Tina was weak once: a scrawny, vulnerable child, deserted by her father, bullied at school, an object of derision and fun. Not any longer. Now she's Chrissie. Bold, self-reliant, beautiful. Girls envy her. Men desire her. She is everything she ever wanted to be and nothing, especially a man, will ever be allowed to change that. But whether she likes it or not, Chrissie is also human. When love does enter her life, unexpectedly, shockingly, it threatens this carefully-crafted personality she has worked so hard to create. And nothing can ever be allowed to do that. Control must be maintained and love must be on her terms. No matter how dreadful those terms might be . . .