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.
As far as series introductions go, Starstruck did an excellent job. Bluewater Bay was Levi’s ticket to escape Hollywood, but a popular paranormal TV show changed all that. The only thing that could possibly change his mind about going back to acting was being dangled in front of him. His family was slowly piecing themselves back together and ‘coming-out’ wasn’t an option.
Carter was in awe of Levi. He had admired the man for years and had heard the rumors about him. He was okay being friends. They had a lot in common, but there was also a strong attraction between the two of them he couldn’t ignore.
These two guys just about broke me. They grew to care for and respect each other in a few short weeks. I wanted them to be together, but I couldn’t see how it was going to work out any more than they could. This wasn’t an ‘instant attraction’ story. These men had admired each other from a distance for years. The title actually applied to them both. Once they met and spent time together the attraction grew. I loved the way this story played out – even when it wasn’t going the way I wanted it to, or expected. Levi did a lot of soul searching and at the end…. well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.
The supporting characters were great too, especially Anne. Link and Zelda weren’t just pets written in as filler either. I loved them just as much as Carter and Levi and I’m not even a cat person. 😉 There were a couple of notable characters that I disliked from the beginning, but I was in good company because no one else really liked them either – including the cats.
So yeah, Carter and Levi were the perfect couple to start the Bluewater Bay series. I’m kind of hoping that readers see more of them. This is another series that will be written by several different authors. There’s Something About Ari, by L.B. Gregg is next.