A flirt who kept his heart under lock and key...He'd always been like a brother to her, but Russ Bradford had plans for Carly Pendleton that would transform his favorite pal into his partner in passion! He'd waited long enough to take the violet–eyed riverboat captain in his arms and show her just how deliciously alluring she was. He hoped he wouldn't have to take on her seven loving but overbearing brothers, but claiming Carly for himself would be worth it!Thrilled by the wanton pleasures Russ taught her, Carly reveled in her power to arouse him, but she didn't want to be just another woman in a long string of conquests. Russ was tender, funny, sexy–and when he touched her she felt consumed with desire. He'd never learned to entrust his fears to anyone, but could she make him see that she was the woman he'd love and never leave?