Dr. Jonas Shades needed someone to play his wife in order to secure the funds required for his critical research. Cathlynn O'Connell was the perfect candidate. Except with time running out, he had no choice but to blackmail his bride…. Each day spent in Jonas's fortress of a home brought Cathlynn one step deeper into the dangerous mystery surrounding his life. And each minute spent in his brooding presence, each second spent in his passionate embrace brought her one step closer to losing control. Her life was on the line, but what Cathlynn really feared was losing her heart…to the husband she hardly knew.