Monday, November 10, 2014

There's Something About Ari by L.B. Gregg

Title: There's Something About Ari
Author: L.B. Gregg
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Bluewater Bay #2
Main Characters: Buck and Ari
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I am really, really enjoying this series although this book had a much different feel from the first book (which is to be expected since all the books in the series are written by different authors.)

Buck and Ari were best friends through elementary school and high school, but when high school arrived, things became more difficult between them. For Buck, a lot of that was because he was gay and in love with Ari...something he never told him. But right before high school graduation, Ari disappeared. It coincidentally happened the day Buck's single mother suddenly died, leaving him alone to care for his 5th grade little brother. For Ari, that was the single worst day of his life. 

But now Ari is back in town as a successful actor on Wolf's Landing and moving into the house next door to Buck...something Buck really doesn't know how to handle. Especially since Buck's life has been anything but successful since Ari left. When Ari left, Buck had a full scholarship ride to college that he had to give up to take care of his little brother. He's still working at the same coffee shop that he worked at in high school. Yes, now he's the manager, but it's sure not the same level of success that Ari has achieved. And then there are the feelings...Buck is still in love with Ari and still hasn't come out of the closet. 

It was a good book although it's a very short one. I liked the situation between Buck and Ari. The book is told entirely from Buck's point of view, but it's still easy to see how torn up Ari is...and when I heard the full story of his disappearance it broke my heart. 

Again, I'm really, really enjoying this series. It's just one of those contemporary series with books that make you feel happier for having read them and that's a win/win in my book. I definitely recommend this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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