Something Like Lightning

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 haNever 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 soulmate 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 not only test 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.
Something Like Lightning 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

  • Title: Something Like Lightning
  • Author: Jay Bell
  • ISBN: 9781500831950
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Something Like Lightning”

    1. I could talk about this book for daaaaaaaayyyyyys and I have so many things highlighted that I want to share with the world, but that would mean I'd spoiler all over the place. SLL is one of those where I feel like everything I say will be a spoiler because so much happens to Kelly and the book goes in unexpected directions. I'd hate to take away from a readers experience, so I'm going to try and be as spoiler-free as I can.Going in I was worried. Worried because Kelly was such a stinking twathe [...]

    2. 4.5 starsMy Dearest Jay,I hate you, and then I love you. It's like I want to throwyou off a cliff, then rush to the bottom to catch you. Sincerely, Justin I am so conflicted here. I love Jay Bell’s writing, I love his characters, and I usually love the euphoria I get when I finish one of his books. Not this time. I’m still a little wrung out and that ending makes me want to thump Jay in the forehead. LolBreann nailed it when she said only Jay Bell could make you love a guy like Kelly. No tru [...]

    3. 3.5 starsI know your game, Jay Bell! I figured you out!You write these characters and you say to the reader, "I dare you to try and like this guy!" The guys are flawed and irritating and impetuousbut you stick the reader with them for yearseing them through these growing-up phasesking mistakes and finding out how to fix them. And just when the reader wants to give up on them, you show that all of that was just the character being HUMAN and doing their best through LIFE.I didn't always get it, bu [...]

    4. Look at the release date.It so far awaywhat a tease.!I'm sorry, but this is how I feel right now, cuzI DO NOT HAVE THIS BOOK!Now ,I wait ! Oct 9, 2014 *grumbles*Aww, Kelly :-(I hug you soonkay.Promise❤️*looks at cover again*Andreas Bell---you are a ---> Tease! Ok's Oct 9, 2014d.Got itdOMG- Big Hugs, to Kelly I never warmed up to Natatial? But Wow!I was right, this book /series still has wonderful writing! And, Kelly's did not disappoint ❤️

    5. Dear lord why do I get talked into these things. Amazing of course. Review previously at BMBR.My experience with this book is slightly different to the other two Unicorns. I have only read Something Like Summer (and am still building up the courage/mending my broken heart to read the next books) therefore I had absolutely no idea of anything that would occur in this book. Let me say this works really well as a standalone, but I can imagine having the background knowledge of the other characters [...]

    6. Nathaniel and Kelly part one. I never thought I would love Kelly's character so much. He has to be my favorite next to Tim Wyman. Once these guys got an opportunity to tell their own stories, we understand where they get their edge and attitude. This installment is SO good, but it leaves us hanging off a cliff at the end there. I'll be back once I read Thunder and hear what Nathaniel has to say for himself. Excited to see his relationship with ceasar (we saw Jason's in Something like Spring) pla [...]

    7. He did it. Somehow, through the magic of the written word, Jay Bell led me to like Kelly Phillips, one of the characters I disliked the most in Something Like Spring.Welcome to Something Like Lightning, the first book in what's being called the Storms series. It's also the fifth book in the Something Like universe, and while it brings us back to some familiar faces, it also shifts the reader's focus to those who may have seemed like side characters in the Seasons series.Here, we get to know all [...]

    8. Guess What's finally out? YES!I know, right?<<<2 days later >>>So how did you like it?Well, Jay is continuously being awesomely genius. Huh, guess what? I was able to actually like Kelly! Sure he's damn difficult and all, but in the end I kinda felt for him. Wasn't easy being him, although I think, in the future, he needs to change his attitude a little every now and then.It was most exciting to see our old friends again:Tim and his Bentley, Allison and her Ben, Jason and well [...]

    9. Me need NOW!!!!!!!~*~I need to think about this one . . . The writing, of course, is great, because . . . well, Jay Bell!I'm just . . . something.

    10. I really liked this one, but I didn't love it. I'm not quite sure why. I just never truly warmed up to Kelly as much as I would have liked. I felt for him and admired him throughout the book, but he never really tugged at my heartstrings like some characters do. I did like him & Nathaniel together though, and I'm excited to read more of their story in the next book. Perhaps he will grow on me. ;) This was a touching story, as all Jay Bell's books are. He's a great storyteller and I love his [...]

    11. I think Kelly is my new favourite character in this series! I loved getting his story. Full review to follow

    12. With every new installment of this series, I continue to be in awe of Jay Bell's talent for interweaving this story of life. Each book is a different perspective and is so crisp and fresh. This was not my favorite book of the series, as a matter of fact it might be my least favorite and it is still a 4 star story (with 5 star writing). For me, I compare it to not loving a single chapter in another book. I've said it before and I will continue to reiterate it, this is an epic tale with so many la [...]

    13. What a beautifully written book. As one of many of Bell's fans, I fell in love with the Seasons series. We meet Kelly in Spring and I was not sure what spin was Jay Bell going to offer for main character of Lightening. Bell wove such a wonderful tale of love, pain, loss and joy. It makes me want to read Spring again, but that is OK. With characters and plots like his a re-read is always a pleasure.Go on and start - or continue with the Something Like series…. you will be happy you did.Thank yo [...]

    14. I bet you thought you knew Kelly in Something Like Spring. You didn't. This young man is bitchy, feisty, loyal, (eventually!) brave, honest to the bone, a fighter, and worth every second of your time. Read this book.

