Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It's enough to make a girl cry.
Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne "Joe Mama" Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.
Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she's never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can't help but want more.
With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It's time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.
This contemporary romance gets a big boost from a passionate heroine who's determined to live life on her own terms. Tina Durham is still recovering from being divorced by her wife when she meets Joe Delario, a tattooed beauty. When Joe isn't running the plumbing business she inherited from her father, she coaches the Lake Lovelace Rollergirls roller derby team in Lake Lovelace, Fla. Romance is in the air, but Tina is even more interested in the opportunity to join a fellowship of other women the first group of female friends she'll have made since her gender transition. The budding relationship is centered on respect and mutual passion, but both are strained by Joe's desire to keep their romance a secret while she decides how to tell the team not because Tina's trans, but because Joe doesn't want to be seen playing favorites. Despite this obstacle, fierce attraction keeps drawing them back together. The romance shoots sparks, but it's outshined by Tina's positivity and her refusal to return to any kind of closet.