I’m ready to pack my bags and move to Bluewater Bay, Washington! ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
Buck Ellis’s future seems pretty damn bright. With a full college scholarship in hand, he’s going to ditch Bluewater Bay and pave the way for his kid brother Charlie to do the same. The only fly in Buck’s ointment is his ten-year addiction to his best friend since second grade, his true love, and his Achilles heel: Ari Valentine, Mr. Least Likely to Succeed.
But then Buck’s mother dies, changing everything, and five years later, his future is still on hold. It’s a struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads, and Charlie on the straight and narrow. Buck can’t afford any temptation, especially in the form of the newly returned, super hot, super confident, super successful television star Ari Valentine.
ADHD poster-child Ari Valentine left for Hollywood and lost everything, including his bad reputation. Then the breakthrough role of his skyrocketing career lands him back in Bluewater Bay, to the stunned disbelief of, well, everyone. But there’s only one person Ari longs to impress—the only person who ever really mattered to him, the person he left behind: Buck Ellis.
Review copy provided for an honest review
I love second chance stories especially when two people never really got a first chance. There was a sweetness about There’s Something About Ari that was refreshing largely due to the wonderful prologue where the friendship between these two began. Through good times, youthful friendship, teenage angst, heartbreak, and years of separation the feelings between these two never full went away so it’s no wonder that back in the same town and living next door to one another proves to be the catalyst they both need to finally admit their unrequited feelings.
It was really hard not to completely love this book. Ari and Buck were friends since the moment Ari arrived in town and remained friends until he disappeared at age 18 without a trace; 5 years later he’s back in Bluewater Bay with a role in a hit television series. Successful, handsome, and put together Ari is everything Buck isn’t, that Buck didn’t get to be because at age 18 he became the guardian for his younger brother after their mother’s death. Ari has every intention of acting on his feelings for Buck but Buck isn’t willing to set himself up for him leaving again. These two had a lot to work through and in addition they had to learn each other as young adults and not the teens they once were.
Completely engaging, characters you can’t help but love, and a wonderful story of forgiveness and redemption; There’s Something About Ari is the second book in the Bluewater Bay series and has me wanting to pack my bags for to move to this quaint and crazy Washington town.