Manolito De La Cruz discovers his lifemate only to hear she would never accept a male of the species. Mary Ann Delaney has been around the Carpathians for a little while now, and having met several of the men, she knows she would have a difficult time being a lifemate to any of them. She's a counsellor for women and she wants to go back to her home turf. Manolito was born and bred in the Carpathian mountains, but has lived in South America with his four brothers on their extensive cattle ranch. They are laws unto themselves, and have long ago taken on possessive, passionate and arrogant ways that only magnify the already dominant traits of their race. Mary Ann, modern city girl, is about to meet a rainforest predator.