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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “There’s Something About Ari” by LB Gregg



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.


True story – I was reading this book on the plane and found myself charmed. So, I kept reading as a deboarded, as I walked up the jetway, as I walked through the terminal, as I got on the moving sidewalk, as I distractly missed the end of the moving sidewalk, tumbled, fell to the ground sending my kindle skidding across the floor, and ended up with a bruise on my chin. In all my travels, with all the books I’ve read, that’s never happened to me before.

I’m not quite sure what it is…but there’s something about this book that made me just want to embrace it. It could be that I just really enjoy LB Gregg’s writing (true). Or it could be that I’m a sucker for childhood friends/second chance romances (true). Or it could be that small town stories always win me over (true). Or it could be that Buck, the local good guy taking care of his teenaged brother on his own having sacrificed everything to keep his family stole my heart (true). Or it could be that Ari’s devotion to Buck after all these years would not let me go (true).

Ahhhh…yes. All the reasons. So many reasons to love this book. And I did.

I wasn’t sold on reading the Backwater Bay series. I’m really not a fan of movie-star books. But Ari’s job as a big-shot-Hollywood-actor barely made a dent in this story. And for that, I’m thankful. The focus was mostly on Buck and his coming to grips with loss, regret, and eventually love. I wish so badly that this book was longer and we could get just a bit more detail on all the characters and a LOT more detail on the development of Buck’s and Ari’s relationship. I mean…what happens next? Huh?

If you can get past a slightly rushed story and a fairly abrupt ending…I think you’ll find the rest really fun to read and though not entirely original, entertaining nonetheless. For me, the writing helps this stand out a bit from the crowd and I really enjoyed it.




22468722Title: There’s Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #3)
Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Riptide
Pages: 95
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide

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