Garrett Sullivan’s heart was broken when he learned that the man he was secretly in love with, his best friend, Akio, was head over heels for someone else. Romance writer by trade, starry-eyed dreamer by design, Garrett leaves Chicago to mend his broken heart. After months of wallowing in his own misery, Garrett barely recognizes himself anymore. With only two weeks until he has to return home, he sets off for the beautiful island of Maui, hoping the sand, sea and sun will help him pull himself together.
Dean Wilder has worked very hard to become a household name and for his roles as a leading man in the biggest action films to grace the big screen. Considered one of Hollywood’s sexiest bachelors, Dean has had a string of meaningless relationships. The only thing his past partners have taken seriously are his fame, his fortune and the status they gain by being his plus one. Fed up with playing unfulfilling characters, frustrated and tired of being alone, he longs for serious film roles and a meaningful relationship. Desperate for a break, Dean sets off for his vacation home along a private stretch of beach in Maui.
Sparks fly when Garrett and Dean see each other for the first time, and after a wild night of passion, they agree to spend their vacations together, exploring the island and each other. But what begins as a bit of harmless fun soon turns into so much more than either man bargained for, and they must face some difficult decisions; about their lives, their careers and their hearts.
Everyone has secrets. Things about themselves they keep hidden out of shame or fear. Some secrets are so painful, so loathsome that leaving them in the past is the only way to move forward. But there’s one universal truth…secrets always have a way of coming out.
Outwardly, I look like a guy who has it all. I live in one of the greatest cities in the world, run my own successful tattoo shop, and have an amazing group of friends I can count on for anything. But even they don’t know my deepest, darkest secret. No one does and I plan on keeping it that way. That is until Maksim Benenati walks into my life.
Maks was supposed to be a simple one and done, the only thing I’ve ever allowed myself. But things become more complicated when he suddenly shows up at my shop looking as tall, dark, and stunningly gorgeous as the night we met. Just like that night, he’s sexy and charming, but he’s also stubborn and extremely determined when there’s something he wants. And what he wants, is me.
Little by little, Maks begins wearing me down until what started out as a random hookup turns into so much more. After years of keeping everyone at arm’s length, I find myself in danger of losing my heart for the very first time. But will love be enough to hold us together when my secret is finally revealed?