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Summary

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.

©2014 L.A. Witt (P)2016 Riptide Publishing

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 16-05-16

Love Nick's narration, so-so story

In this case, the blurb pretty much sets the scene for us perfectly. Carter – young, out and proud – crushing on older “B” level actor and very closeted – Levi. They share many common interests including indy films and become fast friends. We see this friendship develop SLOWLY over many pages. Everything about Levi is perfect for Carter and he PINES, but alas, Levi is “straight” so…

Eventually, the 38 year old Levi admits his sexuality to Carter and they begin a relationship in secret. Carter wants more, but Levi fears the loss of his career and family, and chooses those over being open and honest with Carter.

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I am a big LA Witt fan – sometimes she swings and misses. This is one of those. On the one hand I love Levi and Carter and think they’re great characters and great together. It was her pacing that made me nuts. SO MUCH TIME spent on building the friendship then POW they’re together POW they’re apart POW I Love You POW the end. The last 20% went too fast and the first 80% too slowly.

I was particularly annoyed with Levi’s resistance based on his career. He’s not even a main stream actor and this is already being billed as a gay friendly show… to me – at his age – I’d think the relationship would matter more given the inconsistency of Hollywood and the lack of guarantee that he even has a career beyond this show. But… I was very pleased with the ending. It redeemed things for me quite a bit, I just wish there’d been a bit more between building the friendship and then super-drama/resolution at the end.

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Audio

Nick J Russo is just so easy to listen to! He does a great job with both male and female characters – so all the female characters in this story are really well represented. I loved his choice of voices for Eli and Carter and thought the audiobook made this story even better. He even gives the secondary characters unique voices and that really brings this story to life. I think I’d buy anything narrated by Nick – he’s a reliable source of entertainment and his voice is just DELICIOUS! He absolutely elevated my enjoyment of this story and made me rate it higher.

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  • Katie Pizzolato
  • 20-05-16

Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

Story Review:

Ahh this brings back fond memories of why I started reading the Bluewater Bay series. This story was adorable yet had enough angst and emotion to keep it from turning cheesy. I loved Levi and Carter. Their courtship started out so sweet with blushes and nerves, and fluttering tummies. Then things turned annoying when Levi allowed outside influences to force him to hide himself and his feeling for Carter. I hated his parents and the studio and wanted to slap them all. But mostly I wanted to slap Levi for hurting Carter. I almost wanted Carter and his almost hookup to have worked out just to show Levi what was what!

But in the end, I loved the way Levi found his voice and how Carter forgave him. I do wish more of their connection would have been on page, but overall I was happy with this story. I now want to go back and re-read the entire series! Hurry up and release them all on audio so I can binge listen!!!!

Narration Review:

Nick J. Russo’s narration really brought out the best in this story. The cuteness factors were amplified and the angst came through clearly. I felt the emotions and easily connected with his characters. Between my love for this story and the added narration, I listened to this in one sitting because I just could not make myself put this one down!

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  • K.S.
  • 13-06-16

Sweet and cozy

This was a very easy listen - not many complication (and the ones present did not last long so no Real suspence) but if u are in the mood for that, it is a pleasent Way to use your time. Narrator does a good job.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 10-05-16

Lights, Camera, And a Slow Burn Romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Starstruck to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the print edition, but I really enjoyed what having the audio narrator brought to the story. I had no trouble picturing the characters, the situation, or the setting.

What did you like best about this story?

I know it was really slow through the middle when they were just hanging out doing friend stuff and trying to resist the attraction, but it was their friendship that I loved best. Okay, and I got down right excited each time Levi's cats were in the scenes with them.

Have you listened to any of Nick J. Russo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I'm a fan. This wasn't my favorite, but not due to narration. I thought he did well with all the characters. His Finn the producer voice cracked me up. But the more serious parts with the main players struck the right tone and pace, too.

If you could rename Starstruck, what would you call it?

Finding Himself and Finding Happiness

Any additional comments?

First in a series by multiple authors. Like the movie and small town back drop.

Received the book from Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Tom(C)
  • 15-08-16

A Soap Opera

I don't want to come out. You must come out. I don't want to come out you must come out. I don't want to come out. You must come out. I don't want to come out. You must come out. Okay I'll come out.

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 30-10-18

Overall enjoyable with one exception.

Contains a spoiler:

This was over all, an enjoyable M/M love story of two likeable actors where one is “out” as being gay and the other is private or “in the closet” about his sexual preference. They first establish a solid friendship during which you can feel their chemistry and compatibility. Becoming lovers was inevitable and I cheered them on. My one struggle with the story arose from the conflict that separated the lovers temporarily: one gave an ultimatum to the other to come ‘out’ as gay to the public or their relationship couldn’t continue. And this is when their physical relationship was fresh. Despite the reasons given, I found the ultimatum selfish because rather than support his lover through such a transition, he belittled the reasons (strong and valid ones) for privacy. It saddened me that the private character’s hand was ‘forced’ by someone he loved. On the other hand, it could be argued that he needed that ultimatum to force him to find true happiness. So perhaps I'm too judgmental.

I listened on Audible and although the narrator did distinctly different voices for secondary characters, he didn’t have a very different voice for the two main characters. For this reason I struggled to keep up with who was speaking until about chapter 9. After that, the listening was easy as the narrator’s voice was pleasant and his characterisations were good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

fantastic

this story was very well written, the characters were believable and the narration was spot on. I literally could not stop listening. I was consumed from beginning to end. I loved how the romance started out as friendship with a deep connection. It made the the proclaim of love to be realistic. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Christocracy
  • 01-09-17

Saved by the narrator

Kinda boring, and the interchange of being gay vs bi was annoying but at least it was brought up once or twice that there is a difference.

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  • E. hughes
  • 18-08-17

simply love this story

this was a really great story. it showed how age was not an issue and how being friends first really is best. I liked how there was no big explosive scene added in just for effect. yes they had an argument but it was an honest and just argument. this is by far the best story of this series.

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  • Katy Beth
  • 04-06-17

Always Afraid

Levi has spent his whole life hiding and being afraid. But suddenly changes and shakes up his world. Carter cares for Levi but is strong enough to stand up for himself even if it costs a relationship. It was wonderful to see Levi finally come to terms with his life and make choices even if they are a bit late in coming. I was very satisfied by the ending.

Since this is an audio review I also wanted to say how much I enjoyed the narration as well.