As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can't remember the last time someone was…nice. It's more than he deserves.
Witnessing his lover's death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern—living in his sister's basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He's not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That's more than he's ready for.
A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra's been running from himself so long he doesn't know how to live any other way. And Donner can't risk his heart just to lose everything again. They'll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.
At a gay bar in Wilmington, Del., where bathroom hookups are the norm, Donner, "the trailer park trash son of a drunk," meets Ezra, the rejected, drifting son of rich parents. Donner enjoys dumpster diving and feeding the homeless, while Ezra is terrified of losing control, addicted to and shamed by his countless easy conquests. The only obvious thing they have in common is two years of walling others out after earlier relationships left them broken. With fluid prose, Arthur (No Such Thing) washes the grit off these two rough characters as they gradually show each other their pain, zest, and hope. Their connection is made through a believable blend of happenstance and discovery, couched in a plot that never gets too complicated or strains for novelty.