Getting broken wasn’t supposed to fix everything.
Ezra Cook is sole caregiver to older brother Tray, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in his forties. They live outside the small town of Drop, Oregon, on property Tray bought with his Microsoft settlement money. For years, Ezra has been going on and off low doses of testosterone to maintain a comfortable level of androgyny. Ezra spends most days juggling Tray’s care and the work required to survive in rural Oregon on a small income, ignoring their own needs, especially companionship and sleep.
Ellred “Red” Long escaped Drop at seventeen but returns to his hometown in disgrace after his band dumped him on the streets of LA. Coming back doesn't seem like such a dead end, though, after he sees a guy walking along the side of the road in the rain and gives him a lift.
Ezra and Red’s chance meeting begins an uncomfortable friendship neither had expected, and both allow fear to keep it from escalating into a hookup, or worse, a romance. Red never meant to return to Drop and doesn’t want to get stuck there again, while Ezra’s protective walls may be too strong to breach, from either side.
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Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Bisexual, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Non Binary, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Coming Home, Famous / Not Famous, Hurt / Comfort, InstaLove / Love at First Sight, Interracial Relationship, Love Can Heal / Redemption
Word Count: 68000
Setting: Small Town, Oregon
Languages Available: English