Rating: 5 stars out of 5 ★★★★★
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.
I loved this story. Levi has spent so much of his life denying who he is to the world he doesn’t know how to change it. When he meets Carter it gets harder and harder to deny what he desires. Carter’s teenage fantasy was to be with Levi, when he gets to meet him in person it just solidifies his feelings. As they become friends, determined to keep their desires separate, they can’t help but fall in love.
This story is told from both Levi and Carter’s points of view, which really helps understand the characters and what they are going through. Levi is constantly fighting with what he wants and what he should do to make his family happy. Carter loves his friendship with Levi, but won’t deny himself for anyone.
Nick Russo did a wonderful job narrating this story. I could feel the characters emotions in how he spoke and their different voices helped me keep up with what was going on easier.
Cover art by L.C. Chase is perfect for this story.
Audiobook, 7 hrs 1 min
Published: April 26, 2016 (ebook first published November 3, 2014)
Edition Language: English
Series: Bluewater Bay