They want her silence.
He wants her surrender.
After Meri Darrow is suddenly fired from her dream job and leveled by a mystery illness, she retreats to her family's beach cottage. Arrogant neighbor Rob McLain knows that brilliant but naïve Meri is up against powerful interests that could crush them both. But that's not why this intense attraction scares the hell out of him.
Meri has Rob pegged as an ambitious charmer. He wants the life she rejected long ago, right down to the showy villa above Laguna Beach. Though tempting, he's overbearing and definitely not her type. Rob is still determined to watch over her, even risking his career. Now Meri realizes her attempts to do the right thing have only brought fear and death, putting Rob and his little boy in danger. The best thing she can do for them is walk away.