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Something Like Summer & Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

Something Like Summer, and it’s sequel, Something Like Winter, are two wonderful books! Something Like Summer is being made into a movie (to be released in 2014) and has also just been released as an audio book. This clip gives an idea of what it sounds like. Jay has also posted another clip on his website and youtube channel with a different sample from the book.

I haven’t listened to this audio book but have listened to a couple by other authors which I will review separately. When it comes down to it, I personally prefer to read the book but being able to listen does have its time and place (like while doing the housework! )

 

The series reading order

  • Something Like Summer (Season #1)
  • Something Like Winter (Season #2)
  • Something Like Autumn (due approx.  6 June 2013)
  • Something Like Spring (due end of this year)

Warning: this review might be viewed as slightly spoilerish

Something Like SummerSomething Like Summer by Jay Bell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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.

So what did I think?

This book was superb. A fabulously crafted story of lasting love. The characters were portrayed wonderfully. A very emotional story.
Written from Ben’s point of view, the first half of the book was focused on the initial relationship of Ben and Tim, followed by Ben’s story.

During the second part of the story, I was so emotionally invested that I found myself frustrated with the direction of Ben and Tim’s relationship and the introduction of Jace to the story. However Jace was such a beautifully written character that I could understand the direction the story was taken and fully supported Ben’s choice. However I was disappointed to find myself not viewing Tim in a positive light due to some of his choices – thank goodness for Something Like Winter which provided the story from Tim’s point of view.
It is so exciting to hear that the book is to be made into a movie!

5 Stars

Something Like Winter (Season #2)Something Like Winter by Jay Bell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

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, a chance to spread his wings, but he soon finds himself falling into the same tired patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley. Suddenly a whole new world opens up to Tim—love, sex, warmth… home. 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. As his lies slowly push Ben away, Tim learns that the greatest enemy can come from within. Buried beneath a decade of deceptions, Tim must claw his way to the surface in the hopes of learning to fly.

So what did I think?

This book follows Something Like Summer and is the story from Tim’s point of view. Once again it is an emotional journey that provides insight into Tim and the choices he made. Some of Tim’s actions, as told in the first book, are viewed in a totally different light and I found myself once again a supporter and hoping for the HEA he deserved! Lots of frustration and tears but also lots of love in this story.

5 Stars

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Finding Shelter by M.J. O’Shea

This is the third book in the Rock Bay series.

  • Coming Home (book # 1)
  • Letting Go (book # 2)
  • Finding Shelter (book #3)

Finding Shelter (Rock Bay, #3)Finding Shelter by M.J. O’Shea

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Justin Foster has nineteen years of nothing but trouble behind him. After escaping his abusive father, he finds himself in Rock Bay, Washington, with his cousin Travis. Justin is bruised and has a hard time trusting, but with the help of his family and the small town, he might be able to heal.

Logan O’Brien is also new in town, hoping he can finally get away from his past and the memories of the girlfriend who shattered his heart. It doesn’t take him long to realize Rock Bay can be more than safe harbor: it can also be home. And for the first time in his life, he finds himself captivated by a man—by Justin.

Justin is attracted to Logan too, but he’s also wary. Physically, Logan reminds him a bit too much of the closeted jerks who used to beat him up after school. But after one awkwardly amazing kiss, he’s smitten, despite how his past and insecurities continue to haunt him. Logan’s love, faith, and stubbornness are just what Justin needs to believe their love is worth fighting for.

So what did I think?

I very much enjoyed how this romance played out!

Justin’s story is slightly stereotypical – he is a gay boy from a small town with a drunk and abusive father. After one bashing too many, he flees to Rock Bay where his cousin Travis lives. His cousin works in Lex and Tally’s coffee shop but is leaving town which means Justin can take his job.

The characters from the first two books all make an appearance (no significant storylines) but enough to offer their support to Justin. Justin does not have any friends, is not really very used to people and is still nervous.

