Review: Starstruck by LA Witt

Starstruck by LA Witt
Series: Bluewater Bay (# 1)
Release Date: November 3, 2014
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Pages: 254
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 


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.

 

Review:  I’m a very eclectic reader, and one genre that can hold my attention is the LGBT. So, when I was able to request this particular book for review, I was excited. The premise sounded awesome to me. However, when I sat down to read it, I was sadly disappointed. The plot seemed to drag and the characters really didn’t grip me like I had hoped they would.

Levi and Carter’s characters seemed forced to me. Generally, a character will wrap his or herself around my heart and not let go til the end. These two fell short of the gripping and left me struggling to focus on the story line. I really wanted to love them, to become a part of them and their unfolding story, but sadly, it was too forced to hold me and I found myself often walking away from the story to refresh.

The story line was one that should have helped to capture me, and it did not. Each page turn, left me with a feeling of fakeness. The secrets in the story shouldn’t have been secrets. I really wanted be completely gripped by the entire story, instead, I was put to sleep with the first chapter, and it didn’t much improve.

Do I personally recommend this book? Sure. I always say that a book isn’t for everyone, and this one, just was not for me. But, that doesn’t mean that someone who loves the LGBT genre won’t become so lost among the story that it becomes them and falls in love with it, the characters and the author. Does that mean I won’t ever read a book by this author again? Absolutely not. I would love to give another book by her a try!

 

MollySig