It didn't matter to Sabin Wyatt that the jury had acquitted gorgeous actress Mallory Thane of his stepbrother's murder -- she had become his obsession, his to punish for having enslaved and ruined Ben with her beauty and faithlessness. Tempted to abduct her, he chose instead to woo her to Sedikhan with the promise of a movie role. There, he demanded the truth of her marriage... then refused to believe her story. But it was no longer revenge he felt -- he was in a fever for Mallory, and she was helpless to resist the primitive force of his desire... and her own. Consumed by a hot haze of need, Mallory succumbed to the savage demands of this enigmatic Heathcliff, but once Sabin discovered the shocking secret she'd kept, he was even more determined to bind her to him forever. Mallory yearned to be cherished by her fiercely tender protector, but she'd choose survival without Sabin rather than the pain of losing her beloved. Could he teach her that the greater the risk, the greater the love?