Sadie meets a hot devil at a Halloween party and enjoys what’s supposed to be an anonymous hookup, but when she meets him in real life and discovers that she likes him, they step warily into a relationship even as reality TV chaos swirls around them.
Sadie Liberato, “the homebody of homebodies,” does not want to go to the Halloween party she and her siblings are catering, but when her brother twists her arm, she decides to take the opportunity to “find someone anonymous…get her goody on and leave.” Arriving at the party, she finds that a popular local reality TV show, Motorcycle Madnezz, is taping there and witnesses a confrontation among Harrison "Gear" Blackstone, the true talent behind the show, his ex-fiance, Sahara, and ex–best friend, Brian. Escaping the gawking crowd, Sadie finds a quiet corner and meets a sexy devil whom she shags against a wall behind some sheltering shrubbery. Afterward, the two overhear Sahara admit to lying on-camera to make Gear look bad, but Sahara notices Sadie eavesdropping and confronts her, actually slapping her, and then Sadie responds with a bruising punch. Ignoring the nauseating coverage of the mysterious stranger’s attack on innocent Sahara, Sadie learns that Gear was her costumed lover, and the two move quickly into a sexual relationship and slowly into a romantic one. Gear is nothing like he's portrayed on the show. Both he and Sadie are straight shooters who have been hurt by manipulators, but even as they realize they’re perfect for each other, they have to navigate fear and misperception—theirs and those of the people around them—before they can step into their true selves and find happiness.
Harte pens a sizzlingly sexy romance that is both playful and meaningful, exploring real and metaphorical masks, perception, and reality.