There are two sides to every story. When you're Tim Wyman, sometimes there are three.
Tim hoped moving to Texas would mean a new beginning, but he soon finds himself falling into the same tired patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, who introduces Tim to a world of love, sex, and warmth. Certain that society won't understand what he and Ben have together, Tim struggles 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, the companion novel to Something Like Summer, tells the story from Tim Wyman's perspective, revealing new private moments and personal journeys.
©October 23rd, 2012 Jay Bell (P)2014 Jay Bell
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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!!!
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.
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)
There were so many of those moments. I don't think it's possible to pick just one.
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.
"How much do I love this series?"
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.
We get to know Tim and understand how his story with Ben evolved.
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.
I just hope that we will not wait too, too long for Autumn and Spring to be available.
"A different POV"
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.
"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.
"A Wonderful Sequel"
Not much to say here. Just that this is a really good book. Good narration. Great, well-written story. Likable characters.
"Don't Miss This Wonderful Book!"
Something Like Summer took me by storm, a wonderful read that I had to finish in less than 24 hours. I cried at the end because it was over too soon, a beautiful story. But I had no idea what was in store with Something Like Winter. Tim was an enigma in Something Like Summer. Something Like Winter shines the sun on Tim, his loves, mistakes and foibles. The best part is the sweet, sweet ending. I cried my eyes out over it, it was so beautiful. I wish all of gay romance fiction could be like both books, epic in time if not scope. Full of love and tragedy, heartache and triumph. I am sure I will be reading this pair again, not soon, but someday. The narration was perfect, by the way, a wonderful perk and dimension that I would not have wished to miss.
"I love Happy Endings!!!"
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.
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.
Allison Cross- Kevin portrayed her as a strong women giving her a voice of strength and possessiveness for Ben.
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.
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.
This story has been my life the last few days. After drifting into the first part of this series, I has happy to discover the series went on and I plan to continue enjoying these stories. As the title of my review says, this story has given me butterflies and helps me relate to some of my own troubles and experiences in life.
I can't thank the author enough for allowing the world to delve into his creation such as Tim did in the stories. I have enjoyed every second of this story, both sad and happy, and will forever hold these books as one of the best I have discovered.
"Every Story has two sides - Amazing Story!"
I listen to audiobooks because of my long daily commute but I will consider buying the printed version because I loved the story line so much!
::::SPOILER:::: How Erik passed away...tear jerker...not as bad as losing Jace but definitely a sad emotional point in the book - I love getting the feels haha...
I loved the performance and appreciated the fact that it was the same narrator throughout the series. Gave me a sense of comfort and familiarity. Especially when you are able to recognize the characters in his different tones of voice.
I initially had strong reservations for Tim like most would have from the way he and Ben started out and even when he tried to break Ben and Jace up. However, I loved this story line and all of the other books in the series. Just an exceptional relatable love story!
In 'Something Like Summer' we were introduced to Ben and Tim, with that story being told from Ben's point of view, and when we first met Tim he wasn't the most likeable character, and for good reason! This story is told from Tim's perspective where we learn more about Tim and his mind set and how he comes to terms with his sexuality. As the story develops we get reacquainted with some familiar characters, and some new ones.
Tim's obsession with Ben, and his meddling in Ben's life is very nearly his undoing, with his emotions taking him, and us, on a roller coaster ride!
The excellent narration by Kevin R. Free brings the characters to life and I was disappointed when this story ended - I wanted more, and I'm so glad that there are further stories in this series, and I hope that they as good as these first two! This is 13 hours of listening well spent and I can highly recommend it!
Absolutely loved this story. Great characters and a love story told with great passion. I laughed a lot and I cried too - makes me wish I was 16 again or better still, what I wouldn't give for a time machine.
"More than just a different POV story"
Everyone deserves a second chance, but due to choices or circumstances a lot of people don’t get that opportunity.
We all make mistakes and Tim, throughout his teen years made quite a few. In this story we see his point of view and the motivation behind his actions.
This story is so well written and has characters that have managed to get under my skin in a way that very few fictional characters do.
Loved it Quite a lot, Very Relatable even though I am British and they all are Americans.
Well Narrated and pretty well written.
What more could you ask for?
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