“You’re old enough to do it alone. That doesn’t mean you have to.”
Growing up hanging out in his single mom’s diner, Sam Grant never planned to inherit it. But a car accident two weeks after his eighteenth birthday left him no choice but to turn down the taste of freedom and take legal guardianship of his younger brother. Now twenty, Sam’s faking it to hide his scars: his need for routines, the responsibilities cracking him open, and his realization that he can’t be attracted to someone he doesn’t already love. Who would stick around that long?
Dying his first gray hairs pink was Denver Weston’s early-thirties crisis. He’s lived through it all already—cut off by his parents a decade ago, doing what was necessary to survive, moving in with boyfriend after boyfriend. His HIV diagnosis seven years ago was the best thing that’s happened to him. Starting Plus, a HIV charity, has given him a purpose. But Denver can’t bring himself to have his heart broken over and over, so dating has been off the table. Love and acceptance don’t just fall into a guy’s lap, do they?
Denver’s just the guy who always sits in the corner booth and orders the classic breakfast, eggs over easy. Sam’s just the kid who always seems to be working when Denver comes in. It’s one small change: a different breakfast order. But, like dominos, the moment their preconceptions of each other collapse, so do their carefully set-up plans. Can they give in to the attraction that’s been slowly burning them up, or will uncharted territory make them turn tail and run?