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Something Like Thunder

(Something Like #6)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  719 ratings  ·  74 reviews
This isn’t a coming out story. Nor is it the tale of a lonely heart seeking companionship. This is about how I learned to fight.

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
ebook, 483 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Jay Bell
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May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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

¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
5 Thunderous Star!

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
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this sucker! Best series I've ever read

"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

"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
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago, a slender orange book began popping up in my Amazon recommendations. It was called Something Like Summer, by Jay Bell. At first, I wasn't quite sure what to think. It didn't look like a slick, publishing house novel, and I had never heard of the author before. The plot sounded a bit far-fetched to me. Then I saw it was independently published, and I groaned inwardly because until that point, I had had bad luck with books like that. But I kept it in my recommendations because som ...more
Lena Grey
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The thunder rolls and the lightening strikes. Another love grows cold on a sleepless night. As the storm blows on out of control, deep in [his] heart, the thunder rolls.” ~ "The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks

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
Let's make it clear in the beginning: I love this series.
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
Another awesome entry in the series. Full review to follow...
Ryan Santle
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

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
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Wonderful audiobook. This series is one of my favorites.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT! It's Jay Bell... nuff said :^)
Joyfully Jay
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jason
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

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
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 (extra half star for Marcello) I started Thunder immediately after Lightning. I grew to like Nathaniel in Lightening after he intrigued me in Spring. I knew there was more to him although I wasn't prepared for how much more. I ended up wanting to wrap him in bubble wrap somewhere along the line just so he would stop getting hurt and reacting instead of finding happiness.

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
This was a fun addition to the "Something Like" series. If you read Something Like Lightning, you know that the protagonist in this story, Nathaniel, ended SLL on the verge of explaining why he had broken up with Kelly, the main character of that novel. His flashback/explanation constitutes the plot of SLT. This book was a good, solid read, but my primary critique lies in the fact that nothing in his background really justified his decision to cause that much pain. Moreover, there were a few coi ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-fiction
I'm not much of a m/m romance fan, but these are fun, well-written and character driven. Somehow they make me appreciate my own relationship. I look forward to the movie of book 1.
Anna D.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, m-m, ya-na
4.5 stars

Spoilers here…

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
Wow! Something like Thunder is the sixth Something Like book by Jay Bell. Since I had read the other five books in the series, I was very excited to get my hands on this one, and it was everything I had hoped for and more! Something Like Thunder is Nathaniel's story, which I was very eager to read. We met Nathaniel briefly in Something Like Spring and got to know more about him in Something Like Lightning, but now we get to learn about what Nathaniel has been through, why he did what he did in L ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
What can I say but booming, crashing, startling, fearful, quaking, deafening, sometime tentative… The sounds of thunder, all describing the audio performance of Something Like Thunder by Jay Bell.

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
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jay Bell has a gift of telling the other side of the story. When I read about Nathaniel's and Kelly's characters from Something Like Spring, I didn't like them. They seemed to be the villain to me. However, like how Jay managed to flesh out Jace in Autumn, he was able to breathe life into Nathaniel's character in Thunder, similar to how he showed a different side to Kelly in Lightning.

But unlike the first few books in the series, Thunder lacks that thunderous impact. Sure, the reader gets a bett
Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
I love how this series folds back to the original trilogy. Even if a character is only mentioned, and not seen, it's nice to remember them. The time line was a little hard for me to get right in my head...but it does work.

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
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Brilliant! Amazing! This would have to have been the best book yet. Even if the character connections are beginning to get a tad confusing.

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
Roger Kean
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What needs to be said about Jay Bell as a writer and maker of stories has already been said many times over. All that's left, then, is how well the characters work. I've seen some comments pointing out that this is Something Like Lightning all over again only from Nathaniel's view point instead of Kelly's. Not so, I say. It would be academic to suggest going back with Lightning open again and re-read them side by side, but I think that would show up the essential difference and that Thunder enri ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, must-have
Thunder is loud and cannot be seen. For Nathaniel it was being abused physically by his brother and emotionally. Turning off feelings never solves anything and it cannot be done. When Nathaniel reached Kelly, he knew that he had to prove that things will be different and he did just that. It is also interesting how Zero brought them together like how Samson was part of Ben's life with Jace and with Tim after he passed. This series just keeps amazes me and or course love is one complex emotion.
~Sαм I Aм~
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agos Aguilera
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more.
this books are awesome.
Firstly, there is this thing that Kelly says about running away from Nate and then realising that he was so deep inside of him that he wasn't running away he was just carrying him along. It was so amazing to see Kelly be so forthright and just own his love. It was brilliant and a great testament to how much he has grown up.

“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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the darkest of the "Something Like..." series so far, definitely an immediate follow on from "Something Like Lightning", but it does stand as worthy of having a whole book dedicated to this part of the story itself.
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
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I want to be done with this book. Being done means I'm caught up on the series without another book to salivate over. I don't even know if Bell is planning another book in this series or not but I hope he does. I absolutely love his writing and these characters. I really enjoyed how Nathaniel is connected to characters from the earlier books, how every book is tied into the other. Nathaniel is the second generation in this series and being able to see both generations together, o ...more
Melissa Rae
Because it is seriously late right now and this book is still giving me all the feels I am just going to leave a fast few words as a review.
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
Anthony Abrenio
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“This will happen again,” Nathaniel explained. “Even if we manage not to hurt each other, eventually one of us will get sick or get bored, or someone else will get in the way. Maybe they won’t mean to. Maybe my mom will need me when she’s older and I’ll have to go to her—”
“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.”
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