A tough security specialist rides his Harley to the rescue when a young woman is menaced by her ex. He'll do anything to keep her safe, but what about his heart? She'll do anything to survive, but what if she puts him in danger? A woman determined to heal... Southern belle Jess Kingston spent eight weeks healing from an ex-boyfriend's brutal attack. Now she's ready to put her life back together, if only he'd stop stalking her. She needs someone who can teach her how to fight back-someone like the tough ex-soldier who rides to her rescue. A man determined to remain alone... Ex-military security specialist Conlan James avoids commitment like the plague. His job, his Harley, and an occasional one-night stand are all he needs-or so he tells himself. But after he rescues Jess from a tense situation, he can't get the shy, sexy brunette out of his mind. He can teach her self-defense, but can he shield his own scarred heart? A vengeful ex determined to destroy them both... Jess's ex escalates his deadly game of cat-and-mouse and Con intensifies his protection, but the heat between Con and Jess builds even faster. His self-defense training ends with her in his arms, where the wrong move may lead to heartbreak. Outside their safe haven, one wrong move could lead to death.