Entertainment lawyer Lucianna Ortiz is a survivor. After a horrific incident nearly took her life, she lives on the edge of being afraid of everything and not feeling anything at all. Pulling away from the people she loves most, she takes a trip. But when Lucianna finds herself stranded on a St. Augustine beach, she's anything but alone. Devlin's quiet blue eyes hold her captive and his capable hands make her feel... safe.
Navy SEAL Devlin "Devil" Byrne went into the service after his little sister drowned. Just seventeen years old, a piece of him died that day too. Consumed by guilt, he keeps to himself, saving those he can and making amends the only way he knows how. When he meets beautiful and curvy Lucianna on the beach, he can't help but be drawn to her brokenness, which mirrors his own. He learns that protecting someone is sometimes more about their heart than their body.
With a new year on the horizon, and Christmas approaching, both are struggling to overcome the past before it takes them under. Devlin's about to discover that protecting Lucianna could be the key to saving himself.
***Author's note - This story was previously pulished in Susan Stoker's Special Forces: Operation Alpha world. It has been revised and redited to remove all of Susan Stoker's characters and references, but the basic story remains the same.