Sasha McCleod was trouble--and Marc Renaud knew it! The studio had overruled him, insisting he direct her in the masquerade of a lifetime--she was to double for the star who'd fled his comeback film before it was finished. But when Sasha learned that keeping the secret meant sharing a Malibu beach house with the impossible, irresistible Frenchman, she felt a thrill of fear. Would the sparks that flashed between them explode in a firestorm of furious passion? When they rehearsed a love scene of wild abandon, Sasha revealed the vulnerability he'd seen behind her fire and pride, making him long to master her with primitive, powerful desire. Marc embraced her with savage tenderness, his hands burning her skin, but when his heartbreaking anguish seared her soul, she demanded his trust--and the secret that kept him from giving his heart. Could the cleansing fire of Sasha's fierce love heal the wounds that time could not?