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Starstruck by L.A. Witt

If you’re looking for some great sexual tension buildup – this is a great book for you!!


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 costar.

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 was pretty excited when I saw this book on NetGalley. It’s rare these days that I get to read an LGBT romance, and L.A. Witt’s writing has always been recommended.

It’s hard, I imagine, breaking out of society’s mold. And that’s what one of the characters, Levi Pritchard, is longing to do. He’s a very successful Hollywood action films actor that has taken a step back to escape the LA insanity. Living in a quiet town in WA, he’s offered a role of a lifetime in a hit TV show.

I forgot to mention Levi is very deep inside the closet, right? And then we have Carter, the leading actor, openly gay, who isn’t too keen on being his dirty little secret.

There are many factors going into Levi’s refusal to come out. And almost each and every one of them isn’t justified in Carter’s eyes. But his many common interests with Levi are making it very difficult to stay away.

This could easily get a higher rating it were slightly more developed. I’d have loved to get more drama towards then end, some more involvement of the studio, fans putting their weight on how things roll… It would have given the plot some more depth and emotion.

The buildup is insane. The sexual tension is phenomenal. The writing is great. The story as a whole, while not very original, is very, very appealing. Who doesn’t love a good romance where reality and social conformity is forcing people apart.

My rating: 3.5star

* Thank you Riptide Publishing via NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who, after three years in Okinawa, Japan, has recently relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a three-headed clairvoyant parakeet named Fred. There is some speculation that this move was not actually because of her husband’s military orders, but to help L. A. close in on her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who has also recently transferred to Omaha. So, don’t anyone tell Lauren. She’s not getting away this time…

Visit her website at or chat with her on twitter.



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