Daniel is driving home from a job interview when he's in an accident due to the snow. He's rescued by Rex who is a quite and somewhat isolated man. Daniel is immediately attracted to Rex but the timing isn't right. Later, when Daniel moves to Holiday the men begin a friendship and then progress to more.
The process isn't an easy one though because both men have their demons.
What a beautifully written gem this was. The story is something we've seen before.....two broken, damaged boys learning to love each other, but this author's storytelling style was unique and it spoke to me in many ways. There was something so melodic about it. I had a hard time putting this book down. When the two men are drawn to each other a slow burn love story follows. I loved both of the MC's. I could relate to Daniel on a personal level and Rex....well everyone should have their own Rex. The side characters were also really entertaining and the author sets up two possible other couples. Both of which I'm dying to see. I've read this is the first book by this author which makes her writing even more amazing in my opinion. She is definitely someone to watch out for in this genre. This story has a bit of everything. A beautiful love story, some funny parts, a little angst and some smoking hot sex scenes. Fans of hurt/comfort stories, this is a must read.
Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.