No Small Parts, by Ally Blue
Series: A Bluewater Bay Story
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Nat Horn is almost living the dream. His part as a werewolf extra on the hit show Wolf’s Landing has somehow turned into a regular role. Beautiful rising star Solari Praveen has taken an interest in him. He’s even making enough money to think about getting out of Bluewater Bay someday. Except his retired dad’s dependence on pain medications seems to be getting worse, and Nat’s the only one around to take care of him.
When Nat learns that Solari’s interest isn’t romantic, his disappointment is surprisingly short-lived, because in getting to know her, he also got to know her assistant, Rafael. And Rafael turns out to be the kind of friend—and potential boyfriend—Nat never dared to dream about.
Distracted by his astonishing new life, new friends, and new possibilities, Nat lets his guard down, and suddenly his life goes careening out of control. Racked by guilt, he tries to push his new friends away, but the bonds he’s formed are already too strong. In fact, they’re strong enough to pull him forward, into the future he’s been longing for—but to get there, he’ll have to let go of the past.
Friends to Lovers
I finished reading this book at the start of a time filled with loss. A space hero has just passed on, an accomplished musician, and the mother of a friend. All of these real situations, added to parts of this book, made it really hard to read. It’s really good, too. Just hard.
While a lot of the book is mild angst, sweet romance, and bits of fun on-set happenings, a big part of the story really centers around the troubles Nat is having with his father, his sister, family, and the ever present feelings of guilt. Guilt over not doing enough to help out, and guilt over feeling like he deserves a life of his own that’s not filled with taking care of dad. The light, sweet romance was just that. I enjoyed that aspect of the book a lot. Friends to lovers, crushes turning into friends… it’s all very nice. But the tough stuff took over the rest of the story for me. It overshadowed all the other things happening with Raphael, and Solari.
The feelings were crushing and difficult, sad and devastating. Not that I didn’t enjoy reading it, because I did. There are just a couple really heated and hard moments, all intensified by the feelings of grief and loss and heartache for my friend I had going on at the time. So this really hit close to home. It brings up memories of losing people in my life. I guess what was at first a nice book that I sort of felt like I could relate to, became something more. It became personal. Maybe if I was not so emotionally compromised at the time, I’d have had more happy feelings, but alas… I know they are there, I remember them. I just don’t feel them.
Ally Blue is acknowledged by the world at large (or at least by her heroes, who tend to suffer a lot) as the Popess of Gay Angst. She has a great big suggestively-shaped hat and rides in a bullet-proof Plexiglas bubble in Christmas parades. Her harem of manwhores does double duty as bodyguards and inspirational entertainment. Her favorite band is Radiohead, her favorite color is lime green and her favorite way to waste a perfectly good Saturday is to watch all three extended version LOTR movies in a row. Her ultimate dream is to one day ditch the evil day job and support the family on manlove alone. She is not a hippie or a brain surgeon, no matter what her kids’ friends say.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.