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Something Like Spring (Something Like... Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jay Bell

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Nothing in this world is permanent. Friends, lovers, even family, can all disappear in the blink of an eye. Without these anchors, it's all too easy to find oneself drifting.

Jason Grant doesn't have much, aside from a beat-up old guitar and knack for getting kicked out of foster homes. His latest placement is set to be just another in a long line of failures. Then he meets Caesar Hubbard, a handsome guy who lives down the hall. For the first time in his life, Jason wants to stay, which means learning to be part of a family, and not letting his feelings--or his actions--ruin his first real chance of falling in love.

Something Like Spring introduces a new character to the Seasons story, one with a troubled past and an equally turbulent future. Jason must traverse a winding road fraught with emotional conflicts and tough decisions... a road that might just lead to a certain couple in Austin.

The Something Like... Series:
Book 1: Something Like Summer
Book 2: Something Like Winter
Book 3: Something Like Autumn
Book 4: Something Like Spring
Book 5: Something Like Lightning
Book 6: Something Like Thunder

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Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself eager to communicate the feelings of alienation, adventure, and love that surrounded this decision, and has been putting pen to paper ever since. You can learn more about the author at www.jaybellbooks.com

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Jay Bell never gave much thought to Germany until he met a handsome foreign exchange student. At that moment, beer and pretzels became the most important thing in the world. After moving to Germany and getting married, Jay found himself desperate to communicate the feelings of love and alienation that surrounded this decision. He's been mashing laptop keyboards ever since.

Jay is a Lambda Literary Award winner and a fairly bad dancer. He also thinks that you're really cool. Seriously.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Perfect Season 30 janvier 2014
Par Tina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
One thousand-four hundred-fifty-four. I keep trying to make that number fit into the melody from the song from Rent that always gets stuck in my head, but it won’t work. That is the number of pages to which Jay Bell committed the story of Tim Wyman and Ben Bentley. The books are named for the four seasons of the year, but the period of time spanned by the four books is actually closer to two decades. And those pages, they’re not enough. I feel bereft. I will be thinking about Tim and Ben for way too long. It’s been two days since I finished reading Something Like Spring, and I still can’t start another book because Tim and Ben won’t leave me alone!

Jay Bell shows us Ben and Tim’s lives from every conceivable point-of-view and at many stages of their lives, but as an avid reader of his work, I know there are more moments that he missed. I want them all. And I want all the moments of the lives of all the other characters Jay Bell created to surround Ben and Tim. Victor, Ryan, Caesar, Nathaniel, Kelly, Emma and so many more completely evolved characters. I am a greedy reader. I got so completely immersed in the amazing universe where Tim and Ben live that I lost hours of my life to them. And somehow, it could never be enough.

I have survived Ben and Tim’s story from their meeting in Summer through the end of our voyeuristic voyage (but not necessarily their relationship) in Spring. Not only have I survived, I thrived, stayed up too late, gotten up too early, ordered pizza for dinner too many times to count. I laughed, I cried, I felt the tickle at new love or professions of love in my tummy, I clutched my Kindle tighter as I waited for one character or another to make the right (in my opinion) choice. Mr. Bell has a fabulous sense of humor which he deftly uses to balance the sadness and tragedy that are a part of any realistic story.

The sheer multitude of characters contained in those pages is mind-blowing. I picture a crime procedural television show, where they have all the white boards lined up with the facts of the case laid out. In order to keep track of all his characters and the many ways in which they intersect Jay Bell would need a warehouse full of white boards. And every single character is as engaging as the last. Even the ones you hate, you want to read because they get in your head and won’t leave you alone. Somehow, as only a writer of great characters can do, Jay Bell leaves you wanting only good for the “bad guys”. You are able to recognize that they aren’t bad people, just flawed human beings looking for the same thing everyone else is. They just go about finding it in the wrong way sometimes.

