“It was his heart, his soul, bonded with two people who loved him as he loved them.”
In a word: Read the thing. Oh, this one hurt. This one basically came in, beat the shit out of my emotions, and then left. It’s probably good that this was so short because I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to get through it had it been a full-length novel (it’s only about 30 pages long). Lights! Camera! Cupid! is meant to be an anthology of Valentine’s Day stories, and this one doesn’t mention the holiday at all. Though it is about love, which is probably the main point. This story has quite a bit going on for being so short, and on top of that it takes place both in the present day and in flashbacks. The main character is Nascha, who we learn is elderly and suffers from Alzheimer’s. He’s currently living with his two great-nephews, and has been for years, but the situation is becoming desperate and something needs to change if everyone is to make it out in one piece. This all comes to a head on one particular day while Nascha is taking after his sick great-nephew Cal. The present story takes place over the course of a few hours while Nascha is watching over a sleeping Cal, but the main bulk of the story – and where all the actual feels are – are told through Nascha’s flashbacks. Nascha is alone now, but when he was younger he was in a relationship with Rawlins and Kitty, who were basically the loves of his life. Their love for each other was a beautiful thing, but things happened that got in the way of everything and eventually there was a spectacular breakdown. There’s a hopeful note for Nascha at the end, but the road to get there was full of both happiness and sadness and good and awful things. Nascha’s story is a very emotional one, and very much worth the read. We don’t find out how Nascha plans to save himself and his family at the end, but we might find out later because Cal is actually one of the leads of the eighth book in the series (The Deep of the Sound, by the same author) and that means that there’s a chance for both him and Nascha to get their happy endings.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.
Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.
In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.
Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.
Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.