Sometimes you lose everything. Sometimes you never had anything to lose. And sometimes you get a chance to start all over. Would you take it even if it broke your heart? Steve McCoy is one tough, heartless son of a bitch. He's a successful attorney, owner of Citadel Security, and proprietor of the only BDSM club in Lexington, Kentucky. He treats his subs like he treats his heart - cold, indifferent, and distant. The last thing he needs is a ray of sunshine walking into his office to shake up his world. Kelly Markham's had her share of tough breaks. A teenage runaway forced into prostitution just to survive, she grew up fast. When she finally escaped that life and built a new one, every time she found happiness, it got snatched right out from under her. A referral to Steve for a legal matter leads her to visit his club, Eden's Gate, and she finally finds the place where she feels she belongs. As she settles into the club, her longing to have what she had with her deceased Dom returns, and she asks Steve to sign a contract with her. Even though he insists it's only for one month, Kelly hopes she can find a way to crack open his hardened, cold heart. But once in Steve's home, Kelly stumbles upon a staggeringly heartbreaking secret, and she sets about to help Steve heal. She couldn't know that what she'd find could be fatal when she stirs the wrong pot. All of the good intention in the world won't help when the wrong people feel threatened. Her good intentions backfire when Steve explodes and orders her away. It's over, but Kelly wants to finish what she started, even if he hates her for it. Problem is, sometimes if the tiger is sleeping, poking it isn't a good idea. Unknowingly, poke it she has. So when an evil from Steve's past shows up to end them both, can someone open their heart enough to step in and be the hero they were meant to be? WARNING: Contains graphic violence and frequent sexual situations, some of which challenge the boundaries of consensual sex, and may include BDSM and multiple partners. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.