Love can appear unexpectedly: a chance meeting at a friend's wedding, the arrival of a handsome new co-worker...or while being robbed at a convenience store.
For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor - a wild soul and fellow outsider - his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain, maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.
Something Like Autumn tells the story of Jace's life before the events of Something Like Summer, while also revisiting his time with Benjamin Bentley.
The Seasons Series: Book 1: Something like Summer, Book 2: Something like Winter, Book 3: Something like Autumn, Book 4: Something like Spring.
©2013 Jay Bell (P)2014 Jay Bell
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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 tale 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...
Yes, yes & yes! Jace's story is wonderful and Kevin R Free narration of the Season's series is great
Jace - always
He gives a sound to the characters in my head.
Keep the tissues handy, they will be needed.
"A true Masterpiece"
This is the third installment of Jay Bell's 'Something like' series that I've read and unbelievably, it was even better than the previous ones! While the second book meant the most to me as I could relate the most, this one is to me the cap stone that holds together the whole story of Ben, Tim and Jace. As there are four seasons, not just three, I'm now curious about Spring. I have high expectations, as this Author is getting from great to even better from book to book!
"Will leave you wanting even more."
After listening to books one and two, I knew to have the tissues ready. This was really a great listen that I couldn't put away.
"A Complete & Amazing Love Story"
OK I'm convinced this book series should be the Harry Potter series at least for us gays. This last book left me crying so hard! Getting to know each character in such depth is an amazing experience. I'm starting Something Like Spring right now and will probably start the whole series over again right after finishing it!!!
I didn't think it was possible to like a book more than the previous book , Something Like Winter (Book 2 in this series), but alas here I am. I fell in love with Jace's character even more so than Ben and Tim ( and I never thought that would be possible ). Being in my mid 30s the author has been so accurate with the feel of the times that it brought back so many memories it's uncanny.
Once again Jay Bell had me laughing , crying, and loving the story and characters. Hands down my most favorite series ever.
"I reluctantly began this story."
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Jace was easily my favorite character. That made me a bit uneasy about starting this story, as I knew how it would end and I wasn't sure I wanted to watch the emotional turmoil unfold. In the end, I was glad I gave in.
I didn't expect the format of this book. Nearly the first two thirds of the book really belong to Jace and Victor. Their love story is unusual, frustrating, and tragic. As a teenager, I knew a guy quite a bit like victor, and I could sympathize with the allure someone like that might hold for Jace even though, for Jace's sake I wish he hadn't fallen in love with Victor. Victor would never have been able to fill the role Jace needed from a partner.
As the book progressed, I became increasingly anxious. There just wasn't enough time left. I was watching the remaining hours of the book dwindling away and Jace was running out of time to enjoy his mostly happy ending. Ben and Jace's story was running out of time and it wasn't enough. That's part of the point, I guess. Jace didn't get to live the long life he deserved, but he got more than he expected.
"I knew it was coming, yet here I sit crying"
This book (this trio of stories) is one of the most moving and powerful love stories I have ever heard. Not just in the LGBT community, but anywhere. I knew the outcome of his book, because of the previous two, and yet I was hooked all the way to the end. I believe these books should be on everybody's reading list. Thank you to the author for allowing me the pleasure of hearing this story. *Standing Ovation*
I waited for months to get this book because I read the first two books in this series and knew what happens to Jase. But I finally got up the courage to listen to Jase's story. I'm really glad I did even though it broke my heart all over again, but it was closure for the Ben, Tim, Jase saga. It was kind of like the movie Apollo 13, even though I knew the space capsule ultimately gets back to earth, I was still captivated by the journey.
Jay Bell continues his theme of it is possible to love more than one person in a lifetime and still get a HEA. The only reason the story lost a star was I just really didn't like Victor. I know he was a major influence on why Jase turned out like he did and it was useful to understanding Jase, but I just hated him throughout the whole book.
The narrator continues to do an excellent job and was amazing. So worth a credit.
"This Third Will Clobber Your Senses"
This story is all about tragedy, what could have been but was not. Bring a box of Kleenex. Even knowing from the prior two seasons what happens to Jace, you cannot be prepared. I am not certain where Jay Bell got the courage to write this one, but he did and it was amazingly good. Oh, and Kevin Free? Fantastic narration.
the third in the series so we know most of the story. In this one we know whhat the end is but we learn a lot about Jase, his past and his reasons for being how he is.. and of course where Samson fits in. as for Benjamin we know what happens to Jase in bens story. then 'what happens after' in Tims story. but we see how very brave he is to do as Jase asks on the end.. this is a very emotional story, Victor being a very sad part when you think of it all and well explained during a visit to military school..
I have already purchased the next book 'spring' but am waiting a little bit before starting to let my thoughts and emotions settle down a bit
"Feels like full circle"
He tells the story well. However, some of the voices he uses for the characters do not seem to fit. For example, he reads Tim like a simpleton dimwit and you know when a character is a nasty piece of work because their voices are uber camp and waspish.
Yes. Clear your diary, you wont want to miss a moment of this story.
This story is much more than just another look at the events from "Something Like Summer". In fact they are just covered in the final third part of this book.
In this story we meet a young Jace about to make a life changing decision and then watch him grow up to be the man that we (and Ben) fall in love with.
However, for me the best thing about this story is that we see the real Jace and not the perfect person who everyone who meets him seems to think he is. He is flawed and he has doubts and he is human.
Team Tim or Team Jace? I couldn't choose.
All I know is that you need a box of tissues handy as by the end your eyes will not be dry
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