Lev is happy enough in Grass Valley, living with his best friend and her husband, working as a barista, and teaching art classes part-time. It’s been four years since a bout with cancer led to an ugly break-up that shook his confidence, but he’s getting by now if feeling a little stuck. Enter Ernie, the gorgeous stranger who arrives in town with a shadowy past and a boatload of issues. Everything in Lev’s head says that Ernie is a bad idea, but everything in his heart wants to reach out to this mysterious man in black with intensity in his eyes.

A former Marine turned mercenary, Ernie has a trail of tragedies behind him that he’s barely begun to deal with, and that’s not to mention the little matter of some corporate espionage in the name of blowing the top off a major international scandal going all the way up to the Pentagon. The last thing Ernie wants to do is involve a sweet guy like Lev in his disaster of a life. 

If only staying away were that easy.

 Bart Healey has been chasing his acting dream around Hollywood for eleven years and all he’s got to show for it is an eviction notice. It wouldn’t be so bad if he only had himself to worry about, but back home in Texas, there’s his sister and his mom who never have enough cash to get by. Bart’s right on the verge of giving up the ghost and moving back home when a chance encounter while delivering groceries to one of Hollywood’s biggest names changes everything.  Bart’s had a crush on former child star, former teen heart-throb, and current studio mogul, Robbie Day, since he was a kid, watching his many tragedies unfold across televisions and tabloids. Robbie Day is driven, funny, charismatic, and ravenous for friendship from his lonely mansion up in Mandeville Canyon. When Bart saves Robbie’s life during a particularly dark night of the soul, Robbie is eternally grateful. Of course, Bart has no choice but to fall in love, even against all his best instincts.   

Bart Healey has been chasing his acting dream around Hollywood for eleven years and all he’s got to show for it is an eviction notice. It wouldn’t be so bad if he only had himself to worry about, but back home in Texas, there’s his sister and his mom who never have enough cash to get by. Bart’s right on the verge of giving up the ghost and moving back home when a chance encounter while delivering groceries to one of Hollywood’s biggest names changes everything.

Bart’s had a crush on former child star, former teen heart-throb, and current studio mogul, Robbie Day, since he was a kid, watching his many tragedies unfold across televisions and tabloids. Robbie Day is driven, funny, charismatic, and ravenous for friendship from his lonely mansion up in Mandeville Canyon. When Bart saves Robbie’s life during a particularly dark night of the soul, Robbie is eternally grateful. Of course, Bart has no choice but to fall in love, even against all his best instincts.