Cameron Rheingold is the kind of guy who takes a book to a bar. He's a loner by nature, but he has to engage with the community to keep his movie theater business afloat. When two young men stay after a Cary Grant film to chat, Cameron thinks he might have made some new friends—but their interest is more than friendly.
Josh is charismatic, and every smile is a little bit seductive. Keith is sweet and kind, with a core of steel Cameron can sense even when Keith's on his knees. Cameron is willing to be the couple's kinky third, but that's it. He refuses to risk complicating things with his growing devotion, even if being with Josh and Keith feels more right than anything else ever has.
When the three of them are attacked by the killer roaming La Vista, Cameron must decide what's more important: pretending the assault never happened and he's the same loner he used to be, or coming clean to Josh and Keith about how much he loves them, even if they can never return his feelings.
Love, BDSM, films, and murder take center stage in this moving and suspenseful erotic romance, the fourth in Ripper's Queers of La Vista contemporary series (after The Queer and the Restless). Cameron Rheingold runs an independent movie theater in present-day fictional La Vista, Calif. Though he's part of the local LGBTQ community, he largely keeps to the fringes until he meets Josh and Keith, who have just opened a queer-youth center in town and who begin to show a romantic interest in Cameron. Meanwhile, a serial murderer, whose attacks began in the previous books, continues to target the local queer population. As Cameron tries to determine how he fits into Josh and Keith's romantic and business partnership, the diverse and thoughtfully crafted community struggles to find comfort and safety. The various plot threads are expertly woven together, with particularly strong attention given to establishing healthy kink relationships and to the effects of post-traumatic stress. Erotic-romance readers and series fans will be thrilled by this sweet and often intense exploration.