Ren Cross is about to celebrate her twenty-sixth birthday, except as far as she can see, there's nothing to be happy about. In fact, she's still grieving her dad's recent death, the end of her very short marriage, and to top it all off, she had to move out of her dream house, into an apartment where she's living alone, again, and she's unemployed. At least she's got her friends, who have become more like family, to support her through the heartache. Ren meets English professor, Abe Hines, at the local university when she's there for a job interview. Her interview already tanked, she bumps into Abe who orders her to get him coffee and meet him in his office. Clearly a case of mistaken identity, Ren is intrigued by Abe's salt and pepper hair, his dark eyes, and his sexy voice, so she fetches his coffee and engages in an amusing debate about major American writers. When she admits to him that she isn't his new assistant and leaves the university with only his happy birthday wish, she assumes that's the last she'll see of him. Except she goes back the next day to visit the education department and peruse the bulletin board there, desperate for even a part-time tutoring position. Instead of a job, she finds Abe Hines again. When he invites her to lunch, she decides to push her grief and insecurities aside for the afternoon and enjoy lunch with the good-looking professor. Lunch quickly becomes something more, though Ren isn't sure exactly how to define what blossoms between her and Abe. Her ex-husband still calls now and then, and though she's ready to move on, Ren can't help but wonder if her marriage ended because he wanted to cheat or because she pushed him away. Her mom wants her back with her ex. Her friends are pushing her into a commitment with Abe. Ren just wants to know what the future with Abe Hines will hold.