His embrace will be her escape . . . Lonely and overcome with grief after a painful loss in his past, Adam Westmore walks the ocean's edge in solitude. Forced to marry a depraved prince, a desperate Evelyn Waye believes she has no choice but to throw herself from the jagged cliffs into the crashing surf below. When Adam sees the enchanting woman in terrible danger, he rescues her from death and brings her back to his humble cottage. Hesitant to reveal his true identity as a distinguished lord, he nonetheless offers to protect her. And she needs protection, for the prince will find her-and harm her. Evelyn wants to trust the handsome stranger who saved her life, but her cursed beauty has made her suspicious of all men . . . even one whose kindness disarms her, whose gentle touch inspires passion within her. Soon Adam and Evelyn are consumed by desire . . . a dangerous desire that puts their very lives in peril.