It was an impossible match, Kelly Malloy fumed when ordered to team up with Brandt Madison. If the man was such a good journalist, why was he working for one of the sleaziest rags at the checkout counter? But once she met the devastatingly handsome man who stood between her and a great story, Kelly felt her resistance melt. Brandt sensed that their piece on illegal baby selling held a kind of power over Kelly--or that some secret in her past left her vulnerable. Somehow he had to show Kelly how it felt to be cherished, how much he yearned to protect her from hurt. But could his fierce embrace keep his beloved safe from the demons of her past?