Twenty years ago she had her whole life spread out before her. She was Bess Walsh, a freshly scrubbed middle-class student ready to conquer the design world. And she was taken. Absolutely and completely.But not by Andy, her well-groomed, intellectual boyfriend who hinted more than once about a ring. No?during that hot summer as a waitress and living on the beach, she met Nick, the local bad boy. He was, to put it mildly, not someone she could take home to Daddy.Instead, Nick became her dirty little secret?a fervent sexual accomplice who knew how to ignite an all-consuming obsession she'd had no idea she carried deep within her.Bess had always wondered what happened to Nick after that summer, after their promise to meet again. And now, back at the beach house and taking a break from responsibility, from marriage, from life, she discovers his heartbreaking fate?and why he never came back for her. Suddenly Nick's name is on her lips?his hands on her thighs?dark hair and eyes called back from the swirling gray of purgatory's depths.Dead, alive, or something in between, they can't stop their hunger.She wouldn't dare.