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I loved this just as much as I did the first I like Tim as well Trust me, he did some stupid shit, but he did it for love so I guess I can give him a break This book ties together some pieces that were missing from book 1 since it s from Tim s POV We get to see him grow and mature from how he was in the Something Like Summer This book was still as messy as the first book That s my best way to describe it in that life happens and life isn t always pretty and wrapped up in a neat bow But that s what makes this book so special I can t wait to read the next one, although I m a little scared as I think it s probably going to be a little or a lot sad 2.5 starsI just can t I can t muster it I can t gather it up and have it take flight Nope Still no Tim Love Odd thing is, I did want he and Ben to end up together eventually I DID But that s about my NEED for a HEA then any affection towards Tim at all.See, Timhe s kindaselfish No And really, weak and foolish And a little bit mean and dishonest And I can totally see why people love him as this broken character I justcan t forgive his actions Granted, Winter helped me to understand him The scenes with Eric made me a little less angry with him But, as soon as the scenes from Summer came back up waterpark, the note , I was livid all over again And the bits with Travis and Ryan Added to the aggravation.Look, I don t judge anyone for loving Tim But me I just can t GROUP CHALLENGE REVIEW Boys in our Books The amazing Jay Bell contacted the blog about reviewing his new release, Something Like Spring Being honest with him, we let him know that 3 of our reviewersJenni, Sheri, Susan had read Summer and all didn t love it So he challenged us to read Winter and see if the controversial character of Tim could win us over Here is our review THE SETUP The 3 of us, at different times, all read Jay Bell s Something Like Summer last year Here are lines quoted directly from our past reviews Jenni 3 stars Tim was a jerk And he never fully redeemed himself Sheri 3 stars Tim is a selfish, spineless jerk Susan 2.5 stars Adult Tim is creepy, overbearing, desperate, borderline pathetic and a stalker Clearly, erm, we didn t like the character of Tim Wyman So, to find that he got his own book in the series, Something Like Winter , well, obviously none of us was going to run and read it Until Jay Bell, the author, challenged us to do so THE REVIEW Jenni After I read Something Like Summer last year, I was a hostile, angry mess I couldn t believe the outcome it was my first experience reading a book where I actually liked the writing but hated one of the main characters So imagine my reaction when the BioB team got the challenge to read the second book in the series, which, as it turns out, is in Tim s POV, the very MC I despised from SLS.Sheri The timeline nearly matches the first book, with an extra peek into Tim Wyman s life before Ben s collision into his life and a lovely looksee as to what happened after Summer ends It was helpful watching things unroll from Tim s eyes it sprinkled understanding and compassion into their story It pains me to say, however, my annoyances and irritations were not erased and quite possibly, intensified.Susan I wanted to believe that Tim acted the way he did out of youth in the beginning and out of love in the end But, honestly, I can t say that I think Tim acted out of selfishness The man loved himself so fully And I don t doubt that he could love Ben and Eric and others But, I did doubt that he could love them than he loved himself.Jenni But here s what SLW DID do for me I began to understand Tim a little I related to his fear of coming out I understood the way his past in Kansas haunted him I worried for his parent s rejection And most of all, I forgave him for not fighting for the love he kept telling me he felt whether I bought it or not is a whole other issue.Sheri Deprived of love, Tim is starved for attention He is desperate for acceptance, dying for approval and most of all longing to be loved Yes, I see the imbalance in his life loud and clear He was alone, very alone I feel terrible for the neglect he suffered and I do sympathize for his misfortunes Unfortunately, he was the force of devastation than once Tim was Tim s own worst enemy He sabotaged his happiness and then persecuted himself to penance.Susan It was bad decision after bad decision and that should made me feel sorry for him, right But, I struggled Treat Ben like crap Try to force Travis into a relationship he s not ready for Even that weird photo shoot he did for Eric s friend And his crazy time with Ryan Time and again, Tim s choices frustrated beyond But all of that could be forgivable and understandable if he wasn t so SELFISH in so much of it.Jenni In SLW, we learned a lot about Eric, Tim