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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NOVELLA REVIEW: "There's Something About Ari" by L.B. Gregg

There's Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2)
There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg
(Bluewater Bay #2)

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For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary

Riptide Publishing -- Published on November 10, 2014
Ebook, 95 pages
Read in November 2014
Received from Netgalley

THEMES
First Person Narrative

SUMMARY
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.


FIRST LINE
"The cafeteria doors burst open and a stick-thin boy with streaming black hair hit the playground at top speed."

MY THOUGHTS
There's Something About Ari is the second book in the Bluewater Bay collaboration about a small Washington town that becomes a destination spot when a werewolf-themed TV show begins shooting there.  One does not need to read these stories in order.  They are all based around the show and the town in some way, but otherwise have minor connections.

This book focuses on one of the newest actors on Wolf's Landing, Ari Valentine, and his return to Bluewater Bay.  Everything is told from the point of view of Ari's childhood best friend, Buck.  Buck had big dreams of leaving Bluewater Bay, but his mother's death forced him to stay and take care of his younger brother, Charlie.  He always had a crush on the outgoing Ari though he kept his emotions a secret.  When Ari returns, Buck has trouble dealing with these renewed feelings especially when it appears that they might be reciprocated.

Buck and Ari were really interesting characters.  I loved reading about their childhood exploits and how good they were for one another.  It was obvious to me how much they loved each other, but kept things private in fear of being hurt.  It was great to see them get another chance to be happy as a couple.  My main issue was the page length.  I wanted the romance to develop a bit more and possibly get to see Ari's side of things since the entire book was told by Buck.  The writing was engrossing and the characters were easy to get invested in.  I just wanted more!!

I received a free e-galley of this book from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 STARS

STEAM LEVEL
Flush -- Detailed descriptions of lovemaking though nothing overly graphic.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Starstruck
2. There's Something About Ari
3. Hell on Wheels
4. Lone Wolf
5. Burnt Toast B&B (Coming 2015)

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