Captain Reid Hunter had survived many of life's battles, but when it came to women, the rugged marine was like a wounded lion. So when his latest assignment had him keeping guard over beautiful Dr. Casey Morrow, he started snarling! Not only did the feisty beauty struggle against his protective embrace, she was determined to see this mission through -- alone. Then Reid glimpsed her aching vulnerability and knew she needed him -- in ways that went beyond the call of duty. But could this strong, silent soldier open his hard heart to the call of love?