s much older, rich benefactor I was happy about that for several reasons In SLS, I was uncomfortable with the idea of Tim and Eric, and I never fully believed Tim didn t have an intimate relationship with Eric What I discovered was that Eric was this loving, special, nurturing man, whom I REALLY liked.Sheri Did I understand him better Sure.Did I want his happiness Absolutely.Did I mourn with him Damn straight I did.Did this make everything better sigh No, it didn t.Susan I think by the end, I was so worn down by my Tim hate, I actually kinda gave up I confused even myself wanting Ben Tim to be together, to be happy Maybe I just wanted it all to end in a way that made the rest worth it I m not sure.Jenni This book gets two ratings from me 4 stars for solid writing and 2 stars for the way things turned out I m splitting the difference on my overall rating and going with a bitter 3, in total.Sheri I respect solid writing and powerful stories when I see them, even if the characters infuriate me I can say that this is an impressive tale that spans a decade of soul mates torn apart, brimming with dozens of emotions, and a guarantee that you will fall onto one side of the divide or the other 3 starsSusan I think any book that makes me FEEL this strongly, not because of irritating writing, but because of thought provoking and emotion inducing characters is produced by true talent I just don t think I can get past the bad taste in my mouth that is Tim I ve read Jay Bell s Kamizake Boys and really really enjoyed it So, I admit he s gifted I guess if I was a literary critic, I could speak to the power of this book But, I m but a reader for entertainment and a reviewer for release So, with that, 2.5 stars for me RATINGS Jenni 3 starsSheri 3 starsSusan 2.5 stars Up until now, Something Like Summer has been, hands down, my favorite book Something Like Winter now shares that same spot you should see it, Winter clings to Summer like a baby chimp to its mama it s adorable Winter has everything I loved about Summer sweet romance real, complicated love searching for acceptance and fighting for what you want It also gave me something I wanted so badly in Summer the chance to be in Tim Wyman s head.I ll be honest and say Tim made me growl than once while reading Something Like Summer While that s still a bit true after reading Something Like Winter he is human, after all , having insight to his family and social background, and the way he sees the world puts a lot of things in perspective He s a flawed hero who is driven by his huge heart yes, his heart not his European standard well, the former certainly than the latter I cried for him than once, lamenting his relationship with his parents, dealing with bigots, experiencing loss on so many levels it was easy to forgive him his seemingly selfish moments that had niggled at me while reading Summer.With Something Like Summer, I fell in love with Ben and Jace le sigh Something Like Winter had me fall in love with Tim and Eric such a beautifully fascinating character While Winter is a companion novel to Summer, it s in no way a simple rehashing of events from Tim s perspective There are new stories, revisiting of favorite events, and a fully fleshed out heh tale of Tim s journey from boyhood to manhood in a novel that stands on its own just as much as it completes its predecessor Another winner from Jay Bell Bravo, sir Why couldn t people s insides match their outsides The world would be such a wonderful place if the nicer someone was, the beautiful they became Jay Bell has cojones, as a particular granny in this book might say It was no small risk to tinker with what is arguably the most beloved gay romance ever I speak of Something Like Summer, of course Even a sequel, if it were a stinker, could ve been swept under the rug, as so many sequels are But writing a companion that revisits the original story and potentially sours us on it was a bold move As thrilled as I was to read it, part of me was nervous Pfft, I shouldn t have been nervous Jay s significant skill and talent always make him a safe bet, and Something Like Winter is a blast from beginning to end I loved seeing of Tim s Kansas origin, his friendship with wealthy oldster Eric Conroy, his side romances with a closeted frat brother and a sexy bad boy, and the mishap that got him his scar The fleshing out of his relationship with Ben was also very welcome Rather than tarnishing our memories of SLS, Jay lovingly builds on them, and uses SLW to elevate the tale of Ben and Tim to a romantic epic Individually, the books aren t quite equal halves of a whole, though Something Like Summer is the motorcycle, and Something Like Winter is the sidecar So if you re a newcomer to these books, it s important to read SLS first In SLW Jay tends to whisk us through the events already covered in