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.
Something Like Summer, while an excellent stand alone novel, kicks off a
large interconnected series. While many series spin off minor supporting
characters into new books with little cameos from earlier characters,
Something Like takes a more unique approach as events in the books overlap
with each other, but when those events are revisited, we get them from a
different point of view. Each book allows us to get to know it’s central
character better, while the same cast continues to be front and center.
It’s a format I really love.
Our protagonist for SLS is Ben. We meet Ben as a sensitive love lorn teen.
Not quite out, but obviously gay enough that everybody knows. He’s
infatuated with Tim, the hot new boy in his neighborhood, which leads to
some humorous stalking. The story begins feeling pretty familiar.
Situations throw them together and they grow closer. The series avoids and
subverts expectations pretty deftly though.
Tim is a frustrating character, but the qualities that make him
frustrating also make him a well rounded believable character. As a gay
teen in Texas he’s not comfortable coming out, and he may well throw away
his first, true love because of that. I’m striving not to give too many
spoilers, but the second half of the book deal with the consequences of
first love handled badly. Ben grows up and finds a new love, Jace, a
handsome, dashing airline attendant, only for Ben’s happy new life to be
threatened when Tim returns, older and wiser and still in love with him.
Something Like fans will debate hotly over Tim and Jace as the better
choice for Ben, and the story’s all the more compelling because both men
are very sexy and appealing characters.
I can’t close this review without mentioning that Bell writes the best
pets. Jace’s cat and Tim’s dog are really funny likable characters.
I strongly recommend this book and the series. The series continues in
Something Like Winter, Tim’s story. Even if you come away from this book
hating Tim (I know people who loved this book but wouldn’t read SLW
because they hated Tim so much!), give it a chance too!
Kevin R. Free’s youthful narration, somehow both perky and snarky, is a
good fit for the story.
6 of 5 stars!
Copy Purchased for Review