Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: There’s Something About Ari
Author: L.B. Gregg
Series: Bluewater Bay #2
Heroes: Buck Ellis/Ari Valentine
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 95 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
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Blurb: 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.
Five years ago, Buck’s mother died and his best friend, Ari, left without saying goodbye. Since then, Buck’s life has revolved around his brother, keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table. When someone moves in next door, Buck doesn’t think much about it except for wondering why someone would want such a crappy house. Until he sees it’s Ari whose moved back to town. Buck’s beyond flabbergasted on why Ari would move back (right next door!) and doesn’t want to let the man get under his skin again. But Ari came back for a reason and it’s not just for a TV show. He’ll do anything to have Buck as more than a friend but with Buck’s natural stubbornness, will he be able to finally have the man he wants?
This was such a sweet read. I loved that Ari and Buck were great friends when they were younger even though they were such opposites. Now, after all these years, they’ve changed (for the most part). Before Ari was an over-energetic, trouble making kid and now he’s a confident, responsible adult. Buck went from a promising life as a writer to giving up his dreams and staying in Bluewater Bay taking care of his brother. As characters, I loved that Buck tried so hard to resist Ari’s charms but I also loved that Ari was so happy and determined to win Buck over. They’re adorable together and the fact that they are so completely different just made it even better.
I really enjoyed this one but I desperately wished it had been longer. I would have loved to see more of Buck and Ari after Buck finally pulls his head out of his ass. Plus, I want more of Ari! He’s so adorable, I could have read another 100 pages of him!
In the end, this was a great little novella. I absolutely adored Ari and his exuberant ways but I also loved that Buck tried so hard to be indifferent to Ari and his ways. I would have loved for it to be longer but this one was still an enjoyable read that had me smiling at the end. I hope Ms. Gregg decides to write a sequel because I really want more of Ari and Buck!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*