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.
Oh Ari… I loved him from the time he flew onto the page… almost literally. He was adorable. Not only that, he be-friended Buck, who obviously needed a friend. From that moment on, I was a complete and total fan of Ari. Honestly, that first chapter pulled me in and the characters never let go. The only complaint that I have about There’s Something About Ari is that I wanted more. *sigh*
I think what I liked most about There’s Something About Ari was the character’s voice. The book was told from Buck’s POV and his inner dialogue was great. The banter and interactions between the characters was fun and ‘real’. I honestly fell in love with them all. I loved Buck’s hovering dedication for Charlie. I loved the ‘friends to lovers’ romance between Buck and Ari and I loved that the story itself was beyond sweet. The back story was heart breaking for both Buck and Ari. That in itself made me want them to be together.
So, yeah… There’s Something About Ari cemented my first impression that Bluewater Bay is definitely a series I’m going to be following closely. There was one short cameo from the previous book and I’m sure as the series progresses readers will be seeing more of them. Hopefully Ari and Buck will be making another appearance. 😉 The next book in the series is Hell on Wheels by Z.A. Maxfield. I can’t wait to see what happens next as the cast and crew from Wolf’s Landing continue their descent on Bluewater Bay. 😉