There’s Something About Ari, (A Bluewater Bay Story), L.B. Gregg
Review from Jeannie Zelos book review
I seem to be coming to the Bluewater Bay books out of order, but as each are standalones so its not a problem. This time we meet one of the TV series stars Ari, and resident Buck. They were best friends at school but then Ari left suddenly, and at the same time Buck became responsible for his younger bother when their remaining parent, their mother, died suddenly. He was just 18 and terrified that Charlie would be taken from him, so he’s worked hard at making a stable, solid home for him, giving up his full scholarship in writing to work in a coffee shop and support them both. He’s 23 now and his perfect ordered, but dull world has been turned upside down by Ari’s return.
These two remind me of Sam and Aaron (Men of Smithfield 5) with Buck being like the solid, responsible Sam, who’s given up his dreams to do the responsible thing, and then gets his life exploded by the irrepressible Aaron. Ari does the same to Buck. Bucks been secretly in love with him since they were teens but never told him he was gay, then Ari left before he had a chance. Since then after a wild year Buck has been whiter that white and concentrated wholly on Charlie. Now it’s five years later, Ari’s back and he just won’t leave him alone, won’t take the cold shoulder Buck gives him, won’t just ignore Buck however hard he tries to shrug him off. Buck is still feeling irritated at the lack of contact, left behind while Ari moved on but he doesn’t know the full story, only that he felt abandoned by his best friend disappearing like that.
Its a shortish read, but I know about Bluewater Bay by now, so much of the background and characters doesn’t need to be covered and we can go straight into the story. It’s a really sensitive read, where we see just how much Buck gave up for Charlie, though he doesn’t regret any of it. Ari too has things he hasn’t told Buck, and they both have things to learn about their perceptions of the past before they can move forward.
Stars: Five from me, an excellent addition to the series.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
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Unbearable Passion (Never Say Never 1) Scarlett Avery
review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I don’t usually read novellas or serials simply because I like a story I can really get lost in, and find novellas too short and series simply frustrating, waiting months – or years even – for the next part. This time though Scarlett has promised all four parts will be published by December 2014, and that’s excellent news. So where I’d usually pass I’ve picked up this one, I love a hot and sexy read and have a weakness for the Billionaire type ( Christian Grey you have a lot to answer for!!).
Anyway Sophia is about to start work as a high class call girl, after losing her last business when a boyfriend conned her…Her first client is Bryce, a billionaire looking for a no strings companion for a social evening, a buffer for him too from all the would be Mrs Van Der Lindens. Of course he likes the extras that come with the service he uses. He’s entranced by Amanda, as he knows Sophia, and floods her with next day flowers and books her for new events quickly. Her boss is very pleased, Bryce is a good client but he’s never behaved like this before. It all has a kind of “Pretty Woman” feel albeit with Sophia being a lot more than a simple street trickster…
Its hot, sexy and erotic, only 78 pages, but packed with heat and fun and …ends just as things seem to be getting interesting with Bryce. I hate that, but fortunately its not long to wait. I’m not sure how the pricing is on this four part series, and I’d still rather read it as one book, but that’s me. I tend to wait til all parts are out when I’m buying, so I can read the story straight through without losing the impetus created. I look forward to reading more of Sophia and Bryce.
Stars: Three and a half – a fun read, but I hate being cut off just when I’ve got into the story. I’m sure I’d rate the series as one whole much higher from what I’ve read so far, and its a promising start. .
ARC supplied by Author.
Erotic romance author Scarlett Avery loves to make women blush
with her sexy scandalous seduction novels. Her novels are a bit
risqué, but if you can’t push the boundaries in a novel, it’s just not that
She lives in New York City with her gorgeous Canadian husband and
they divide their time between the Big Apple and Toronto, Canada.
Scarlett has a serious love affair with Italian gelato, ice cream,
cupcakes and Martinis.
Like most women, she hasn’t met a pair of high heels she didn’t like.
She always wanted to write erotic romance novels, but she never had
the courage to put pen to paper until recently. Once she started writing,
it’s as if she just couldn’t stop and now she finds myself constantly
walking around with new stories floating in her head all the time.
Scarlett writes naughty romance novels because of three reasons:
1. Living on the edge between the covers of a book is so exhilarating.
2. She’s addicted to the feeling of falling in love
3. I’ She’s a sucker for a happy ending!
Title’s ISBN, ISBN9 or ISBN13: 978-0-9938604-0-9
Number of pages: 78
Word count: 22,976