When you first meet Derek, he is trying hard to control things in his life, but it just isn't happening. To try and make his parents believe he is happy, he has invented a boyfriend called "Marcus", and this seems to appease them until they decide they want to meet him..... and Derek now has to try and find someone to hire to play the role of "Marcus".
Now enter Luke, who needs money to help renovate the family bar, and while agreeing to help a friend out, he is the one hired to play the role of "Marcus". Sounds like an easy way to make money, but once he actually meets Derek, he seems rather uneasy about it all.
Derek is someone who actually comes across as unsure of himself, and seems to lack the confidence of what he can actually do. After spending time together, Derek and Luke seem to get on well, and Luke can actually see the real Derek lurking underneath, and tries to bring this Derek to the forefront.
Over the course of their set dates, they do seem to be growing closer, but neither of can actually tell the other exactly what they are feeling. It is at this point, when I really wanted to reach inside the book and shake the pair of them!! Both Luke and Derek are finding that they are enjoying the time spent together, but both seem hesitant to admit this.
It takes someone more or less meddling to bring things out in the open, and perhaps now the two can actually talk to each other and be honest, and admit to each other that no matter how they met, that Love Happens Anyway.