Review: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg

November 13, 2014 Review 2

Review:  There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg

Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.

But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.

ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.

Title: There's Something About Ari
Author: L.B. Gregg
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: How I Met Your Father
Series: Bluewater Bay #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Starstruck, Hell On Wheels, Lone Wolf, The Burnt Toast B&B
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: November 10, 2014
Genres: Male Male Romance
Pages: 95
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: three-flames
L.A. Witt

In this second installment of Bluewater Bay, there was not much happening on the set of Wolf’s Landing but there was a nice look at the local coffee shop – Stomping Grounds.  Isn’t that an interesting name for a coffee house?

Buck Ellis, one of the featured characters, is a manager at Stomping Grounds, and Ari Valentine, the other featured character, once worked there too.  This is a rather interesting coffee house owned and run by Tori who appears to be everyone’s confidant and/or mentor.

Buck and Ari have been friends since grade school.  That is until they entered high school and began to discover their sexuality.  High School is such a volatile time.  So much happening, and in this case, even more than was known.

This was actually a rather nice portrayal of  a friendship that drifted apart due to miscommunication, misunderstanding, life in general, and just plain growing up.  But then as they grew and learned about self in particular and the world in general, coming home and reconnecting with what is really important – family – even if it is family of the heart.

Though a short and fast read, it was satisfying.  Characters were well developed with an interesting cast of secondary characters adding to the story.   The story moved mostly okay, but I did find a bit jerky, skipping from one day to a week later.  At least this happened with chapter breaks, so was acceptable, if not smooth.

Since this is a Bluewater Bay story there are cameo appearances by Levi – a star on Wolf’s Landing and the director Anna from Starstruck, but emphasis on cameo.  This is very much a stand-alone read.

I am still loving Bluewater Bay and eagerly await the next story.



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.

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. Witt, L.B. Gregg, Z.A. Maxfield, Aleksandr Voinov, Heidi Belleau, Rachel Haimowitz, Anne Tenino, Amy Lane, SE 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.B Gregg


When not working from her home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, author L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore to Panama–sipping lattes and writing sweet, hot, often funny, stories about men who love men.

For more info on L.B., because surely one can never get too much of a good thing, you can follow her on her preferred social media, Facebook. You can also e-mail L.B. at lbgregg at lbgregg dot com, visit her website, be her GoodReads pal or follow her sporadic appearances on Twitter.

2 Responses to “Review: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) by L.B. Gregg”

  1. jenf27

    The Bluewater Bay series sounds great. I have added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review and contest!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com