Diedre Forsythe responded to the intimate caress of a dream lover, then awoke to discover herself half-clothed and in the arms of a savage stranger! Sterling Jakes had rescued the delicately pretty woman from drowning, but how could the martial arts master tell her they were alone on a tropical island and would probably never be found? Already she'd lost the pale, protected look of a proper Bostonian, but nothing had prepared Diedre for the barbaric thrill of Sterling's survival training, nor for the spellbinding seduction she so desperately yearned for and yet deeply feared. She ran from the risky promise of his primitive mating ritual, knowing he would stalk her and stake his claim. He was the hunter and she the hunted--but the prize belonged to them both. Sterling was a man of secrets and shadows--her beloved warrior, her destiny, her soulmate--but if they ever escaped Paradise, would the courage he'd shown her she possessed be strong enough to hold him?