Something Like Winter

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
When Tim meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, a whole new world opens up to him—love, sex, warmth…home. Certain that society won’t understand what they have together, Tim struggles to protect their relationship. As his lies push Ben away, Tim learns that the greatest enemy can come from within.

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About Jay Bell

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 keys 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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Review by: Anna Lund on June 23, 2013 :
I have been sitting on this for a while now.
First, it took quite some time to get into the action seeing it all from Tim's side. I have problems with people who are untruthful, and Tim? He doesn't even tell the truth to himself.
Second, I was still angry with Tim from the last book, Something Like Summer, and I had to come to terms with that.
Third, it is a very hard book to sum up. At least, if you want to make a good job of it. And I do.
So here's me trying my best.

I loved it. Bet you didn't expect that, seeing the intro up there, huh? But I did love it, and I loved Tim, this broken, unhappy, sad and lonely character, who finally finds a voice to transmit what and who he is to me. A beautifully lost young man, who ends up finding himself.

Fantastic. Mr Bell, I hand it to you. A platter full of the most delicious kudos. I did not think you would be able to make me like Tim ever. But you were. You did it. I do. And I loved the epilogue that took us a bit further into the future.

I'm not big on spoilers, so I'm not going into the intricate dealings in this story. Suffice it to say that I adored many things in this book, but especially Tim's Mexican Nana, and her new priest. This is Tim's interaction with her on that, and it went straight to my heart:

"The priest, he is younger than me, but he says that love isn't a sin. You love a woman, you love a man, you love a tomato. God is happy, because he created love."
Tim stared at her. "Do you agree?"
Nana shook her head. "No one should love a tomato. But the rest, yes."

Gotta love that Nana. And her priest.

There are several more stories woven into this one, and Mr Bell intelligently gives us suffering and death, addiction and mental illnesses, without ever lecturing us on any of it. It just IS.
And while this is an M/M romance book, there is very little sexual action, (which I realize might be off-putting for some people), but holy hell! if it doesn't make it all the more fantastic. Some stories just don't need the sexing. This is one of them.

It broke my heart in all the right places. "...because of course it was summer. Whenever Tim pictured Ben, it was always summer."

Language-wise it would have benefited from one last editing run-through. I found both silly errors and the omnipresent confusion between the verbs lie and lay. I am fighting a losing battle, I believe.

***
I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone, I paid for it with my own money, as I do for all the books I read, all the music I listen to and the movies I watch
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kerry Hernandez on May 11, 2013 :
I really enjoyed getting Tim's point of view. This was a great book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Linda Howell on Feb. 17, 2013 :
This was such a good read. Jay Bell is an excellent writer who tells a great story. I liked all the characters- some more flawed then others but always real. A complicated story of love with lot's of angst but ultimately a satisfying ending. Coming out may be hard but not coming out could ruin your chance of happiness. It almost did Tim's- read the book and find out what happens. It's a great ride.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lotta on Jan. 10, 2013 :
I liked Something Like Winter even better than Something Like Summer. As strange as it might sound, I felt I got to know Ben even better, as there was more dialogue with him and Tim, which I enjoyed. And I liked getting to know Tim better, too :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kantarawee Khayhan on Dec. 08, 2012 :
It's awesome.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mitch Adams on Nov. 24, 2012 :
This books seriously gets my love. A wonderful add-on to Jay Bell's other book, "Something like Summer." I am excited everytime Jay turns out a new book, because they just keep getting better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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