Fabiana Rivas doesn’t have time for love. She’s already got more on her plate than she can handle with the long hours she works as a cooking instructor, caring for her aging mother and autistic son, and dealing with her self-absorbed celebrity chef ex-husband. But when a handsome firefighter flirts with her in the grocery store and then shows up to her cooking class, eager to learn, Fabiana considers that there is always room for dessert.

James Howland is newly divorced and burned out on love. He’s not even sure if he wants to stay in New York City – a place he moved to for his ex-wife’s career, taking him away from his work as a forest firefighter in Oregon. But when he meets a lovely woman at the grocery store and sparks fly, James can’t help but want to stoke the fire.

Fabiana and James discover that together they can turn up the heat without getting burned.


Annie Ha and Robert Fong are the best of friends. Next door neighbors since birth and roomies during their teen years they’ve helped each other navigate love, loss, and life.

When Robert’s grandmother, Lily, who raised both Robert and Annie, suffers a massive heart attack, they’re lucky to be holding her hands as she nears death. Her final wish is to see them engaged to be married. She knows they’re meant to be and wants them to spend the rest of their lives making each other as happy as her late husband made her.

Despite a couple of minor issues holding them back – Robert is gay and Annie is deep in unrequited love with another man – Robert hastily proposes and puts his grandmother’s wedding ring on Annie’s finger. It’s the least they can do for the woman who has given so much to them. Besides, they won’t actually have to go through with the wedding. The secret Robert has been terrified of telling his traditional grandmother will remain a secret.

When Lily pulls through and takes charge of the wedding plans, Annie and Robert continue the ruse, unable to risk doing further damage to her heart even though both of theirs are hurting.

It will take a love stronger than family to break up this wedding arrangement.