For Tate Nilsson, joining the Marines after graduating high school was supposed to have been the culmination of his childhood ambitions. He hadn’t intended to meet a quiet, bespectacled boy the summer before shipping off. He certainly hadn’t intended to fall in love. But he did. Then he shipped off anyway.
Seven years later, when Tate’s mother becomes ill and ultimately passes away, Tate finds himself back home in Texas, at a loss for how things in his life have gone so sideways. A friend with a security company hires and trains him to be a bodyguard, and he soon lands his first contract…protecting the bisexual son of Ron Green, the minister of Dallas’ largest conservative church.
Except Green’s son isn’t just any preacher’s kid. He’s the boy Tate had once loved, seven summers ago. And Tate does not make a good second impression.
Noah Green is in danger, and Tate is determined to protect him, despite Noah believing he’s perfectly fine. By the time the two men manage to sort through Tate’s overbearing reintroduction, Noah’s life is actively being threatened, but saving Noah is just the first step. The second step? Tate has to find a way to save himself.