    15. “You are sixteen going on seventeen, Baby, it's time to think - lalala!” - OK, if you know the song all together now, 1, 2, 3, 4………. - lol!Seriously now, Kelly is sixteen about to turn seventeen and as you can imagine the hormones and emotional turmoil are all whirring around like a tornado. It’s a time when you fall in love at the drop of a hat, when you normally think you are in love with anyone that shows any interest at all, whether for five minutes or five years. And once you st [...]

    16. There are spoilers here, kind of.If the main couple here is Nathaniel and Kelly, I don’t like the fact that a good chunk of the book was spent during William and Kelly’s relationship. This portion of the book only made me dislike William, Jason, and Kelly for William/Jason’s cheating and for quickly Kelly was able to shrug off the deception.In SLSpring, I really thought William was a good guy and that Kelly was somewhat of a bad guy. I imagined that for Jason to get in between them, both W [...]

    17. A Joyfully Jay review. 4.75 starsSomething Like Lightning is the first book in the Storm series, featuring secondary characters from Something Like Spring, including Kelly, William, and Nathaniel. That being said, it is my opinion that you will get so much more out of the story if you read the Seasons series first (go, run, get them!).I have to be honest here and say that I really, I mean really, disliked Kelly for the first third of the book. I did not find him likeable and could best describe [...]

    18. I didn't really like "Something like Spring", that is probably why I didn't read this one sooner. Frankly I was kind of hoping that William would end up with Kelly even in "Something like Spring" because I just couldn't relate to Jason. And Kelly always seemed like an interesting character to me.Well this book proves it, he is a very interesting guy. Kelly's story doesn't have an ending it kinds of drifts into oblivion but the phases that his life goes through are nothing short of incredible.I g [...]

    19. Yet again another brilliant addition. Everything is continuing to meet the expectations I have of Jay Bell.He succeeded in making Kelly a likeable character eventually. At first I liked him, once he got with William I did not. But after they broke up I truly started to enjoy him. It showed an arrogant, rude and abrupt young man. But at the same time someone who was insecure and weak. Someone who truly wanted love. I cannot say I go much on the relationship which was the focus in this story, it f [...]

    20. I hate this review. Sorry. Jay Bell is one of my favorite authors. I read all his books. For me, Autumn was definitely the best book from the Seasons series. I expected this book to be something new. Instead it connects to the Seasons series. This itself is not bad, but I had several kinds of deja vu's. The characters, the story line, the book setup, it all was a little bit too much according to the "seasons" formula. So, I was not so much surprised and also the Kelly character did not really gr [...]

    21. This is told from Kelly's perspective. Kelly was introduced in the prior book "Something Like Spring" as the boyfriend of the main character's love interest in that book. In "Spring" Kelly seemed to be an angry bitchy kind of guy. Then at the end of "Spring" he has a photo exhibit and seems to have it all together. This story, "Lightning" is his story. It's a story of young love, broken dreams, longing, desire and second chances. As usual Jay weaves his story lines very well and is able to get i [...]

    22. "Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance." ~ Bruce BartonKelly Phillips, of 'Something Like Lightning' by Jay Bell, is, in essence, struck by lightning. Due to a tragic set of circumstances, Kelly endures years of heartbreak and pain, but instead of wallowing in self-pity, Kelly works his way through his disappointments while learning the lessons life is determined to teach him.Kelly is smart, handsome, [...]

    23. Kelly Phillips is a fleet young man to whom running comes as naturally as breathing. While he's generally aggressively competitive and dreams of someday competing in the Olympics, at the beginning of this tale he's more interested in helping his best friend Jared win a coveted trophy in a triathlon. Kelly's also struggling with coming out to his best friend and hoping that even if his feelings aren't reciprocated, at least that they can stay friends. The main stumbling block for Jared's winning [...]

    24. Jay Bell does it again with this new series, a subset of the previous "Something Like" books. I enjoyed meeting characters who I thought were new and then realizing that I had met them in previous books as secondary characters. This one is primarily about Kelly, the young guy who was William's boyfriend in Something Like Spring. He's the one who was an amputee and was bitter and cynical, holding on to William with iron claws. But in this story, our perspective is completely different and we see [...]

    25. Bell's books are worth the bucks. His stories are long and engaging and readers (well, ok, me) never quite know what direction he might take. He does like to give us the same scenarios from different points of view, which really provides a 360 degree look at these pivotal moments in the characters' lives.We also see what were fairly unsympathetic characters in one book turn out to be identifable in another. So Kelly, the reason why William and Jason can't be together in 'Something like Spring' i [...]

    26. I've never in my life went from hating a book so bad in the first half, to loving the hell out of it in the second half. I was ready to give up on it at least 10 different times and I talked myself out of it. Why? Because this is the first Jay Bell book I've ever read and everyone is raving about this author, so I thought I HAVE to give it a chance. And I'm happy that it worked out for me in the end.The main character, Kelly, was the most annoying, immature, and selfish brat to ever star as a ma [...]

    27. Jay Bell has a gift with words, with making his readers love, laugh, worry and cry. The problem is that we love it even with the horrible tears, and keep coming back for more. He has a hit on his hands with the whole series. Lightning is no different. I did not like Kelly from the last one and love him now, like Tim was less likable in the first than second book. William is less likable than in the last one, slightly. That is the talent of a great writer, to bring out new emotions with the same [...]

    28. 4.5 starsI love to read books by Jay Bell. He pulls me in and makes me love these characters that I don't think I would love at first. Kelly is one of those characters. When we met him in Something Like Spring he is mean and ill temperedbut who wouldn't be? He had an Olympic dream that was taken from him in an instant! (which I think he handled the loss of pretty damn well!) He fought hard to keep control of the few things he thought he could in his life. But in the end he let William go with di [...]

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