In Something Like Spring, we meet Jason Grant for the first time. Jason is a victim of the American foster care system. He has been in twenty-three foster homes by the age of fifteen, accompanied only by the beat up guitar his mother gave to him when he was little. The home in which we find him being placed is one where the foster parents most often adopt their foster children. All Jason has to do is follow the rules and keep his head down and he will have a permanent home and a family to pay for his college education. Enter Caesar Hubbard.

Caesar is the only genetic child of the family with whom Jason has been placed and his room is temptingly right down the hall from Jason’s. How is he supposed to follow the rules and keep his head down when all he wants to do is sneak into Caesar’s room at night and explore his budding homosexuality? Things are too often not what they appear to be and Jason, in his desperate need to find someone to love and who will love him back just as deeply, believes only the best of what he sees.

Not much is given away in the blurb, so I won’t disclose much of the story. Mr. Bell doesn’t give up much ahead of time. You need to read it for yourself anyway. It will blow you away. I can tell you that Jason’s caseworker is able, once Jason is on his own and struggling to survive, to introduce him to a couple she knows in Austin who are happy to take him in and treat him like family. This is the beginning of a period of happiness unlike Jason has ever known.

I have a wicked headache today. When I cry, I get a sinus headache, and I cried ugly last night when reading the end of Something Like Spring. Today I blame Jay for my abuse of over-the-counter pain medications and any potential damage to my liver caused by said abuse. I won’t hold it against him though, because if he somehow managed to find a heretofore undiscovered fifth season and wrote a book about it, I would savor every word. I have learned that among the tears is so much beauty and love and joy and family that it is all worth it. To quote Jay Bell, “Love is worth the pain.”

And I do love Something Like Spring. I also loved Something Like Summer, Something Like Winter and Something Like Autumn. I am so thankful to the friend who read Summer in a challenge on Goodreads and said those fateful words we have all used. “You have to read this book. It was so good.” She was so right. And now I say to you, “You have to read this book. It is so good!”

Reviewer’s note: Begin reading any Jay Bell Publication early in the day. Best to start on a Saturday morning. Because unless you have will power of steel, you will literally not be able to stop reading until the book is done.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read them all... loved them ... can't wait until what happens next. 9 février 2014
Par Neil in Morgan Hill - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A well earned 5-star rating for Jay Bell's Something Like Spring. Being a little dyslexic, I love the fact that the series' fourth season is Spring. After reading and loving the first three books in the series, I purchased the 4th book in the series with trepidation. Would Jay coast after the first 3 books in the series or would he push for greatness. Much to my delight and obviously to the delight of so many other readers, Jay Bell delivers. I wasn't so sure about the introduction of the new character Jayson Grant. Sure enough, he captured my heart and took me for an incredible journey for 7 tumultuous years of his life. Having had a rough time during my teenage years, I felt Jayson's pain but also relished his fortitude, willingness to shun bitterness and keeping his heart open to love. Jayson's message is clear, you can make it if you just hold on to life and love. His story epitomizes the popular slogan that encourages young people to live and not give up in despair, "It does get better!" From experience, I know it is true. I appreciate the author's ability to respect the reader's attachment to the personas he has created within his stories.

