No Small Parts, Ally Blue
No Small Parts, Ally Blue
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
I love the Bluewater Bay series, we’re on to book 16 now, and unlike some other long running series it still feels fresh and original.
I think maybe that’s because so many different authors are involved, each bringing their own style and yet still retaining core standards for the characters. So for example Anna in this book is just the same kind of person we know from meeting her in earlier books, she still acts and feels like the Anna we’ve come to know.
This time we’ve Nat, a BB inhabitant who’s got work as an extra. He’s got some talent and soon catches director Anna’s eye for that – he also catches Raphael’s eye too – he’s assistant to Solari, one of the main cast, and Nat is attracted to Solari not knowing that she’s already in a relationship. Confused??
Solari sees something in Nat though, and they become good friends, and that brings him into Raphael’s orbit where he realises that he returns Raphael’s interest.
Poor Nat though has problems. He lives with and looks after his dad, who’s addicted to his pain meds, keeps taking too many. That’s causing him issues, and means he gets confused and is in danger when alone.
Nat’s sister isn’t interested in helping, nor is his uncle. His dad wasn’t a very nice man to either of them, and they leave poor Nat to cope.
Its tough on him though, and he feels very alone when we first meet him. Added to that his dad knows he’s Bi, doesn’t like it when he’s involved with a man, and can’t see why he can’t just choose a woman to have a relationship with. Weird isn’t it how people think attraction and love can be choices….
Nat loves his acting break, and when his talent is recognised he’s so happy. The extra money will come in useful too, he’s supporting his dad and has been working additional jobs to pay for meds and sitters etc.
Once he gets involved with Raphael he feels so much better, someone to love, to talk to, to be with, and they’re both excited about his possible opening career wise. He’s such a sweet man, so loving, so hard working and determined to support his dad even though he isn’t helping himself. Nat keeps thinking of the man he was when he was a kid and his mum was still alive, and hoping he’ll return. His dad’s problems aren’t going to get better though and mean he’s tied to the Bay, and he knows that Raphael will return to Hollywood at some point 😦
Raphael’s a lovely man too, very devoted to his career but in an honest way. He wants to get into directing but he’s not afraid of the hard work it’ll take.
When he meets Nat and they get closer both of them don’t think too far ahead, but its wonderful watching them fall for each other, seeing them grow closer, have the support of each other.
Just when everything is going well it all goes wrong, and I so felt for Nat, he’s so full of guilt and I hated the way he just couldn’t see into a positive future, the way he was so gutted at what had happened that he wouldn’t let himself be happy, wouldn’t move forward. Raphael was trying so hard to help him, but ultimately only he could make the decision about what to do.
Stars: Four, a lovely story, back in the Bay with some old characters and new ones.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher