Hazel, one half of the Medina lioness twins, is adjusting to life outside of the hunters' grasp. That is, until she receives a desperate message from her sister Rowan, still held captive by the group known as the Protectors. Rowan will be freed, but only if Hazel passes along information on the comings and goings of the Medina pride.
When Hazel makes the call home, she learns her parents can't stomach the idea of their daughter reentering high society with a fatherless child on her hip. She'll be welcomed home and have her child provided for, but only if she brings a father to her son with her.
Enter Cenek Cipris, warlock extraordinaire. Cenek has it bad for the lioness he rescued from some real nasty monsters, and would do anything to help the raven-haired beauty. Tall and dark, with an even darker past and a quick temper, he jumps at the chance to atone for his crimes and put himself closer to the curvy temptress.
Fiercely independent Hazel finds herself drawn to the irascible warlock, while her inner lioness desires nothing more than to mark the man as their mate. But Hazel can't be sure that he feels the same, or if he's just taking advantage of their pretend relationship.
With hunters on her tail and betrayal in her bones, will Hazel risk her family, wealth, and security for the man who makes her want to do more than pretend?