Chloe Dawson learned early that life wasn't easy. If it were, her parents never would have split up, leaving her to deal with the fallout at eight years old. If it were, her mother's vice wouldn't have driven a wedge between them. Though she comes to face trials most people only confront in their nightmares, she realizes she can't wake up from her life. Instead, she looks her problems in the eye, afraid yet standing her ground.
But even the strongest need rescuing …
Just when she feels her head dipping below the surface, Caleb Holt appears in her life. Unlike Chloe, he's run far from his past, into the arms of an uncertain future. At the request of a dying man, he decides to stop running and fulfill a promise—one which forbids him from interacting with Chloe and forces him to remain her secret benefactor.
Keeping out of sight, he watches with his eyes, but soon discovers that his heart has been just as vigilant. Aggressive is his middle name, but his bond keeps him silent at a distance. When she needs help, he reaches out of hiding to touch her life, only to step back before she can see him.
However opportunity presents itself, and he finds he can't resist answering its call. What will happen when the barrier between them drops and he's finally allowed to touch where once he could only look?
What will happen when Chloe accepts an offer that no one in her desperate position would refuse, even when it pushes her boundaries?
What will happen when she comes undone?
When he died, Eric King left his company, King Industries, in Mallory's care, entrusting her to keep his legacy intact. For years, she's struggled to keep his dream alive, sacrificing everything to ensure she has something to pass on to her son.
Wesley King wants nothing to do with running the family business. Content to waste his money and his education on sewing his oats, he spends his evenings seeking pleasure in Chicago's clubs and bars.
Divorcee Arthur Stanhope has discovered he only has months to live, and that he is leaving his only daughter behind with no other family.
Harper has trained her whole life to take over her father's company, and leads a secret life behind her father's back, one that could turn him against her. Unbeknownst to her, her father's illness has driven him to take steps to making sure that not only his company is taken care of after he passes, but that her heart will be taken care of, too.
Wesley and Harper have never met each other. They have no idea that their parents' sins and secret pasts are about to bring them together ... and force them into the biggest business deal of their lives.