SLS, probably under the assumption that we don t need to see them again It s an understandable choice, but since a lot of the whisked through scenes are the ones that lay the foundation of Tim and Ben s romance, the result is that SLW takes that romance somewhat for granted I sometimes had to draw from my memories of SLS to remind myself of the chemistry these boys have For SLW I would ve liked less whisking and illumination However, since the bulk of the book is spent on previously unexplored events in Tim s life, it s a small quibble And it s a compliment to Jay that I DO want to see those scenes all over again All in all, Jay should be proud of himself yet again The most beloved gay romance now has a worthy companion.And what a gorgeous cover, too The ship has sailed Team Tim s fan boat is out to sea, and I m left sitting on the dock I shook my frustrations best I could It was exactly one year ago when I first met Tim, so I assumed sufficient time had passed to allow my emotions to simmer down I was wrong, so very wrong The timeline nearly matches the first book, with an extra peek into Tim Wyman s life before Ben s collision into his life and a lovely looksee as to what happened after Summer ends It was helpful watching things unfold from Tim s eyes it sprinkled understanding and compassion into their story It pains me to say, my annoyances and irritations were not erased and quite possibly, intensified Deprived of love, Tim is starved for attention He is desperate for acceptance, dying for approval and most of all longing to be loved Yes, I see the voids in his life loud and clear He was alone, deserted from those who should have cared the most I feel terrible for the neglect he suffered and I do sympathize for his misfortunes His pain is magnified after his heart grieves from a poor decision No, not a poor decision A grave mistake When he broke Ben s heart, he destroyed his own He had to swallow his sorrow and pick up the Tim pieces again and again Unfortunately, he was the force of devastation than once Tim was Tim s own worst enemy He sabotaged his happiness and then persecuted himself to penance The cowardly selfish actions during high school were excusable young and stupid we all once were , but the vicious daggers that spewed from his mouth left lasting scars Fast forward three years and things are not any better Travis and the frat brothers were another cold shoulder, yet the shaming was worth the pain if only for four letters Eric Eric was warmth, courage, and exactly what Tim needed He saved Tim He filled the emptiness Tim ached to have full He led Tim down the road to self acceptance and held his hand while he faced the regrets of his past Their relationship was unique and puzzling I did not see a lost father found, or a best friend bonding I can t quite put my finger on it, but regardless, it was beautiful and necessary.Then Tim da Tornado tears through town He has his sight set on a particular pair of chocolate brown eyes and he will stop at nothing to reach his goal His path of destruction is severe and damage control may be hopeless I began to wonder if he would even notice if he destroyed the prize in the fight to get to the finish line This is when any love I had gained was lost yet again He would compromise anything for his personal gain.he was careless, reckless, and blinded with greed A poolside moment had my blood boiling Austin I have no words Ryan Another poisonous relationship he permitted Ben swooped in and rescued him after witnessing the ugly secrets behind closed doors Between all three I m still trying to close my jaw Did I understand him better Sure.Did I want his happiness Absolutely.Did I mourn with him Damn straight I did.Did this make everything bettersighNo, it didn t.Setting aside my aggravations, I did see him grow and become a man that would spend his life trying to make up for the mistakes that he made one fated summer s night I cannot deny the power of his love for Ben I just can t excuse his means to reclaim his lost love He was a caretaker when it mattered the most and when he loved someone, he would literally sacrifice anything for them I adored how he treasured his furry baby and cherished his Nana two warm fuzzies that I clung to in the story I respect solid writing and powerful stories when I see them, even if the characters infuriate me I can say that this is an impressive tale that spans a decade of soul mates torn apart, brimming with dozens of emotions, and a guarantee that you will fall onto one side of the divide or the other I may have missed the boat, but this time I was actually trying to board AfterSomething like Summeryou could not have paid me to join the Team Tim s fan boat, even if it was filled with Marcello s boys and an open bar well, on second thought Seriously though.it was a bumpy ride, for all