Lana Watson knows the woods of New Hampshire like the back of her hand. She knows the old streets, the shops, and the cool air against her skin like a familiar caress. The place is home, and yet it has never felt more isolating. Ever since college, Lana has thrown her dreams into older men who have only hurt her, only treated her like a worthless thing. She is not ready to love again. She doubts she ever will be. But change comes looking for Lana: Max Winters appears like a vapor as Lana is hired to arrange the flowers for a charity ball. His presence is overpowering, his eyes searching her face, his body that of a practiced predator. But it is his gaze that rocks Lana to her core, throwing her into a driving passion. Max Winters is willing to take Lana beyond her limits, desiring her to be his. He is bound to her, body and soul, teetering on the edge of obsession and the most intense desire he has ever felt. Does love have a place in their worlds, or is it just too painful?