After an accident left him broken in body and spirit, Charlie Howard retired from the police force to teach at a community college. Life has taught him that he’s unlikely to get what he wants, so he’s stopped asking. Instead, he hides from the world in the apartment complex he manages. After all, no one can leave him if he doesn’t let anyone in.
Will, a sexy, classic-film-loving twink, moves into the apartment across from him and—to Charlie’s surprise—makes it clear that he’d like nothing more than to hole up with Charlie and get kinky. Will has no problem expressing what he wants in bed or out of it, but he’s never dated anyone long-term, and Charlie isn’t sure Will’s ready for anything serious.
Charlie is a serious kind of guy. He wants Will and everything a relationship could mean, even if he doesn’t have any experience in that scene—even if that makes him vulnerable. As they grow closer, Charlie realizes that it’s time to start asking for what he wants, and if he wants to be happy, he’ll have to risk everything and ask Will to stay.
This was an interesting, albeit at times frustrating read, mostly due to the writing style and Charlie, the main character.
Charlie is a former police officer in his late thirties, who had to retire from his job after a car accident that left him with scars and a limp. He's forever fielding calls from his four younger sisters and his abuela (grandmother), trying to convince them that he's fine and that his status of man of the house is not affected. Even though he secretly doesn't want to be the man of the house. He's taking a job that uses his criminal justice degree and is now a teacher at the local community college.