He's too old for her - sophisticated, worldly, a formidably gifted heart surgeon. She's sweet and straightforward, and not at all his kind of woman. The hospital grapevine says the devastatingly attractive Rafe Harland is a heartbreaker. Ellie Robey has no intention of getting her heart broken. And anyway, what's the likelihood of such a powerful man giving a plump young nurse a second look?
But put the two of them alone together in a holiday villa in the sunshine - and anything could happen.
Getting over glandular fever, Ellie's been prescribed sunshine and plenty of it. Her surgeon brother fixes her up with an easy working holiday in Portugal. All she has to do is some light cooking for Rafe Harland at the villa where Rafe will be staying while on a research sabbatical from his London hospital. He's also teaching advanced surgical techniques to cardiac surgeons at a nearby Cardiac Centre staffed by hospital-trained nuns.
It's the perfect chance for Ellie to get fit again, ready to start her specialist course in Critical Care in September.
Sunshine, swimming and salads work their magic and soon Ellie's caught not only Rafe's eye but the attentions of a hot young Anglo-Italian called Ricardo Schiapa. Ricardo's been to the best charm school in the world and graduated top of the class. He knows he's irresistible. And his actress mother sees in Ellie the perfect daughter-in-law.
But the nuns at the Cardiac Centre have other plans ...