“At least Rock Bay was big enough to have a few other fairies. Sure, they were a little too old to really be his friends in anything other than the boss and mentor category, but it made Justin feel better to know they were there.”

Logan, Mason’s best friend from book 2, is a straight guy who turns out not to be so straight after all! He is instantly attracted to Justin’s beautiful looks.
“And you’re not even a little freaked by it? Justin’s a guy, Loogs. You’re straight.”
“I guess everyone has their exception.”

I loved the way the relationship was handled with neither man rushing into anything. Firstly they don’t share their feelings with each other, Justin because he thinks Logan is straight and Logan because he doesn’t want to make the first move on the fragile Justin. Once the first move is made, the sexual exploration is also handled gently. “It was so new for both of them: Logan with a guy, Justin with anyone at all.

The plot was a little formulaic with some drama provided by Justin’s father but the book is more focused on the emotional journey as the two men realise that they are looking to a future together and what they have is not temporary.

A nice 3.5 star read.

4 Stars

See my review of Coming Home.

See my review of Letting Go.

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Letting Go by M.J. O’Shea

This is the second book in the Rock Bay series.

  • Coming Home (book # 1)
  • Letting Go (book # 2)
  • Finding Shelter (book #3)

**This review may have slight spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book in the series **

Letting Go (Rock Bay, #2)Letting Go by M.J. O’Shea

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Drew McAuliffe has lived in the small town of Rock Bay most of his adult life. He’d like to be happy, but not at the cost of having his private life under his nosy neighbors’ microscope, so he keeps his bisexuality under wraps.

After a messy breakup that caused him to pack up and move to Astoria, on the Oregon coast, Mason Anderson decides to avoid drama of the romantic kind. All he wants is to start over—alone.

But Drew and Mason were meant to meet. The long looks and awkward half hellos chance offered were never going to be enough. But when they do finally come together on the worst night possible, misconceptions and problems from their pasts get in the way. Until Mason learns to trust again—and until Drew learns to let go of who he thinks he is—a real connection is nothing but a pipe dream.

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this story.

Drew has lived in Rock Bay most of his life, playing by the rules which were largely dictated by the ‘in crowd’ at school. He is still friends with Brock, the homophobic bully who hasn’t changed his behaviour since high school, because Brock has contacts that could damage Drew’s business. But Drew is now querying the path his life has taken. “He wondered if at nearly thirty-three, it was too late to escape.”

In the first book of the series Coming Home, Drew had come out to his good friend Tally, finally admitting he was bi. Tally’s admission he was gay gave Drew the confidence to confide in his friend. Drew meets (or rather sees across the room) a gorgeous guy called Mason. The sparks fly for both men as they encounter each other a number of times without speaking beyond a ‘hi’. However, the road to true love does not go smoothly.

In this book, the timeline crosses over that from Coming Home so we revisit the events from the first book with some slightly different point of view. I had mixed feelings about this approach. In terms of providing a better understanding of Tally’s behaviour (why he kept seeing Brock instead of standing up for Lex), it was good. But I felt it didn’t do much to shed more light on Drew’s character and I just wanted the romance part to start!

The age gap was handled beautifully. Mason and Drew developed their relationship slowly and it was lovely to see the younger man excited to teach Drew about “passion and closeness”. “Mason realised it had nothing to do with skill or experience because all Drew had to do was touch him, and he melted all over the place.”

The men need to overcome a number of obstacles to find their HEA. Drew is worried that he is too old and Mason may tire of him or feel held back because his life is just starting. Mason has been hurt before by a controlling boyfriend and this leads him to interpret some of Drew’s actions incorrectly. Luckily there are some great best friends to push them in the right direction.
“So Drew makes huge changes in his life to be with you, you love him, and he makes a couple dumb mistakes, one of which he didn’t know was a mistake because you never really told him about Todd, and now you’re going to end everything over it?”
When Logan put it that way, he did sound crazy.

Overall this was an enjoyable book and Drew and Mason got their happy ending. 3.5 stars.

4 Stars

See my review of Coming Home.

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