The holidays are over, and aristocrat Anna Whitloch must leave Crystal Creek and
return to Eastern Europe. She made a promise, a promise that will save her mother’s estate.

Someone else has other ideas. Ideas that will get Anna out of the way permanently. Anna can take care of herself, so why was Deputy Rocco Ventali assigned to protect her? She can’t depend on him, as he proved that night ten years ago when they had planned to meet. He never showed.

The last thing Rocco needs is to be assigned to protect Anna, but it soon becomes clear no one else is qualified. So how does he protect the woman he never stopped loving from the secret that could endanger her? And how does he remain this close to her, and not love her,