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Excerpt from Starstruck:
(Carter and Levi are still just friends. Levi is directing a play at the local playhouse, and after rehearsal, is alone on the stage with Carter. He’s trying to figure out how to redo the sets for the upcoming production.)
Levi tried to go through the various sets in his mind, mentally cutting out the silhouettes they’d need, but who was he kidding? His concentration was shot. Had been since the second he’d realized Carter was here.
He had all day tomorrow to figure this crap out, so he jotted a quick note on his clipboard. “Okay. I think I’m just about ready to get out of here. Let me leave these where the crew will find them.” He headed toward the front and center of the stage, where he and Jack often left each other notes and information.
Behind him, Carter said, “So, uh, there’s another article making the rounds on the set.”
“Another—” Levi froze. He swallowed as he laid the clipboard on the lip of the stage. “What are they saying?”
Carter rolled his eyes. “Someone saw me having lunch with Hunter Easton the other day, and they spent half the article speculating about what you thought of me hanging around with him.”
“Seriously? They spot us walking together once, and suddenly I’m Mr. Territorial Boyfriend?”
“You know how it is.” Carter shrugged. “If you’re snapped in the same frame, you might as well be engaged.”
“Yeah, that sounds about right. So what is everyone on the set saying about it?”
“Eh, just gossip.” Carter waved a hand and laughed, though it sounded forced. “I mean, people can talk all they want. Two guys can be friends, right? Even if one’s gay?”
“Of course. Why not?”
Carter studied him for a moment. “Only one of us is gay, right?”
Levi froze. Standing there, center stage and under the hot lamps, where only one person in the universe could see him, he had never felt so out in the open. It wasn’t just the overhead glare heating his skin right then. The whole world had sometimes stared into the fishbowl Hollywood had dropped him in, but he’d been able to shut them out. Carter’s gentle scrutiny was inescapable.
“Uh . . .”
“You don’t have to answer.” Carter offered a reassuring smile. “I mean, I’m curious, but . . .”
Out of habit, Levi normally would’ve looked around, making absolutely sure there was no one else here except for them, but he couldn’t pull his gaze away from Carter. He didn’t want to, no matter how damning this relentless eye contact might be.
A board creaked under Carter’s foot. The space between them narrowed. Levi needed to move closer as much as he needed to retreat, and both canceled each other out, freezing him in place.
“I’m sorry,” Carter said softly. “I didn’t mean to put you on the spot. I’m just . . .”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
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.