Barb, a Zany Old Lady, Review: Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) by L.A. Witt

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Starstruck coverI’ve been “starstruck” by an amazing storyteller named L.A. Witt. The author put together the best and longest slow burn- ust story I’ve ever read, and when the two MCs did finally come together, they exploded in a supernova!

Levi Pritchard, aging (late 30’s), former Hollywood superstar, is known best for his role as Chad Eastwick—an action hero role he despised because it completely stifled his creativity and smothered his acting ability. He also despised the whole Hollywood scene, especially the press vultures who refused to let him live his own life—a gay man deeply closeted who only wanted to be allowed to love his partner Dylan, but instead had to deny him to the world, bringing about their eventual breakup. He’s also the victim of two alcoholic parents who, though now in recovery, are still critical of his life and would never accept him as gay so he can’t find the courage to out himself and force the expected estrangement. In short, Levi is a deeply closeted, frustrated man who is running away from the career he loves and running to the family he hates, rather than being true to himself. When he’s offered a chance for a small role in Wolf’s Landing, the successful show that’s been filming in his town, Bluewater Bay, he’s considering it for two reasons. The first is that his good friend, Anna Maxwell, is the highly esteemed director and the second is Carter Samuels, a young actor who caught Levi’s eye when he first came on the Hollywood scene a few years before.

Carter Samuels is thrilled when he learns that Levi Pritchard, his idol and the man on whom he’s had a secret crush for years, is going to be joining the cast of Wolf’s Landing. In fact, Levi is the reason Carter became an actor. He first fell in love with Levi and Levi’s talent when he was exposed to several indie films in which Levi starred in his early career. Even once he was typecast as Chad Eastwick, Carter saw through the constraints that role placed on Levi to the talent hidden below the surface. Now, to have a chance to work with him, whether it’s for this first “walk on” role, or whether the role becomes ongoing, Carter has all he can do to contain himself.

When the two meet, there’s a definite sexual chemistry, though neither wants to acknowledge it. A chance private encounter brings them together in a kiss that neither can ignore. They do acknowledge that the kiss happened and that it was good, but they make a conscious decision to avoid the entrapments of a relationship. They’ve found that they have a lot in common, including a love of obscure indie films, and want to focus on their friendship because they each accept that Levi is firmly in the closet and not interested in coming out.  Spoiler alert: Continue reading

Changes, Sunday Announcements, and the Schedule Ahead at Scattered Thoughts

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Good morning!  Sun’s out and the day is looking good.  I have several announcements to make today.  Fall is approaching and with it come changes, including changes here at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords!  Here is a few announcements of the first changes to come.

Announcement clip artNew Reviewers!  Things are changing here at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  There are more author interviews being posted, more cover reveals, and more book tours and  contests being offered.  And more book reviews to be read.  With so many books to be covered it soon became apparent that more reviewers were needed here at Scattered Thoughts and now I am pleased to announce that Barb will be coming on board as a new reviewer here.  Her bio and picture will be up on Monday.  Look for her reviews coming up soon!

Also, YA presses are putting forth some wonderful stories.  So to help us cover this large genre, Scattered Thoughts will be adding a YA reviewer too.  That introduction  is coming as well.  What a great time for us and the books we love!

 

updateNow for some winner announcements.  All have been notified.  Congratulations!

  • The winner of Laura Harner’s Separate Ways series is Roger.
  • The winner of Richard Longfellow’s Private Practice is Sula H.
  • Winners for Second Helpings: Lee Todd, who commented, and Lesley Routledge and Debra Edwards were the Rafflecopter winners.

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Now for the upcoming week’s schedule at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords…

Monday, August 18:

  • Cover Reveal:  Will Parkinson’s Wet Paint (contest)
  • Jay Northcote’s Nothing Special Virtual Book Tour (contest)
  • Say Yes to Silvia Violet’s Say Yes Book Tour and Contest!
  • In the Author Spotlight:  Susan Laine and The Wheel Mysteries (contest)

Tuesday, August 19:

  • On Tour with Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry and Bliss (contest)
  • Review:  Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot

Wednesday, August 20:

  • Book Blast:  CJElliot’s Stepping Through Tour and Contest
  • Jackie Nacht’s Wrong Locker Book Tour and Contest
  • Get In on the Action with BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot’s Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming (contest)
  • Review:  Hard Act To Follow by Kimber Vale

Thursday, August 21:

  • Virtual Book Tour: Pivot and Slip by Lilah Suzanne
  • EE Montgomery ‘Ordinary People’ Keep Me In Mind Tour and contest
  • Review:Finding Jackie by Lou Sylvre

Friday, August 22:

  • On Tour with Lou Sylvre and her Vasquez and James Series!
  • Review:  Semper Fae by Angel Martinez

Saturday, August 23:

  • Ashley Ladd’s Business or Pleasure Book Tour/contest
  • Review:  Jackie and John by TJ Klune

Plus if you are a member of Goodreads M/M Romance group, don’t forget to get in on the BIG Anniversary Scavenger Hunt. ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords is participating!  Go here for all the Celebration information and details on the Hunt!  Good luck and happy hunting!