Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

November 4, 2014 Review 5

Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

Hollywood is full of dirty secrets, but Carter refuses to be Levi’s.

Retired action star Levi Pritchard has made a quiet life for himself in the sleepy logging town of Bluewater Bay, Washington. But then Hollywood comes to film the wildly popular television series Wolf’s Landing, and Bluewater Bay isn’t so sleepy anymore. His retirement doesn’t stick, either, because he’s offered a part on the show—exactly the kind of complex role he’d always wanted, one that would prove him more than a glorified stuntman. The only catch? He has to stay in the closet—no matter how attractive he finds his co-star.

Carter Samuels is the critically-acclaimed male lead on Wolf’s Landing. And now, the man who inspired him to take up acting—and made him realize he’s gay—is joining the cast, and sparks fly between them instantly. But Carter is out and proud and determined to stay true to himself.

Remaining just friends is the only thing to do, as both the studio and Levi’s disapproving, dysfunctional family keep reminding them. Except their friendship deepens by the day, tempting them with what they can’t have but both desperately need.

Title: Starstruck
Author: L.A. Witt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static
Series: Bluewater Bay #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, The Burnt Toast B&B, Lights, Camera, Cupid
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: November 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 275
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

The last couple of books I have read by L.A. Witt had lots of action, adventure, and suspense, as well as being character driven.  This one was a totally character driven contemporary romance.  I loved it!

As the name Starstruck may indicate, this story revolved around the world of Hollywood.  Levi Pritchard has been type cast as an action hero movie star – “a glorified stuntman with lines” – and has been unable to get taken seriously as an actor.  Add to that a family that puts the “dis” in dysfunctional and an industry that kills an action hero who is gay, and we have a frustrated star leaving it all behind for the peace of small town Bluewater Bay in the beautiful Pacific Northwest – not far from Forks in fact.  *grin* I love the Pacific Northwest!  *sigh*

Levi is doing reasonably well, directing the local community theater group and taking care of his two roommates, Link and Zelda.  Link and Zelda were a couple of my favorite secondary characters in this story.  They were “opinionated,” empathetic, discriminating, and about 20 pounds – each – of Maine Coon cat.  Loved them!

Then TV show Wolf’s Landing, starring Carter Samuels, comes to town and disrupts Levi’s nice safe, quiet little world.  Not only is Levi offered the roll of his dreams in this series, but Carter is HOT!

What does a guy do when his career and family hinge on him staying in the closest, but the man of his dreams refuses to be a “dirty little secret?”  The back and forth angst of this story is amazingly well done.  This story kept me riveted, and when I had to take a break for a little sleep, I actually dreamed of it.  That doesn’t really happen that often, and when it does, the dreams don’t stay with me like this one has.  The first thing I did when I woke up, us dive right back into the story and finish it.    I couldn’t wait to see how things were going to be resolved for Levi and Carter.

I loved how it ended.  Both characters grew and came to a better understanding of themselves, each other, and what was important in their lives.  Who can ask more than that?

I see that this is part of a series, but each story is written by a different author.  How exciting!  I can’t wait to read the other stories to see what each author brings to the small community of Bluewater Bay and to set to Wolf’s Landing.  I need to go read now.

 

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Riptide Publishing Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.

Gay Romance Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by ten award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. WittL.B. GreggZ.A. MaxfieldAleksandr VoinovHeidi BelleauRachel HaimowitzAnne TeninoAmy LaneSE Jakes, and G.B. Gordon. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.

 

Join L.A. Witt and L.B. Gregg for the Welcome to Bluewater Bay Tour, and check out Starstruck and There’s Something About Ari to meet the cast, crew, and locals!

About L.A. Witt.

L.A. Witt is an author of gay erotic romances, and has been recently exiled from Okinawa, Japan, to Omaha, Nebraska. She resides there with her husband, a telekinetic goldfish, and two incredibly spoiled cats. It’s unclear if the exile was the result of the mostly classified “Aquarium Incident,” or if she’s actually being hidden, for her protection, from the Polynesian Mafia and her arch nemesis, erotic romance author Lauren Gallagher.

Should you encounter Lauren, don’t tell her L.A. is in Omaha. This bio will self-destruct in 17 seconds.

Connect with L.A.:

  • Website: com
  • Author Blog: blogspot.com
  • Personal Blog: blogspot.
  • Twitter: @GallagherWitt
  • Facebook: com//L-A-Witt-MM-Fiction
  • Goodreads: com/GallagherWitt

 

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of two eBooks off my backlist (excluding Starstruck) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 9th, and winners will be announced on November 10th.  Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.

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5 Responses to “Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt”

  1. H.B.

    I’ve added it to my wishlist already. Thank you for the giveaway!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  2. sheila shepherd

    Would love to read this book!!!!
    psshepherd AT earthlink DOT net