Although the summer days grow shorter, a stifling heat lingers, affecting the carefree ambiance at Maxi’s Place. Hiding behind a wall of hospitality, the staff presses on, prepared to fill their pockets with tips. Owner Cole Washington believes in the freedom to do as she pleases and accepts any resulting consequences with stoic maturity. Lately, Cole is plagued by residual feelings and in a rare envious moment, her harsh words cause a rift in a treasured connection. Confronted with the truth of a disappointing relationship, executive chef Tasha Haynes removes rose-tinted glasses. After three years of dedication, Tasha refuses to admit she made a hasty choice and reluctantly resolves to make the best of the situation.
Musician Bailey Thompson travels unchartered waters as she waits at home, needing validation and longing for a crumb of time. Bailey battles fearful thoughts about well-deserved karma but is resentful of the lack of attention. For hostess Ava Russell, a full class schedule and shifts at Maxi’s Place means less frivolity and more homework. Unfortunately, long study hours present a problem to her love life, giving Ava one more thing to worry about.
Lead host Daniel St. Clair keeps a catalog of other’s indiscretions, but his own turbulent history is a guarded secret. Caught in an embellishment, Daniel averts a potential disaster and protects his lie for a while longer. Against her better judgment, lead bartender Logan Evans is drawn back into unhealthy circumstances. This time, no matter what it takes, Logan vows to get her happy ending.
Deep-rooted emotions and elaborate lies run rampant at Maxi’s Place, pushing the staff to their temperamental limits. Cole’s composure unexpectantly slips, allowing her outspoken nature to rub Tasha the wrong way. Ava’s goals are her priority; however, she tries to reassure Bailey’s neglected feelings, but it may not be enough. Logan’s heart holds a special place for only one woman but giving so much of herself may be her undoing. This is life. This is Maxi’s Place.