Summary: Professor Jesse Ford feels like a failure in both love and life. He's moved home to live over his mother's garage after his previous relationship ended in heartbreak and a minor academic scandal, derailing his career. Tired and disappointed, he holes up to lick his wounds and concentrate on his next book, determined to avoid anything having to do with love or romance.
Jesse starts to change his mind when he meets Templeton, the beautiful and engaging punk rocker working as a short order cook at their small town's popular diner. Templeton, a talented musician, is back in town after escaping from his abusive boyfriend back in Seattle where they had tried to start a band. Encouraged by friends and family, Jesse and Templeton realize they can't fight their mutual attraction.
The two men from very different worlds decide they might have a chance, but they find their tentative romance threatened by the many secrets Templeton is keeping, and Jesse's own bruised heart. When Templeton's dangerous ex shows up, both Templeton and Jesse have to decide whether their fledgling relationship can withstand facing the demons of their pasts.
Review: Jesse Ford was a Professor at Princeton until a scandal sent him home to live with this mother. Jesse seems to have issues. He is always trying to fix his partner and seems to end up in unhealthy relationships. Jesse’s mother is into match making and seems to be set on Jesse and Templeton getting together.
Templeton is a few years younger than Jesse is. He has scrapped by in life making choices not because it is what is best for him but what is easier in the long run.
Templeton has lived in abused relationship so long that its apparent he is having trouble adjusting to normal life and what to expect in a normal life. In addition, Templeton being illiterate is a huge challenge to becoming independent.
My biggest issue with the book is the lack of chemistry between Jesse and Templeton. There was barely a spark between them. Jesse and Templeton both seemed to settle on being together and grow to love each other. I liked that sex was not a bit part of this story and more the relationship building, Templeton and Jesse’s issues.
I found this book is very well written. The overall plot was very believable. The ending was a bit predictable but it was an interesting journey to the end. The book was more about the journey to the end than the end itself. The main and secondary characters were engaging and fascinating. Overall, this was a great book.