parties involved and even if I m not a fanatic of the Season series, I m glad I held on and gave it another go because I am an admirer of Jay Bell.For a chance to win all four books in The Seasons series, check out our giveaway and interview with the seriously kick ass author himself here This is what i ve been waiting since I finished his brother book Something Like Summer And is better to read SLS first to understand this one better and suffer a whole lot , making it one of my favorite books ever, it was heartbreaking but that made it even better Yeah, this book makes me suffer It was all I needed to know after finishing SLS The book takes almost the same time that the other one, this just start a few weeks earlier and ends a couple of years latter Nothing was left untold this time, Tim s scars, the one on his shoulder and the ones in his inner self, the painting, nothing This told Tim s struggle Ben, the most important thing in his life, was lost because of Tim s fears, in SLS this makes Tim a coward to Ben s eyes, but all those fears are there for a reason, a little of that was explained in SLS, but it was never considerate by Ben This time, you can understand all those fears, that leave Tim to lose the love of his life, not just once, but 3 times Tim isn t redeemed because he didn t need to be redeemed He was just a scary boy who grew up slower than Ben, having other people in his life, but only one who can really be someone to hold, Eric, showing an exquisit platonic love that somehow brings Tim s to life again, and show how resilient he can be Ben, Travis, Eric, Ryan, everyone of the needed to make him grow, deal with his friends in highschool, society, his frathouse, family Tim s story is realistic, but cruel, well, life isn t a happy place for everyone, and personally, i got to a point where i didn t want to keep reading cuz it was really cruel for Tim, it was hopeless spoiler , srsly, the cathartic moment when he with Jace and Ben are watching The Lord of the Rings the Return of the King , is just heartbreaking , but curiosity and hope, kept me going Only hope in a happy ending kept me going and it pay off The book was amazing, and didn t leave that bittersweet taste that SLS gave you at the end The doubts are cleared, the fears gone, and both are mature enough for each other. 4.5 StarsThis was a wonderful companion story to Something Like Summer It covers the same time frame plus a little but it s told from Tim s POV As much as I enjoyed this story, in retrospect, I wish that I had taken a bit of a respite between books 1 and 2 It was draining The roller coaster that is Tim and Ben is tough to experience back to back Despite the areas of overlap which was to be expected , there were a lot of new developments that weren t explored in Ben s story so, that was nice One thing I didn t like view spoiler I felt bad for Tim he got a little shortchanged IMO Why Because Tim came across as being Ben s alternate choice At one point Tim recognized that Ben was made for me and Jace was made for him Well, who was Tim made for I felt that Tim atoned for his wrongs where Ben was concerned Actually, atoned and then some IMO So the wedding ring bothered me I totally get that Jace will always have a place in Ben s heart but he s gone and if Ben truly loves Tim and is creating a life with him, then he should be wearing Tim s wedding ring on his left hand Ben should move Jace s wedding band to the right hand if he insists on continuing to wear it and Tim agrees But wearing Jace s wedding ring on his left hand and relegating Tim s to his right hand is yet another example of Tim playing second fiddle I didn t like that hide spoiler 4.5I m not apologizing for fangirling again here.I ve read this and book one back to back and have absolutely loved the writing,the characters,the angst,the feelings.This Author s writing just pushed all my buttons.You know when something works for you,when you re glued to your kindle and cannot wait to get back to the story.A companion novel to Something Like Summer but it s so much than that.This isn t just the same story from a different POV.It takes the reader into Tim s world,his thoughts and his story when he wasn t with Ben.I can imagine people not liking Tim in book one but I always knew there was so much to him and you ll fall in love with him here.This book,and book one,tells the story of two teenage boys whose connection is undeniable but life gets in the way with all the expectations and prejudices they face along the way.Spanning over a decade, it s a love story that I wouldn t have missed reading.Highly Recommended. 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 Something Like Winter, The Companion Novel To Something Like Summer , Tells The Story From Tim Wyman S Perspective, Revealing New Private Moments And Personal Journeys