Kate Cooper has returned home to Paradise Beach to help her mother recover from surgery. She's planning to stay only a few months to nurse her mom back to health, and to run the family's island tiki hut. Once Mom's better, Kate's headed to Europe to travel the world with her best friend. Then Damien Hastings, her high school crush, walks into the bar one night. He's stunning. Intense. Way more muscular than when they were in high school. And he can't take his eyes off Kate. Damien's the youngest of the Hastings family, and unlike his brothers and sisters, has chosen a life of danger as a military contractor. When he returns home to Paradise Beach for a few months in between assignments, he never expects to see his high school crush tending bar at the island's tiki hut. He's never forgotten how she made him feel, or how people bullied her in high school. He has a lot of apologizing to do, and can't wait to show her how he really feels. They didn't come back to fall in love. They didn't expect to have the best sex of their lives. They didn't plan on a wedding. But strange and wonderful things often happen on Paradise Beach... * This is the prequel to the Paradise Beach series.