A stunning beauty with an air of seductive innocence, Kendall James looks like the proverbial dumb blonde—and she plays the part to perfection. But it's all an act of self-preservation, for her lovely face belies the experience of a woman who's seen too much...a woman who's traveled the world and said one too many goodbyes. Now, on an island paradise, Kendall is about to meet her match: a sexy, determined, discerning man who'll see beyond her sultry facade to the frightened woman beneath. Hawke Madison will slowly strip away her defenses, and by the time she awakens to the danger, it will be much too late to run. This is a passionate story filled with all the humor and tenderness that Kay Hooper's fans have come to expect—a story that explores the loneliness of heartbreak and the searing, transforming power of love.