Never stop running. No matter how often life trips you up or how many times your enemies knock you down, just get up and keep on moving until you find where you belong.
Kelly Phillips has been out and proud since he was a young teenager, and thanks to the gay youth group he frequents, he's never been short on friends or lovers. But when you have almost everything, it's hard not to focus on what's just out of reach: a best friend who would be Mr. Right if he wasn't already Mr. Straight. Or that handsome athlete at school who would be easier to wrangle if not for his angel wings. And then there's the guy who might be a perfect fit, maybe even a soul mate...if only he wasn't convinced he didn't need anyone. Kelly has always been good at running. Now he must learn to chase, which will test not only his endurance but the durability of his heart as well.
Something Like Lightning is a new beginning in the Something Like... saga, shifting the focus to a different set of characters while also revisiting a familiar face or two.
The Something Like... series:
Something Like Summer
Something Like Winter
Something Like Autumn
Something Like Spring
Something Like Lightning
Something Like Thunder
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Well Written. Expertly Narrated
Okay, cards on the table, I have loved the first four Something Like books. I like how they tell an organic story of people as they grow and deal with the world around them. Most of all though I like stories with characters that are well rounded and that I can if not exactly relate to, certainly ones that I can sympathise with.
Kelly Phillips is not that character. When we first meet him in Something Like Spring, we see him as someone who is in the way of the happiness of the books main character. We're not supposed to like him. The fact that he is snide and waspish doesn't help endear us to him.
When I found out that Thunder was about him I groaned, as it's hard to give time to a main character in a book that I dislike. In fact, it took probably the first quarter of the book for me to get into the story at all and most of the main reason I stuck around was because I hoped that there would be some cameos from characters that we had got to know in previous books.
Well, that's not entirely true. You see, even though I really did not like Kelly, the story was so well written and so well read I found myself actually enjoying it.
No, Kelly did not endear himself to me, I still don't like him. However, I did care about what was happening to those around him and ultimately found myself wanting things to work out well for him.
So, out of the Something Like series this has been my least favourite, but I am still glad that I stuck with it as I can think of few places (fictionally speaking) that I would rather be right now than Jay Bell's world.
If you've happened by this book then do yourself a favour and start at the beginning with Something Like Summer and enjoy some quality fiction as you go through each story. Make your own mind up about characters who you like and dislike.
- Andrew G
not as good as the first 4 in series
not really. though it filled in some gaps we already sort of know Kellys story and there was nothing exceptional about it..the next book is about Nathaniel?? I doubt I will read that one, shame really as I really enjoyed the first 4. I see a new one is on the horizon, I cant wait.
learning Jasons involvement in Kellys carrer.
Kevin R Free is wonderful. (I wonder if I could get him to record my answer phone message). I like his portrayal of Jason, and Tim OH and William, Ben is good as is Alison and .... I think you get the point.
not as good as the first 4