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This was one of those books that I wasn't sure I would like, as I didn't really like Kelly in Something Like Spring. I should have had more faith in Jay Bell. He really is a magnificent writer and I need to learn never to make any assumptions about his characters. This is Kelly's story and no matter what you thought of him in Spring, you will love his story. In a word, his spirit is amazing. He does not always express it correctly, but his heart is wonderful. In typical Jay Bell fashion, he makes you root for Kelly and William until his tears them apart so Kelly can have his real true love. What is great is he does it in such a believable, human fashion. I have to say, my view towards William also changed and not in a good way. Something I am sure Jay Bell will whack me over the head with when he tells Williams story.
Once again Kevin R Free hits it out of the park with his performance of these characters. He is really one of the best narrators out there and I hope he is always the voice for Jay Bell's stories. This is a must listen for fans of the series, but be warned, there is a modified HEA. The ending is the beginning of Thunder.
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This is a great addition to the Something Like series that let's us get to know 2 (really 4) characters from the past even better. I love how connected and intertwined all the characters are with each other, Jay does such an amazing job of giving long time fans better insight into characters we may not have liked so much from past books and allows us to walk in their shoes for a while. In the end you can't help loving and understanding each and every character! Amazing!
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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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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.
Would you listen to Something Like Lightning again? Why?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Something Like Lightning?
learning Jasons involvement in Kellys carrer.
Which character – as performed by Kevin R. Free – was your favourite?
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.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
not as good as the first 4