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  • Something Like..., Book 1
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Something Like Summer

By: Jay Bell
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
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I remember sneaking over to his house in the middle of the night. And the secret love we used to share. That was back in high school. I never expected to see him again....

Life isn’t easy for a gay teenager living in the nineties. Ben thought coming out was his best chance of finding love. Instead he ended up lonelier than before. After a not-so-accidental collision with Tim, an attractive athlete and artist, Ben is convinced that he’s met his soulmate. Their budding romance is soon tested by spreading rumors, the danger increasing along with their passion for each other until it pushes them to the breaking point.

Years later, Ben is attending college in a different state while dating a truly wonderful guy. Everything is perfect until the day Tim shows up unexpectedly. Overwhelmed by old feelings, Ben is forced to reconcile the summer-filled dreams of his past with the complexities of his new adult life....

But some love stories are impossible to forget.

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 sex, it also focuses deeply on emotion, promising an experience that will stay with you long after the final word is heard.

©2011 Jay Bell (P)2023 Jay Bell

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I keep coming back!

Nearly every year I come back to this book for another listen. I couldn't recommend this Series highly enough.

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Heartbreaking Love Triangle

Hi, I loved the first part of this book. I loved the main characters, all 3 of them. That’s what made this book so hard for me. I hate love triangles, there is just no way for there to be a happy ending. I had no idea going into this that it would be a love triangle and now I am kind of despondent. I love this writer and I am wondering if I should go forward with more of the series or keep seeking out the HEA fluff that I usually like. I am torn, but I must admit that I FEEL!! Isn’t that what a good book makes you do?

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Love

Loved every bit of this and cannot wait to read the other books in the series

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Nice story

Love will always find a way. Funny, sad, happy, relatable.
Loved it. A really nice story.

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It grew on me

At first I was a little bored, but as the story progressed I got hooked and absolutely love this series .

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Nice read

This was a nice read but I felt it was written by someone who was new to this. The characters and plot were a bit simplistic but it was still fun to listen to.

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Brilliant

A great story with really likeable characters. The narration was exceptional. Well done all involved!!

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Disappointing on every level!

This is my first Jay Bell book - (and apologies to the author) and I was planning on reading the complete series - this was based on the summary and the reviews which said it was a believable and heartfelt story with strong characters etc but my mistake I didn't listen to the sample...

This was disappointing on every level, it was like listening to a badly written gay soap opera set in a high school and the characters and the plot lack any credibility or realness - and the narrator sounds like he is in high school too, which of course is appropriate given the story.

Sadly I am one of those people who listens to a book till the end, eternally optimistic that it will redeem itself in some way - but this is 9 hours f my life I wont get back ;?!

Just don't go there unless you are into this kind of storyline.

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Emotional journey

Loved it. Lived it with them. Cried, laughed and loved with Ben, Tim and Jase.

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