Author: L.A. Witt
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
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.
Josie Goodreads’s View:
Starstruck by LA Witt is the first book in a new series by Riptide Publishing set in and around the fictional town of Bluewater Bay. It’s a small coastal town in Washington that has managed to become the location for the filming of a paranormal TV series called Wolf’s Landing.
Retired action movie star Levi Pritchard moved to Wolf’s Landing when he walked away from Hollywood. Levi spent years playing the movie game, hoping that his worth as an actor would allow him to develop his career. He repeatedly denied who he was. He hid that he was gay, even publicly denying relationships he was in, all for nothing, he ended up typecast as action hero Chad Eastwick, and in the end jaded and bitter Levi walked away into obscurity.
But obscurity was about to find Levi. Out of the blue Levi is offered the role he’s always wanted, a role with depth and character, a role on Wolf’s Landing. The only problem is that he has to play straight, Levi’s opposite leading man Carter Samuels is openly gay and the producers want to match that with a hetro man’s man in Levi. From the moment Levi sees his co-star he finds himself captivated by the gorgeous young man, and it’s soon obvious that his feelings are returned by Carter, who’s had a crush on Levi for longer than he can remember. Can Levi have his second chance at a career? Can he and Carter be just friends, Carter certainly isn’t going to be anyone’s ‘secret’ boyfriend, he made that vow a long time ago. As Levi and Carter get to know one another it’s obvious they both like each other, more than like in fact, but it’s a relationship that goes nowhere, or is it?
I loved this romance, and that’s what it is, a romance, Levi and Carter dance around each other for a long time, they become friends first, bonding over a shared love of old movies. Levi gradually opens up to Carter about his reasons for leaving Hollywood, his dysfunctional family and the ex-boyfriend who nearly outed him. Carter even gets along with Levi’s cats, Link and Zelda, and I have to say I loved those cats. The story is told mainly through Levi’s eyes, although we do hear from Carter too. I also loved Anna; she was the director of Wolf’s Landing, and an old friend of Levi’s, she was a good sounding board for Levi and made a lot of sense.
Carter though, as much as he likes and desperately wants Levi, made a vow to himself long ago that he would never be anyone’s dirty secret, he was out and proud and staying that way. I respected Carter for that; he was a nice guy, down to earth and understanding. I understood Levi’s situation though, he wanted his second chance at a serious career in acting, he wanted the Wolf’s Landing role, and just the threat of having it taken away was enough to keep him firmly in the closet. And then his family, his parents are recovering alcoholics and just awful, Levi is definitely better off without them. I think for Levi he’s ever had anyone he was ready to risk everything to keep; his ex-Dylan came close, but not close enough.
The romance between Levi and Carter builds slowly, a large part of the story is spent with them dancing around each other, knowing they can’t act on their attraction, but when they finally give in to the inevitable it was hot, and sweet, and just perfect. Only trouble is they have to face each other the morning after when nothing about their situation has changed.
I’ll stop there, I don’t want to give away the ending, I just want to say that I loved Starstruck, it was sweet and endearing, and a lovely love story. The Bluewater Bay series gets off to a great start with Starstruck and I can’t wait to see what’s coming up next.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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