What US Marshal ALEXANDER GIRARD needs from his beautiful, sassy neighbor is information that will help him bring down a notorious mobster. What he wants from her, however, will likely land him a slap to the face and a kick to the groin. Determined, he crafts a plan to gain her trust and convince her to share memories she has no idea are valuable to the government. When he does finally succeed at his mission, he's going to do what he always does...disappear. CHESS MONTGOMERY runs a successful business (she can afford her half of the rent), has a great roommate (who refuses to do the dishes), and goes on plenty of dates (none to write home about). She's been burned in the past by her tendency to only see the good in people, but she refuses to give up on love and her desire to have a family. When her gorgeous new neighbor, Alex, finally shows interest, wanting to give their budding relationship a real shot and not repeat her past mistakes, she promises herself to take things slow. The more time Alex spends with Chess, the harder it becomes for him to carry out his disappearing act. And when the bad guys turn their attention on Chess, he must devise a way to protect her without jeopardizing his job, his freedom, and his chance with the woman he loves.