Gabrielle DuBois had never been happier. Duping her father into leaving her at Camp Carleton while he was in San Francisco had been a cinch. But the handsome Major Dan Catlin, her father's second-in-command, would not be so easy to fool. Assigned as her guardian, he would watch her every move and discipline her with a firm hand-if he had to. But if he thought he was going to control and dominate her, he was in for a big surprise. She would conquer him with her feminine wiles and seduce him into trusting her. And when she had him eating out of her hand, he would regret ever having tangled with the Colonel's daughter and would learn once and for all who was really calling the shots. It was the worst duty he had ever drawn-playing nursemaid to the Colonel's spoiled brat of a daughter. She was nothing but a nuisance and Major Dan Catlin was determined to keep her in tow and to protect the rebellious little chit's innocence. But who was going to protect him? He could barley resist her sparkling eyes that fluttered at him so provocatively, or her lush, young body that taunted and teased him, or her full, soft lips that begged to be kissed. But he was an officer and a gentleman and no matter how much he wanted her, longed for her, he knew he had to stay away from her.