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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.
It doesn’t matter what theme it is, it doesn’t matter if it is shiny-n-new or worn-n-loved, my ears perk up when I hear LA Witt.
Why? I always seem to click with her stories. I can trust that she will provide delightful entertainment. Starstruck was no exception.
A strategic kick off to the Bluewater Bay series, Starstruck begins a considerable size collaboration of individual stories that tie a community together. I’m not sure if crossover scenes will occur, but I will continue on for the slim chance that I may run into Levi and Carter again. Yep, that’s how much I love Witt’s guys.
Levi did his time in Hollywood and he soared to the top. His success was great, but the microscope on his personal life and the pressures to ‘be’ who he was supposed to be was even greater. So this big time action hero packed up his awards and disappeared into the secluded forest up north. He had pulled off his escape until Hollywood came a-knocking once again. This time they pulled the big guns and dangled an offer they knew he couldn’t refuse. The perfect role, an old friend directing, and a delectable piece of eye candy on set. No was not an option. Damn them.
Carter was well aware the idol he worshiped for nearly a decade was tucked away in the shadows of Bluewater Bay and it had nothing to do with his acceptance of the role on Wolf’s Landing. Nope. Not a bit of weight factored into him catching a glimpse of the man he adored from afar. Okay, so maybe, just maybe the fact that the man who inspired him to act and shed light on his sexual attraction to men was in the backyard of the set was an extra selling point when he decided to pack up and leave LA. Can he untangle his tongue when he comes face to face with star of his fantasies?
Cue the trouble.
Slow and steady- friendship, trust and love bring Levi and Carter together. Younger, out and proud Carter would do nearly anything to be with Levi. Levi would do nearly anything to stay in the closet. What happens when nearly is not enough?
Per usual, the writing is spiffy, the characters are swoon-worthy and the story was engaging.
A first kiss that made my knees weak…
A first time that had me turning on the fan…
And a first book in a series that has my attention.