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Something Like Summer (Seasons Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jay Bell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



The Something Like... Series:
Book 1: Something Like Summer
Book 2: Something Like Winter
Book 3: Something Like Autumn
Book 4: Something Like Spring
Book 5: Something Like Lightning
Book 6: Something Like Thunder


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DKPY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of love and alienation that surrounded this decision. He's been mashing laptop keyboards ever since.

Jay is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a fairly bad dancer. He also thinks that you're really cool. Seriously.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story of two halves 2 Jun. 2011
By Acala
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This story is entertaining, very well-written and, ultimately, moving. The characters are (generally) funny and complex and it is the desire to find out what happens to them that keeps the reader engaged in the story.

However, there is one huge flaw in the work, namely that a lot of the snappy dialogue is lost in the second half of the book in favour of a more narrative style. This makes the second half of the book far less compelling and also means that the reader never really gets a real emotional sense of Jace, the third main character. The result, for me, was that I didn't really care what happened to him, leaving most of the latter part of the book feeling flat. Also, the major events at the end of the book, which redeem the story somewhat, are outlined in a few paragraphs, but should really have been dealt with in a less rushed way.

Overall, although it is a very enjoyable read, it falls short of being great.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive and moving 20 Feb. 2011
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Benjamin Bentley is sixteen years old when we first meet him, he has been out since he was fourteen, coming out was his own decision, how else was he going to find a partner? When a new boy moves into the neighourhood he is infatuated, but how will he get to know this handsome well built guy, and anyway he is probably a straight jock, he won't have any time for skinny Ben who prefers singing to sports.

Against all the odds Ben manages to engineer an introduction, even if a somewhat disastrous one, but at least it gives him the chance to get to know Tim. A friendship develops, and despite Tim's protestations that he straight, he eventually beds Ben. But Tim'e refusal to come out seems to spell doom to their relationship.

In time Ben meets Jace, an air steward a few years his senior, and love looms again, all goes well until some three or four years since they parted Tim reenters Ben's life. Ben is torn between the two loves of his life, and the loyalties of all three are tested to the limits. It will take tragedy before matters are finally resolved.

Covering twelve years, this delightful love story follows Ben and his loves. Ben is a most likable, confident boy with a sense of humour, and while everyone else thinks Tim is the spoilt brat born of wealthy parents, Ben sees something much deeper. Jace too is a caring and loving man; both are deeply in love with Ben. It seems there can be no winners, yet this is a positive and moving well above average tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being young and gay is still tough 10 April 2012
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Perhaps 'Something like Summer' IS a little fanciful and not every young gay lad is able to creep into his boyfriend's home undetected by the sleeping parents but it makes a good read and could encourage others to value themselves as gay and o.k.Jay Bell tells the story of the developing relationship with gritty realism laced with self doubt and teenage pain. 'Something like Summer isn't just another tale of teenage angst and sex behind the bike sheds. The characters really do develop into young adults, with successes and failures in their lives as well as in their hearts. Worth reading? For teenagers certainly, for older readers - the story makes one realise how many kids struggle to find themselves in a world which even now can be cruel and vindictive to anyone a bit 'different'. Happy ending? SURE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 9 Mar. 2015
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This book is a perfect masterpiece of literature and the most beautiful story I have ever read. It's about love, not gay love, just love. Jay Bell has managed to grip me into this story instantly and the plot is fantastic. I've cried, laughed, blushed and even had goosebumps throughout this book. I would definitely recommend and I intend to read the rest of his books. Absolutely flawless!
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Absolutely brilliant!
The entire series is fantastic. It is truly nice to see the story unfolds from another character's perspective when you read the book 2, and 3 and 4;
Jay Bell is a really good novelist. I love all his books and I can't wait to see the movie "Something Like Summer" when it is released...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by an amazing author! 25 Sept. 2012
By Trock
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SPOILERS! This was the first book in this genre I read and it has set a very high standard! Amazingly easy to get into and Ben is an engaging and believable hero. His burgeoning relationship with Tim was alternately sweet and heart breaking although I have to admit I found it hard to like Tim. I am looking forward to reading the companion book due to be released later this year to try and get to know Tim better. But I fell in love with Jase and that was who I wanted to have the HEA. I alternated between shouting at Ben, applauding him for his decision and then crying my eyes out! A cameo from Jase in one of Jay Bell's other books 'Hell's Pawn' both comforted me and made me cry some more!
Awesome book, definitely one to re-read and I am looking forward to the film at some point in the future by the makers of 'Judas Kiss'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something like summer review by paul langan 10 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
this book follows the lives of different very loving and realistic character beautify . the book is very enjoyable for gay and straight and . the story of gay love story has been done but never had it been done with such hart and realism .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEED IT!! 29 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book.
One of my new favs!!
i really really really hope theres a sequel!

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book
One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Had everything and I couldn't put the book down! Got me crying with sadness and happiness as well as laughing!
Published 3 months ago by Carwyn Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great story, great characters and one of those books that will be read over and over. Well worth a go.
Published 10 months ago by BDH
3.0 out of 5 stars It grew on me the longer I read
This is a book which grew on me the longer I read.  The writing is uncomplicated but as the story progressed, the gradual increase in details and the gentle twists and turns... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story
Its been some time since I first read this book and the series has expanded with three others since and I wanted to read all before writing a review. Read more
Published 11 months ago by sdg86
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Utterly wonderful and a pleasure to read - I found the story to be so special when told from the various perspectives
Published 13 months ago by Danny Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, made me cry!
Brilliantly written book. Slow to start with, but what it lacks in pace at the start, it makes up for in those heart wrenching moments when you feel what the characters feel, and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by anth4079
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking story
The being was a tad contrived and convenient but it was a page turner. Ben's character was well formed and even funny, but like many American books villains tend to be cliches.
Published 14 months ago by martin burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A beautiful love story. I read this book in one day, I just couldn't put it down. A romance spanning twelve years. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Julie Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Something like summer
One of the best books I've read in a while! Struggled to put it down, amazing story plot and you just fall in love with the characters!!
Published 15 months ago by billy newhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written story.
A very nice story about gay guys comming out to both friends and parents.Its also about the problems and thoughts these guys finds on their way for the one and only true... Read more
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