this story is about getting it wrong and failing, but then carrying on until finding a chance to maybe get it right.

A lot of gay romantic fiction is written by women. It is so easy for such authors to get little bits of the tone of the interactions wrong. These stories by Jay Bell get so much so very right.

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Tim's POV. Still selfish but he loved Ben

Please read my review of Book 1: Something Like Summer for a background. This book was Tim's POV on his relationship with Eric. It gave insight to how Tim met Eric and the years after Tim broke up with Ben. Tim was still self centered but one thing was clear, he loves Ben. He made some poor choices but he grew especially Jace showed him how a real man does it.

The audiobook gave me a different feel from book 1. I could hear the whine, the excitement, the pain etc in the characters voices. I think Kevin Free did a great job making me empathize with Tim. It was hard, but the narrator made him real to me.

Tim and his family's opinion of gays really affected how Tim felt about himself. He grew in a Catholic family, and they were also sports jocks. Loving another man would not fly in that kind of circle and so Tim tried his best to be what others wanted him to be. The consequence was that he hurt the guy he loved Ben and he hurt himself. He wouldn't completely let go, but he wouldn't give up either. Tim was just a mess for a long time. I felt him though. I understood his need to avoid being shunned by family and friends. Ben was lucky because his family accepted his choices but it isn't that easy for others. Tim's battle was much harder.

Jay Bells writing is really smooth to me. It was emotional and the characters had depth. I can't wait to read about Jace before Ben in book 3.

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I love Happy Endings!!!

What did you love best about Something Like Winter?

Have you ever wanted to see what it was like to walk in someone elses shoes or be a fly on the wall watching two people meet and fall in love. Something Like Winter gives you the opportunity to do just that . Jay Bell was so right on in staying with Tim's point of view kept the story real for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ben! If you listened to Something Like Summer you know that Ben isn't as cool and collected as Tim portrays him in Something Like Winter. To hear Tim talk about Ben you just have to fall in love with him all over again.

Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favorite?

Allison Cross- Kevin portrayed her as a strong women giving her a voice of strength and possessiveness for Ben.

Who was the most memorable character of Something Like Winter and why?

The most memorable character would have to be the supporting characters of Tim and Ben. Eric Conroy was patient and non-judgmental with Tim and that is very hard to do when you love someone. Jace for trusting and supporting, Ben he was such a good big part of the story. Marcello, what a character he would slide in right at the last second to do what was right. He proves that no character is black and white. Grays are so much more interesting to read about.

Any additional comments?

I am really hoping the author Jay Bell records the rest of the series with the same narrator. He did a fantastic job with the characters giving each one a personality and a unique voice.

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A very enjoyable listen

I can’t give the performance a full five stars because I don’t like to vocal choice for Tim’s voice - the central character of the book sounded like a moron when speaking. If that was an intentional direction, bad move on the director. Outside Tim, I thought the rest of the characters we handled well.

When it comes to my overall opinion of the Something Like series, I have always wondered who made the decision to have each subsequent book longer than its predecessor. This book needed at least a 30 page trim. That aside, Tim’s point of view nicely fills in some gaps, and does a great job of showing the struggle a lot of gay people face when contemplating coming out. Very few other characters in this series have that problem in their own books - most have readily accepting parents.

I enjoyed that this title introduced Marcello to the canvas, as well as Tim’s grandmother. What I didn’t love was important moments from the original story being re-imagined, or left out altogether. Ben not returning the key in Tim’s version makes no sense. Otherwise this is a great addition to the series.

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Same book, different look

This is exactly the same book as Something like Summer, just written from a different point of view. Choose Something like Summer and skip this book.

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I love it!

I love that Jay Bell wrote Tim's side of the story. In Something like Summer we got to meet Ben and Tim, and throughout that book we got to see Ben's side, In Something like Winter we got to know Tim and got to see his side of the relationship! When we got to meet Marcelo I was in a way kind of creeped out at how Tim described him, but after a while I started to really like him aswell. Jay Bells Something Like series is Amazing!

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