It begins on a dark, scented patio in Rio. . . with the rich rhythms of a samba. . . and the warm caress of a masked stranger with magic in his touch. . . and explodes into Jennifer Blake's most sensual novel yet, sweeping from Rio to New Orleans in an erotic haze of seduction and sensuality, passion and betrayal. . . TIGRESS As acting CEO of her grandfather's shipping company, Jessica Meredith must face off against shipping tycoon Rafael Castelar and his ruthless takeover bid. But their meeting in Brazil puts them at a stalemate. Then Jessica attends an elegant party during Carnival that, under the cover of darkness, turns into a lurid orgy. Luckily, Jessica is rescued by a dashing masked stranger whose embrace offers comfort, then sweeps her to ecstasy. Drawn into a web of haunting sensuality, and confronted with a rival--and a family--she can neither trust nor turn away, Jessica sharpens her claws to fight. . . even if it means going willingly into the arms of a man determined to own the family empire, and the woman who possesses it. . . .