What use are drawing room manners in the middle of the desert? Falling unconscious in the Egyptian sand at Cleo Valsac's feet is not part of Lord Quintus Bredon Deverall's plan. He's supposed to be whisking this young widow away from her father's dusty camp and back to England - to her aristocratic grandfather and a respectable husband. Despite Cleo's strong-willed nature, she can't help but feel comforted by Quin's protective presence. But she has no idea of this wounded stranger's true identity...or of the passion that will begin to burn between them under the heat of the desert sun!