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Isabel meets Derek at exactly the wrong time... or is it exactly right? A slow burn, hurt-comfort bisexual romance.
Freelance editor Isabel needs a refund on this sucky year. Her blackmailing ex-boyfriend is threatening to tell her bigoted family she's bisexual, and she's running on fumes trying to meet his demands. Sadly, she hasn't invented time travel to un-make the mistake of trusting her ex that created this mess.
Derek is an out bisexual man with his own history of family rejection. These days he has a successful business and a caring queer found family, but his personal life stalled after a breakup from his long-time boyfriend. Living alone is getting stale, but will dating just prove he's too dull to interest anyone? Maybe he should get a dog instead.
When they connect by sheer chance, Isabel discovers that Derek's so-called boring life is the calm harbor she needs, complete with moral support and pancakes. For Derek, Isabel's growing affection and genuine interest in his hobbies help him see himself in a new light. As mutual tenderness turns into attraction, Isabel can't believe this gorgeous, gentle man could want to be part of the disaster she's made of her life. Even if he did, she can't trust anyone with her secrets.
But as their connection deepens, Isabel will have to choose: risk it all by taking the helping hand Derek's offering and also confessing her feelings, or give in to her ex's extortion and keep her family's love.
A high-heat contemporary queer M/F romance novel with a guaranteed HEA.
Tropes: found family, age gap / May-December romance, kind and protective hero, angst but soft, hurt-comfort, slow burn.
Detailed content warnings are available in the book's front matter and on the author's website.