I started out to write a short review... enough said. I recommend reading the series starting with Something Like Summer. If you have read the first three in the series, you absolutely must, without a shadow of a doubt, unequivocally buy this book and put it at the top of your reading list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 OMG What A Story 4 février 2014
Par Bradley Watts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have been a fan of the Seasons series since the first, I bought Winter and Autumn the minute they were released and spring was no exception. I adore the characters in Jay's story and was a little sad at first to know this would be the last time I read about them. I stayed up for nights to finish this amazing novel, which brought in a few new characters and many of the old from the other three books. I instantly fell in love with Jason, His struggle to be accepted was certainly something I understood as his journey began I was hooked, I adored Ceaser and William and many others, My heart leaped for joy as The others from the past were reintroduced like Tim , Ben , Jace, Marcello, Michelle, Greg and more..I cried the most reading this book then any of the others, It would be hard to pick a favorite of the four but this one is certainly high up there. It should be also made into a movie, maybe a sequel to the upcoming "Something like Summer" film. This novel will steal your heart and take you on a journey so grab ahold of jason's hand and enjoy the ride ....it's an amazing read.....We all have a Tim or a Ceaser or maybe even a William in our lives..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect end to the Seasons! 3 février 2014
Par PTR - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The year is over…the Seasons have come and gone. It leaves me with a sense of both happiness and sadness, sort of like loving two people at the same time. I’m happy for the experience but sad that it’s now only a memory. I’m mostly happy about the opportunity to have shared the lives of such great friends in these books. To get to know them—warts and all, and to still care about them and know that my life is richer for having them in my life for the short time they existed. With the end of Spring I’m left with hope that there will be many more friends to meet in the future. My greatest hope is that while I’m writing this review of an excellent series, that I would recommend to anyone, Jay is home writing his next book. If I could pre-purchase all of his future novels, I would do it in a heartbeat. Keep up the great work, Jay. You are a very gifted story teller, as revealed in this series of Seasons and the Loka Legends!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Something Like Spring by Jay Bell 31 janvier 2014
Par Lena Grey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
“...Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ~ Robert H. Schuller

For Jason Grant of Jay Bell's 'Something Like Spring' it seems that his timing is always bad. All Jason wants is to belong with someone who loves him as much as he does them. On the surface, this may not seem so hard, but for many reasons, it is for Jason; but Jason has a great heart and lots of love to give and he never gives up on his dream.

Jason is a complicated young man who has had his share of adversity. His aversion to foster homes gets him in a lot of trouble when he deliberately sabotages his opportunities so he won't have to stay. Jason never feels as if he belongs; he always feels like an outsider. At his last foster home, he's seduced by his foster brother, Caesar; but due to circumstances, their relationship doesn't work out. In fact, it turns out to be a disaster. Jason tries to make it on his own but everything seems to be against him. During one of Jason's most discouraging points, his ex-caseworker, now friend, Michelle, introduces him to her gay brother, Jace who invites him to come stay with him and his husband Ben if he needs a new start. By the time he decides to take his friend Jace up on his offer, Jason can't reach him. He calls Ben instead who tells him Jace has died. Ben, in his incomparable goodness, wants to honor Jace's offer and have Jason come to stay with him and his present partner, Tim. Not only does this put Jason in a secure environment, with people who support him, it also benefits Ben and Tim, adding another layer to their relationship and giving them things to sort out which will make their partnership even better. Jason feels more secure with them. He is now in a better position to make important life decisions. He realizes that, without learning the hard life lessons he experiences, he wouldn't be capable of doing what he needs to do to be happy.

Following Jason's journey from a troubled, lonely teen, to the man he becomes, isn't easy and evokes a range of emotions which, especially if you've read the other three books, you can't help but feel. I found Jason very easy to love. I wanted to hold him when he was sad and cheer with him when he was happy. I also wanted to knock a few heads together here and there. Even the mention of Jace's name brought tears to my eyes. It was also good to visit with Ben and Tim and be able to see different sides of their personalities from what I've learned about them before. Jason has a big influence on them, bringing to light issues which they need to face. It tied the theme of being part of a loving family together very nicely.

Jay has such a way of remaining objective about his characters, who, like everyone else, are not all good or all bad, but a combination of both. This makes his characters stand head and shoulders above others' I've met in my reading. They are ordinary people, trying to live as best they can, overcoming hardships, while reaching for their dreams. I recommend this book especially to those of you who, like me, are die-hard fans of the 'Seasons' series, but also encourage new readers to experience the lives of the fascinating characters involved, starting with the first in the series, 'Something Like Summer' and reading the other three sequentially. I promise you, it's an experience you won't soon forget. Thanks, Jay, for another literary delight. I'm looking forward to see what happens with the new characters in the series. Originally published at Rainbow Book Reviews.
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