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Something Like Lightning

(Something Like #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  119 reviews
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 har
ebook, 389 pages
Published October 9th 2014 by Jay Bell (first published October 4th 2014)
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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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

My Dearest Jay,
I hate you,
and then I love you.
It's like I want to throw
you off a cliff,
then rush to the bottom
to catch you.


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. Lol

Breann nailed it when she said only Jay Bell could make you love a guy like Kelly. No t
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
Look at the release date....

It so far away.....what a tease....!

I'm sorry, but this is how I feel right now, cuz...I DO NOT HAVE THIS BOOK!

Now ,I wait !

Oct 9, 2014 *grumbles*

Aww, Kelly :-(

I hug you soon...kay....


*looks at cover again*

Andreas Bell---you are a ---> Tease!'s Oct 9, 2014...and....

Got it...and...OMG...


Big Hugs, to Kelly
I never warmed up to Natatial? But


I was right, this book /series still has wonderful writing!

And, Kelly's did not disappoint ❤

Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

I 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 impetuous...but you stick the reader with them for years...seeing them through these growing-up phases...making 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 alwa
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, mm-faves
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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Riina Y.T.
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 ... w
Anyta Sunday
Me need NOW!!!!!!!


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

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
I think Kelly is my new favourite character in this series! I loved getting his story. Full review to follow...
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Louis A
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 you
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.

Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
im SO excited to read something like thunder!!!
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
“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 start dating y
Anna D.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, m-m, ya-na
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 William
Joyfully Jay
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Something 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
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, reviewed, ya
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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
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 ...more
Chrissy M
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I love this series!!!!
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lena Grey
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance." ~ Bruce Barton

Kelly 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,
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
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
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-themed
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 ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loaned
4.5 stars

I 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 tempered...but 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
Anthony McGill
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
One of the best in the field of M/M romance fiction, Jay Bell has fashioned another well written, generally absorbing novel.
Mr. Bell has created quite a franchise with his "Something" series, this being the first in the new series of his "Seasons" books with different characters to the previous books.
"Lightning" traces the young life of Kelly Phillips, surely one of the most liberated gay teenagers you will ever encounter, who experiences many dramatic life changing (an
Amanda Jones
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love, m-m
Gah .. Is it October 9th yet?!!? I am itching to get my hands on this book!!!
Gah .. what can I say? Jay Bell is a phenomenal writer!! And while I have yet to read all of his books .. I have read the Seasons Series and each one of them stole some of my heart! In something Like Spring something about Kelly pulled at my heartstrings so I was beside myself with excitement when I fould out he would be first in the Storms Series! I didn't really anticipate his story starting before him and William w
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“I don't have any first times left... I hope that's OK.” 8 likes
“Like a cup of coffee or a hot shower, William’s smile was the perfect way to begin the day. Before school, Kelly would often open the front door to discover that smile waiting for him. Or if it was his turn to drive, he would cruise over to William’s house, park in the driveway and sit on the hood of the car , casually waiting for it to appear. And there it would be. That smile, lighting up the world and making Kelly’s insides buzz.” 2 likes
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