It's instinct. When NCIS agent Rory Farrell hears a woman scream, he reacts.But even after he saves her from abduction, Rory can't get the beautiful and fragile Tabitha Beaumont out of his mind. Especially when he finds a connection between Tabitha and his latest murder investigation. She needs protection-Rory's protection-while Rory needs answers Tabitha doesn't even realize she holds. Yet how can he find the truth without betraying Tabitha's trust? Soon, Rory must decide what matters most-keeping his objective distance, or keeping Tabitha, in his arms and under his protection, forever.