A new recruit to the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training program, Axe is a cunning and vicious fighter. But when he takes on a side job as a bodyguard, he's unprepared to battle the animal attraction that flares between him and the female aristocrat he is sworn to protect. For Elise, Axe's dangerously erotic appeal is enticing-and a balm for her grief after her cousin's horrific murder. But as their physical connection deepens, Axe fears the tortured secrets he keeps will tear them apart. Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, wants to help Axe realize his full potential. But when Rhage's family is unexpectedly threatened, he finds himself back in the trenches, fighting a destiny that will destroy all he holds dear. As Axe's past becomes known, and fate seems to trun against Rhage, both males must reach deep-and pray that love, not anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.