Book Reviews

Starstruck (A Bluewater Bay Story) by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-January-2021

Book Blurb

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 costar.

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.

 

 

First edition published by Riptide Publishing, November 2014.

 

Book Review

I was so excited to start the 'Bluewater Bay' series. I was curious about a series of books, written by different authors, that centered around a small town in the middle of nowhere Washington state, where Hollywood had invaded to film a weekly, one-hour TV show based on a hit series of books.

"And damn it, three pages into the script, he couldn’t have turned it down if he tried. For the first time in years, the thought of signing a contract actually gave him that rush it had when he’d started out. This was the role he’d been begging for before he’d left LA. The kind of role that reminded him how much he loved—and missed—acting."

I couldn't blame Levi for getting away from Tinseltown. Especially since the action movies that made him a star gave him zero leeway to act, and he was disgusted with the whole thing. He moves out to Bluewater Bay, does some acting and directing for the local community theater, and thinks he is happy until Wolf's Landing started filming in town.

Levi is given the opportunity for a role of a lifetime, a role the author and the executive producer both want him cast in, but the studio will only agree because Levi is a masculine, macho man. With the lead actor, Carter, being out and proud, and the executive producer being a lesbian, the studio execs are terrified the show is going to be too "gay and homoerotic".  *rolling my eyes* Normally this wouldn't be an issue for Levi as he's been hiding his sexuality for years, but the chemistry between Carter and him is off the charts, and their shared love of indie films, subtitles, and film noir means this is more than just sexual chemistry.

"They could still be friends, but he needed to pull back. Spend a little less time with Levi and a little more finding someone he could connect with the way he wished they could connect. He needed to move on."

Believe it or not, there were more than a few times during my reading where I got a little frustrated at the slow pace. Not the slow pace of the sex, or lack of it, but the repetition of the whole "no, it's best if we're just friends…Levi isn't willing to come out…the studio would crack down on him…Carter doesn't want to be anyone's dirty little secret", yadda, yadda, yadda. But then I realized how brilliant the author had written this. It was realistic down to its very core. The way Levi and Carter behaved, the thoughts they had, were exactly what would occur in real life.

An explosive beginning to what I believe is going to be an incredible series. I am so looking forward to more from this sleepy little town, and the drama Hollywood can create.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 275 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-January-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Starstruck-Bluewater-Story-L-Witt-ebook/dp/B08RWGCRNF