Ellie Lathrop is a spoiled socialite turned adoptive mother. After her half-sister's neglect became more than Ellie could stand, she adopted Tanya and has been raising her as her own daughter. Now her controlling father and her abusive half-sister are back in the picture. Ellie is forced to turn to the last man she would ever ask for help, but she's out of money and out of choices. Mikhail Stepanov knows Ellie is trouble, his own personal curse. Still, the heat between them is enough to send up sparks, and he is powerless to resist her plea for help. Cait London weaves a confusing and often wordy story filled with passion in INSTINCTIVE MALE (2). Long, dry sections of narrative leave the reader confused and often bored with the story.