Wanted: One roommate to share a 3-bedroom house, split the rent, and ideally not be the guy I can’t stop thinking about.
I’m a man with too many secrets, so the last thing I need is a new roommate with a sexy smile and blue eyes that see right through me. Eight years ago, Roderick left town after high school. We’re not friends. I owe him nothing. But back then, I let one of my secrets slip, and he’s the only one who noticed.
Part of me knows I should run far, far away. But the other part wants him to come upstairs and spend the night. But if I let him in, I could lose everything.
Seeking: a room to rent in town. I’m tidy, have no pets, and I will feed you homemade bread.
I should probably add: Gay AF, and has no filter. It’s no wonder my new landlord is so wary of me.
A smarter man would ignore those hot glances from Kieran Shipley. The broody lumberjack wants more from me than another fresh-baked pretzel. But if I push my luck, I’ll end up back on the street.
Too bad I’ve never been smart with my heart…
Kieran is conflicted both personally and professionally. He has been tirelessly working two jobs as he tries to save money so that he can rent his own place while helping out at the farm owned by the family where he feels like an outsider. He is embarrassed by how he knows Roderick from high school so having to work with him is a complication he wasn’t prepared for.
Roderick is feeling alone as not everyone is accepting of his lifestyle and when it comes to love he is tired of being the secret that no one wants to talk about. With no money and living in his car he soon finds himself working and sharing accommodations with Kieran as the sparks begin to fly between the grumpy lumberjack and the flamboyant baker.
Roderick is exactly what Kieran needs in his life as he supports him as he tries to make life-changing decisions without pressuring him. The chemistry between them is intense and with the help of the Shipley family they both find the acceptance they both deserve. I listed to an audio copy of this story and the narrators managed to make two captivating characters even better.