Life doesn't follow rulesJazz pianist Dez Batiste knows this all too well. It's taken him years to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina swept away what mattered most. His musician's soul is still lost in the wreckage, but he's after a brand-new future by opening an Uptown jazz club. Too bad the distractingly sexy Eleanor Theriot is getting in his way. Sure, she may be protecting her community, but there's passion underneath that upper-class exterior of hers.With a little seduction from Dez, that passion sizzles to life and soon they're enjoying an exclusive friends-with-benefits arrangement. The intensity between them reawakens his music and Dez knows they're more than temporary. Now to convince Eleanor to bend those rules she lives by?