Book Reviews

There's Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay 2) by LB Gregg at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 10-November-2014

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

First love is a powerful force. I, for one, have never forgotten that heart-pounding excitement, those initial stirrings of desire, the butterflies in the stomach. Most of us, as we change and mature, move on from our childhood romances. However, in this sexy novella by L.B. Gregg, the heroes meet their soul mate when they're barely old enough to understand the concept, their feelings growing stronger and more intense over time.

Moments after encountering Ari Valentine in the school playground, Buck Ellis fell in love. Where Buck was shy, finding it difficult to make friends, Ari was confident and full of boundless energy. Throughout their teenage years, the two were inseparable, and Buck suffered the agony of wanting his straight best friend while having to watch him date an endless stream of girls. Then, as he prepared to leave for college on a scholarship, Buck's mother died, and, just when he needed him most, Ari ran away without saying goodbye.

At twenty-three, Buck is working a dead-end job in a coffee shop and doing his best to keep his younger brother out of trouble, when Ari returns to Bluewater Bay. Yet, Ari is no longer a skinny kid with an inability to sit still. He's gorgeous and self-assured and starring in Wolf's Landing, the cult television series which is the small town's one claim to fame. A single glance is all it takes for Buck to know five years have done nothing to alter his feelings. But Ari isn't gay, and even if he were, can Buck really put the past behind him and let Ari back into his life?

In addition to being brilliantly written, 'There's Something About Ari' is sensual and sweet, and I finished it in a couple of sittings. I only wish it could have been longer, allowing me to spend more time with these wonderful young men. Though polar opposites, Buck and Ari are equally strong characters in their own way, and the connection between them, sexual as well as emotional, is evident in their every interaction. I truly loved this story, and am looking forward to reading more from this author and from the Bluewater Bay universe.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 107 pages/27600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-November-2014
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $13.98 bundle
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