Jess Brannen adored practical jokes -- especially when they were played on someone else! That was how she ended up at a male strip show in Atlantic City, enjoying the delicious torment of one of her friends. But when she awoke next morning beside Nick Mikaris, the joke was on her -- and it had backfired! How could she ask the good-looking architect to hire her to landscape his newest luxury homes, once he'd seen her nearly naked and knew she'd shared a stranger's bed? But she had to try -- and Nick was seduced by his memory of her in a satin slip, tempted by the deal she offered to do the job -- and by the lady herself. Touching her was delicious, addictive, but she insisted she wouldn't mix business with pleasure, even if kissing him sent wildfire racing through her blood! Loving Nick was like being in heaven and hell at once, but Jess knew her terrible secret would drive him away. Could he teach her to trust the power of his love?