Brent, a former ballet dancer from New York City, is in town to attend his sister's wedding. Rural Holmstead County is a far cry from the "clubs, coffee houses, book stores, chic little storefronts crammed with modern design" (p.1), but it's where Brent grew up. And it's where he happens upon Nick.
Nick is a handsome, extremely well-built stonemason engaged to marry an Irish immigrant. She seeks citizenship, not love. He's not interested in a relationship anyway. After being badly burned in his last relationships with a man named Alex, Nick "buried his dream of finding an equal. A partner. He became disciplined. Trained his body. Trained his mind. He declared he would never fall in love" (p. 11). He's become practical and rather jaded.
But of course, upon meeting one another, sparks fly-even if Nick is repulsed by Brent at first and won't admit it the attraction. He doesn't see Brent as someone worthy of a relationship and figures him for the "wham-bam-thank-you-man" type. And besides, Nick is getting married!
What follows is a classic romance fraught with perils and pitfalls and the angst and reluctance of a man with a broken heart. Will these two men manage to see beyond the opposites that they present to one another and find love? The tension runs high, the love scenes are hot, and the story is refreshing within this age-old genre. NICK OF TIME is a fun and entertaining read.