Judge Laurel Patrick blamed it on the lush island paradise of St. Thomas. Why else would she make love to a virtual stranger? Laurel wanted Sean Gannon as much as he wanted her. The chemistry was irresistibly powerful, their passion intense. Then reality unexpectedly intruded on Laurel, forcing her to leave the island–without a chance to explain to Sean…or even say goodbye. Sean's gut instinct as a U.S. marshal is telling him something isn't right. Once back in the States, he confronts Laurel–and sees the hunted look in her eyes, the fear she can't hide. Sean ignores Laurel's attempts to protect him by pushing him away. The woman he loves is in danger, and he isn't going anywhere….