Reviewed by Morgan
Author: L.A. Witt
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Bluewater Bay #1
Heroes: Levi Pritchard/Carter Samuels
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 1 Minute
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 costar.
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.
Review – Book: In this case, the blurb pretty much sets the scene for us perfectly. Carter – young, out and proud – crushing on older “B” level actor and very closeted – Levi. They share many common interests, including indy films, and become fast friends. We see this friendship develop SLOWLY over many pages. Everything about Levi is perfect for Carter and he PINES, but alas, Levi is “straight” so…
Eventually, the 38 year old Levi admits his sexuality to Carter and they begin a relationship in secret. Carter wants more, but Levi fears the loss of his career and family, and chooses those over being open and honest with Carter.
I am a big L.A. Witt fan – sometimes she swings and misses. This is one of those. On the one hand, I love Levi and Carter and think they’re great characters and great together. It was her pacing that made me nuts. SO MUCH TIME spent on building the friendship then POW, they’re together, POW they’re apart, POW I Love You, POW the end. The last 20% went too fast and the first 80% too slowly.
I was particularly annoyed with Levi’s resistance based on his career. He’s not even a main stream actor and this is already being billed as a gay friendly show… to me – at his age – I’d think the relationship would matter more given the inconsistency of Hollywood and the lack of guarantee that he even has a career beyond this show. But… I was very pleased with the ending. It redeemed things for me quite a bit, I just wish there’d been a bit more between building the friendship and then super-drama/resolution at the end.
Book Impression: 3 of 5 stars
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo is just so easy to listen to! He does a great job with both male and female characters – so all the female characters in this story are really well represented. I loved his choice of voices for Eli and Carter and thought the audiobook made this story even better. He even gives the secondary characters unique voices and that really brings this story to life. I think I’d buy anything narrated by Nick – he’s a reliable source of entertainment and his voice is just DELICIOUS! He absolutely elevated my enjoyment of this story and made me rate it higher.
Audio Impression: 5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*