A torrential hurricane stranded Karen Beckett in a tiny motel room with Gunnery Sergeant Sam Paretti, the one man she never wanted to see again! Just months before, Karen had severed all ties with the gorgeous marinebut bittersweet memories of their love refused to vacate her mind. Now her rescuer demanded a hefty price for shelter from the storm. His eyes shimmered with a desire equal to the hunger clawing at Karen's control. But she had to resist! Because to surrender to their urgent need would mean exposing her past and admitting her fathomless love for Sam .