Something Like Thunder
My name is Nathaniel Courtney and I’m a survivor. I didn’t let the cruelty of others wear me down, and I’ve weathered the more subtle hardships of the heart. Love is a Trojan horse, slipping past your guard and leaving you ransacked and vulnerable ...more
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Jay Bell has always been a pillar of MM Romance for me. Ever since I stumbled upon Something Like Summer in Goodreads by chance, I didn't sway to other genres other than MM Romance since then. And his work has been one of my hallmarks in gauging whether a book is good or not.
His Something Like series has been a life changer for me. Although the Storms series focuses on survival; for me, all of his books talk about one vital message. Hope. Hope in love, hope in something close to a forever, hope...more
My name is Nathaniel Courtney and I’m a survivor.
Man oh man do these guys have thunderous issues! And, I loved that.
Right to the feels.
Re-Read ✨E-book and later re-visited via audiobook/ Kevin R Free. I love the voice chosen for Nathaniel!
Gosh, and this book was one very long flashback *so be ready. The first read I hated it. The second read I never wanted it to end.
The book as a whole.....
Kelly is one of my most favorite character's in this series. And, I now adore Layne. C ...more
"You didn't want me to get hurt, you didn't want to hurt me, but you ended up doing both. Cheating on me would have hurt less because I would have gotten over it. I could have villainized you and made you one more challenge to overcome. Instead I spent the last three years doubting myself and wondering what I did wrong."
This picks up with Nathan and Kelly set up, forced to talk face to face after years of being broken up. We are taken through h ...more
"Love is a revolving door. The only trick is timing when you step in."
Ah, Marcello. What a wise man you are.
Nathaniel has been through a lot of hurt by people he loved and who were supposed to love him back. He put up walls and decided that it's easier to just not love anyone that much, that way he can't really be hurt. That is, until he realizes that it the possibility of getting hurt is worth having Kelly.
So, he tells Kelly everything.
Jay Bell has a way of making me love a character. Real ...more
Some people keep repeating the same mistake, hoping for a different result each time. Nathaniel Courtney, of 'Something Like Thunder by Jay Bell, has learned the hard way that loving someone with his whole heart is the fastest way to destroy himself. In his defense, he's decided to flip the ...more
This is how I discovered MM Romance as a genre and fell in love with it, and for this I'll ever be grateful. Jay Bell has a way of writing great characters. None of the MCs in all these six books is shallow, nor they are some perfect little boy with no flaws, respectful manners and the ideal role-model. This is important, I think, because all sorts of readers can connect deeply with at least one of them - because they feel real. They have ...more
WARNING MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
I misjudged this book while reading 3/4 of it. I was angry, bored, angry again, sad, groaned again and then at the end, I was giggling. You read it right, GIGGLING You don't get super angry, sad and then giggle at the same time with the same book!
When I have decided to pick this book already for my next reading, I was very scared. Lightning gave me hurt so much that I wasn't able to sleep for the next 3 nights (me being that affected) and then I immediat ...more
Where to begin is easy, where to stop, not so much. I feel like this is a short review for a long book, but if you read Something Like Lightning, you already know some of what goes on between Nathaniel, Caesar, and even Jason Grant and the Hubbards.
The focus of Something Like Thunder is Nathaniel Courtney, who played a big role in Something Like Lightning, but here we get to see his past, his pain, and what made him the man he was in the previous book. Nathaniel was ...more
I have read other reviews and I think the reason that I didn't have such a negative reaction to a lot of the horrible thin ...more
I know this is a work of fiction but there are far too many coincidences that made me go from “Oh cool!” to “Only in a soap opera does that happen.” I was okay with the 6-degrees to Jason Grant issue, but I’m referring to the fact that Victor is Nathaniel’s father. I actually was not a fan to hear that Victor was 13 years old when he became a father. I think this was too farfetched of a tie in and kind of unnecessary too. Plus, it changes Victor’s story for me a little bec ...more
I love an author who gives me depth of characters. I yearn for the whole story about them. I want to know why…why…why. In the case of Nathaniel Courtney, I want to know why he pushed away the love of his life, Kelly. But sometimes, I want to just have very strong hateful thoughts about Nathaniel too, an ...more
But unlike the first few books in the series, Thunder lacks that thunderous impact. Sure, the reader gets a bett ...more
Every story has been an emotional roller coaster. It's amazing, how, even knowing part the story from another's POV, that it's still so new. Seeing it from another set of eyes, with different background and perspective, and it's completely different.
I was so interested in Caesa ...more
Nathan went through a brilliant transformation in this book. At the beginning he was a nervous, quiet and normal person. He did not seem to be all that interesting. But over the course of the book he transformed into an entirely new character. Admittedly every trait I grew to love I previously hated, but seeing him from his perspective was excellen ...more
“There’s someone else?”
Kelly laughed. “There’s only you. You made it so I could run again, and believe me, I’ve been running long and hard. Whenever I look back, I see you’re ...more
Is that sense of darkness a reflection of the growth of the writing talents of an experienced author? I find that there were many sub themes of the human condition that were eluded to that are familiar from many other sources of dramatic art and social media these days.
The pl ...more
I love this whole series. From Something Like Summer all the way to this book and I am willing to bet all the way through to the end of this series.
Loving a series like this, loving each and every book for different reason? Is virtually unheard of for me.
So no, I will not tell you guys why I loved this book. Because I feel like this book, hell al ...more
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“I’d go with you,” Kelly offered.
“—or maybe one of us will die young or maybe you’ll fall out of love with me because emotions can’t be controlled. Or maybe we’ll get to a point where we want to hurt each other. I know that’s hard to imagine now, but relationships only get more complicated as time goes by.”
“So we better avoid them?” Kelly snapped. “Why do you even leave the house? Why aren’t you constantly scared of getting hit by a car or shot by some random lunatic?”
Nathaniel exhaled.“ I never was before. Not until I fell in love with you.”