The demons of his past haunt Gregoire Wood and dog his heels on his trip home for Christmas. Over and over, they drive him into the bottom of the bottle of Scotch. But this Christmas, they drive him into a bar called the Haven and the arms of owner and bartender Pierce Lawson. Pierce usually spends his Christmases alone, but he doesn't mind it. He also doesn't mind when Gregoire washes up in his bar. His life, he knows, from that minute forward will never be the same. The attraction runs deep, hot, and mutual, but Gregoire leaves when the holiday is over. This year and for the next eight years. Pierce is a patient man, though. He'll follow Gregoire all the way back to New York if he has to in order to help Gregoire find peace and to bring him home once and for all.