Book: Something Like Summer
Author: Jay Bell
Series: Something Like, #1
Genres: Young Adult/New Adult, LQBTQ, MM Romance
Publication Date: 5th January 2011
My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 30th November 2020
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.
This has been on my Kindle for a long time - since 2014 - so this is another book that it was about time I got around to reading.
It starts with Ben getting ready to go back to school after the holidays but being intrigued by the guy with the bright blue trainers who runs around the neighbourhood. Ben decides to try and find the guy before school starts so takes his dog on long walks around the neighbourhood until he finally comes across him mowing the lawn and overhears his parents saying his name: Tim. After causing an accident that leaves Tim incapacitated, Ben plays nurse out of guilt and the two grow close. Really close, until they end up as a couple but Tim doesn't want to come out as bisexual or gay and wants them to stay a secret. Ben struggles with this after previous bad experiences and pushes the issue until things come to a head and Tim ends things. Fast forward five years and they both end up at the same school and it isn't long before they run into each other and sparks begin to fly once more.
Can I just say that I found Ben to be a little bit stalker-ish at the beginning of this with how he followed Tim around and slid himself into situations that made Tim notice him. And Tim, too, was a little bit full on when he came back into Ben's life while at college. It was rather obsessive and weird.
I have to say that I didn't entirely fall into this story line. It was too much at times and I couldn't decide who I wanted Ben to end up with. Both men were great and if Ben had met Jace first, then I would have been cheering them on because they made a great couple, but he met Tim first and therefore I was cheering those two on but they went on an emotional roller-coaster pretty much from the start and it didn't end until the last page. Literally.