It had to be the worst day of her life. Hilary Brookfield sat on a bus bench, the wind whipping fiercely about, her eyes slowly drowning in a pool of tears. This was meant to be a vacation, a time for peace and quiet, a time to mend her broken heart. But everything had gone wrong...until Garth Redmond, the handsome stranger she's met on the plane, appeared just when she needed him most. Was it fate that imprisoned them for days in an isolated cottage on the storm-battered North Carolina shore? Seeking comfort in Garth's strong arms, Hilary had been swept away by a desire she'd never known. Tempting him with unbridled passion, she'd become a seductress she barely knew. And now, even as she prepared to flee, her mind was in a whirl. Should she stay? Could she compel Garth's love for a lifetime, or would this brief moment of happiness elude her, leaving her alone as before?