Author: LB Gregg
Narrator: Nick J Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/09/2016
Length: 02 hours 41 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
The Bluewater Bay series is a real exception to the norm for me. Usually I have to read everything in order but I find myself dipping in and out of this series every now and again and it seems to work well for me.
There’s Something About Ari is the shortest of these stories I have read so far and it felt rushed towards the end and somewhat incomplete.
The story introduces Ari and Buck who grew up in Bluewater Bay and were best friends. The day Buck’s world fell apart was also the day Ari upped and left the town and it is only now, years later, that he is returning as a star of the locally filmed TV show. He has bought the house next door to Buck and his brother Charlie and intends to situate himself right back in their lives.
Both characters have suffered in their pasts, both characters have secrets and both characters want the other although that is not initially obvious for either of them. They are able to work through their hurts and they quickly become friends again but then the story ends very abruptly. It felt like the introduction to a much longer story rather than an entire story on its own.
Nick J Russo always work well as a narrator for me. He melds his voice to the needs of the characters perfectly and is a pleasure to listen to.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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