Review: Starstruck by L.A. Witt

 Series: Bluewater Bay (book 1), Standalone

Genre: LGBT (m/m, bisexual character), Romance

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: Looks like a movie poster

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: mentioned suicide attempt

Description: 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: This book is a special treat for fans of old movies and film noir.

I’m no fan of these movies (there are some I like), but I didn’t need any knowledge about them to follow Levi and Carter’s dialogs. And there are a lot of them about movies. Not that surprising considering they are both actors.

Surprising was how easy everything in their relationship was. Too easy and a little bit boring. Don’t get me wrong, they fit together and it was not bad, just… you know. Could have been more drama. There is some, but it was rather shallow and didn’t get that much attention. More attention lies on their friendship, which I enjoyed very much.

I enjoyed Levi’s cats even more (I’m a sucker for pets).

After reading this novel I’m really interested in tv series Wolf’s Landing. Too bad it’s not real.

 

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