Is he the real deal, or just another regret waiting to happen? First on Hayley Christopher's list to get her train-wreck life back on track: stay away from men. Especially the ones who cause a ripple effect of bad decisions. Still reeling from a high-profile divorce, the college dropout and former pro cheerleader is stumbling through yet another challenge?temporary custody of her nephew, Fletcher. No one knows better than Hayley that she's not mother material. When she opens the door to her new landlord and old flame, she wonders just how many more past mistakes she is destined to pay for. After the death of his wife, Ray Braddock is still putting the pieces back together. Hayley?and the silent little boy at her side?both bristle with emotional barriers so high, it appears no one but him can see that together, three broken people just might make a whole family. As she watches Fletcher respond to Ray's patient care, Hayley's determination to hold on to her heart begins to soften. But just when she begins to think that Ray is one opportunity she shouldn't let slip by, Fletcher's gang-connected father threatens to make her pay for the one good choice she ever made? Warning: Touches on issues of death, child abandonment, neglectful parenting. Sensuous love scenes.