"LOVE IS ABOUT SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. SOME MEN FALL, BUT SURVIVORS LIKE ME DON'T." –Jack Stockwell's thoughts on love Mercenary Jack Stockwell's secret mission was twofold: 1) Find out if the Stockwells had swindled Beth Johnson's ancestors out of their fortune, and 2) Get out with his heart intact. The strong, earthy widow and her two children stirred the dark shadows of his soul–and left traces of hope. But Jack had to resist her sweet temptation–and shackle himself to caution. For Beth would soon discover that her lover was actually her worst enemy–a Stockwell. At the shock of this revelation, would she seek the ultimate revenge…or let love settle the score?