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No Small Parts

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No Small Parts

A Bluewater Bay Novel
by Ally Blue

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.

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.

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    Chapter One

    "Nat. Wake up."

    Nathaniel brushed a vague hand at whatever dream person was bugging him. "Go ;way."

    "You're already late. You have to get up."

    Wait. He knew that voice. Low, scratchy, nervous.

    So. Not a dream.

    Odds were he wasn't actually late, but he couldn't avoid dealing with his dad when he got insistent.

    Nat forced himself upright, hauled his eyelids open, and squinted at the ancient clock radio on his bedside table. The skull sticker he'd stuck on the table's peeling paint in high school glared back at him with its one remaining eye socket. "Christ, Dad. It's only seven thirty in the morning."

    "You said you had to be on set at six thirty. You're an hour late already." Jerome Horn nudged Nat's chest with a thin, trembling finger. "They're going to fire you, and then where will we be?"

    "I have to be there at 6:30 p.m. It's a night shoot. Like last night. Remember? I didn't get home till three in the morning? Which was four and a half hours ago?"

    Realization dawned on his father's face, followed by a flood of guilt, and Nat wished he'd kept his mouth shut. He knew his dad had a hard time remembering his Wolf's Landing shooting schedule, in spite of the paper stuck on the rust-spotted fridge with Wolf's Landing magnets. Hell, Nat had trouble himself sometimes. He'd worked nights before. But his part-time werewolf gig on Bluewater Bay's wildly popular TV series had him going from indoor daytime set shoots to midnight forest shoots and back again. It was crazy and sometimes exhausting.

    Worth it, he thought, picturing the barely controlled chaos that somehow created weekly magic.

    The money was nothing to sneeze at either, considering the sporadic nature of the work and how little other income he had.

    Nat's father edged toward the door. "Sorry. You go on back to sleep."

    God, he wanted to, but.... "What're you gonna do?"

    "Me? Oh, don't worry about your old dad. I'll keep myself occupied."

    Last time his dad said that, Nat had found him curled up in agony on the hall floor, where he'd fallen after getting a bad muscle spasm while trying to fix the broken hinge on his bedroom door. No way was Nat letting that happen again.

    "Naw, I think I'm gonna get up and make breakfast." Nat kicked the covers aside, stood, and stretched. "You want some scrambled eggs?"

    "I'm not really hungry."

    "C'mon, Dad. You know you can't take your Flexeril on an empty stomach." Nat glanced sideways at his father as they left the bedroom and started across the squeaky old floor to the kitchen. Food or no food didn't really matter with Flexeril, but sometimes this was the only way Nat could get his dad to eat. The logging accident four years ago had robbed him of his appetite as well as his health. "I can make pancakes if you'd rather have that."

    A rare spark of interest lit the elder Horn's eyes. "I do love pancakes."

    "I know." Nat rubbed a hand between his father's shoulder blades. Gently, so the touch wouldn't trigger any of the muscle spasms that had plagued him since the accident. "Go lie down on the couch. I'll bring you your pancakes on the TV tray, okay?"

    "All right." His dad smiled. "Thanks, son."

    "Sure."

    His father shuffled off to the sagging old sofa, and Nat went to the kitchen to gather supplies for a pancake breakfast. He got out the eggs, milk, and pancake mix, found a bowl in the top cabinet, then wrestled the pancake turner out of the drawer that wouldn't ever stay on track. Jesus, this kitchen was falling apart. Probably because it was older than him and his dad put...

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    November 7, 2016
    A romance that’s about friendship as much as love is sure to charm readers in the sweet 16th standalone contemporary set in Bluewater Bay, Wash. (after Bluewater Blues). Nathaniel “Wolfman” Horn is stretched thin by working a fishing boat with his uncle; taking care of his injured, pill-addicted father; and holding down a small role in his hometown’s one economic bright spot: the popular TV show Wolf’s Landing. Rafael “Hollywood” Cortez is determined to become a top film director and knows that Nat is the perfect lead for his indie film project. The sweet, sensitive chemistry between the two blossoms as they navigate the early days of their relationship, struggling to juggle the future’s uncertainty and Nat’s natural reticence. Even as they both find rewarding success and opportunity in their careers, Nat must contend with the reality of his father’s illness and refusal to accept that bisexual Nat has chosen to pursue love with a man. Delivered with a light touch and a few sultry sex scenes, this is sure to be a soothing escape for fans of the genre.

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