1 – Passion
As the owner and CEO of his own company, Robert Bauer has spent the past fifteen years building his business into a multi-million dollar corporation. It’s taken all his time and energy, which hasn’t left much room for a personal life, especially a love life. That’s fine with Robert because he doesn’t believe in the L word anyway. Lately, however, every time he goes to his favorite bar, he can’t keep his eyes and thoughts off Jesse McIntyre, the gorgeous bartender with the soulful blue eyes. Even though Robert’s not looking for a relationship, and tries to shake the attraction, he can’t get the younger man out of his system. There’s just one problem…he believes Jesse’s straight.
Jesse’s been on the run from his old life for the past two and a half years. Even though he slings drinks at a gay bar, he has a hard and fast rule about never hooking up with customers. He’s been down that road before, and though his physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones aren’t so easy to forget. He lets his customers assume he’s straight because it makes it easier to keep his distance. That is until the businessman with the sexy smile starts coming into the bar. Jesse’s drawn to Robert, even though he knows there’s no way a wealthy, powerful man like that would ever be interested in a tattooed, college drop-out bad boy like him. But even if Robert weren’t his opposite, it wouldn’t matter anyway, because Jesse’s determined not to break his rules for anyone.
When fate throws them together, and they find themselves alone for a weekend, the passion that’s silently simmered for months ignites a firestorm that leaves them both shaken. Will it be enough, though, to convince Robert, who’s sworn to never fall in love, that he might be pushing away the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or to force Jesse to face his fears once and for all and learn to trust his heart?
2 – Satisfaction
Although Jesse McIntyre slings drinks in a gay bar, up until recently, he kept to himself and stuck to his hard and fast rule never to hook up with customers. He’d been down that road before and still bore the physical and emotional scars from it. So the last thing he’d wanted was to fall for Robert Bauer, the wealthy businessman with the sexy smile who began frequenting the bar. They were opposites in every way, so Jesse never dreamed Robert, the pressed and polished owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, might be interested in a tattooed, college drop-out bad boy like him. But when fate threw them together for a long weekend, after months of longing from afar they finally gave in to the fierce passion that had been brewing between them. The resulting explosion rocked their worlds.
Now, five months later, though the fire’s still burning sinfully hot between them, the realities of their opposite lifestyles are beginning to take a toll. Robert’s constant business travel weighs heavily on Jesse. When he realizes they’re having more phone sex than real sex, and he’s sleeping alone the majority of the time in spite of the fact he and Robert are supposed to be living together, he begins to worry there’s more behind Robert’s frequent trips than just business. Jesse’s sure Robert’s avoiding him, avoiding them, but his lover’s built up so many protective walls over the years to guard his emotions, Jesse’s finding it tough to get past them and discover why. He loves the man like crazy, and doesn’t doubt Robert loves him, too. But will love be enough to overcome whatever is haunting Robert from his past and heal the rift that’s slowly tearing them apart?