Dragon warrior Halvard is a gorgeous, love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. It's better that way. No one ever lasts, not with his dangerous lifestyle smuggling goods through space and avoiding the sharks. Never did he think he would fall for the man he was smuggling to safety. Halvard is having major trouble with the lust he feels for the former slave. Halvard wants to claim Patrick. His dragon side is desperate to be let out and take what's his, but Hal refuses to be like the people who abused Patrick for so long, and he's convinced Patrick's feelings only run so deep because Halvard was the first to give him protection. But there are still slavers and bounty hunters after Patrick. Halvard may have hesitated in claiming his mate, but he won't hesitate to destroy anyone who dares attempt to take his mate, and that might mean putting everything on the line.