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.
First, how in the heck is this the first book I’ve read by Ally Blue? An author who can put her characters through as much as Nat was put through in No Small Parts really should have landed on my reading radar before now.
So yeah, Nat was put through a lot in No Small Parts. Nat’s dad was totally dependent on him, but he was so spiteful that it made what Nat sacrificed for him even more painful. His sister could have helped out, but she was pretty useless. He wasn’t used to depending on anyone else, so when things got even worse, he let his guilt keep him from leaning on anyone. Turns out that there’s nothing wrong with leaning on someone, even if it’s just for moral support. Which turned Rafael into a true hero in No Small Parts by just being there for Nat.
There was so much to love about this story, even with all the pain. Obviously Rafael, but Solari was great too and she had her own crap going on – which I hope gets resolved in a future installment in the Bluewater Bay series (hint, hint 😉 ) There were cameos from previous characters, but No Small Parts could easily be read as a standalone from the rest of the series. The individual authors do a great job of tying the stories together loosely though and there have been few in the series that I wouldn’t recommend, so of course I’m going to tell you to read them all 😉