Wow what a ride . Amazing , KA has done it once more for me with another man and her story . I will say what I always say KA is one amazing author . Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick fell in love young, hard and fast and both of them knew a beautiful life they thought would be forever.Until Rocky left Layne, no explanation, no going back.Layne escapes The ‘Burg only to come back years later because his ex-wife has hooked herself to the town jerk and Layne needs to make sure his sons get raised right. Layne manages to avoid Rocky but when Layne gets three bullets drilled into him while investigating a dirty cop, he can’t do that because Rocky stops avoiding Layne. They make a deal to work together to expose the dirty cop but they have no idea the strength of their enduring attraction or the sheer evil at work in The ‘Burg.As Tanner Layne and Raquel Merrick play their game and dance around the pull that draws them together, Layne has to discover the dark secrets buried so deep in Rocky’s heart she doesn’t even know they’re there at the same time untangle a sinister web of crime so abhorrent it has to be stopped... at all costs.And to do it, Layne has to enlist everyone, including his ex-CIA mentor, Rocky’s detective brother, the town’s unpredictable informant and Layne’s two teenage sons all the while stopping Rocky from doing something crazy and keeping their game secret so Layne won't get himself deadLayne , OMG, hot, smart, protective, total Alpha male . I LOVED him in this book he had me swoooning everytime he talked . I love how when he talked he explained things and gave Awesome advice . He truly was a man of heart . His love for his boys amazing , his love for Rocky Truly awesome . His standing by the woman he loved for soo long , not giving up on her at all .. “Layne knew he was in love with her. Not only that, he’d never stopped loving her. Not once, not for a second, not for twenty-one years.Fuck him.” Rocky ... Total awesome , once I understood completely her reasoning for leaving Layne . Which took me a bit to fully understand , that she wanted him to have a beautiful life , and in her mind he was not going to get that with her and her thinking she would be dead by the time she was 39 like her mom, She did not want him to end up like she saw her dad and brother ... But in another point I will say she should of talked to Layne at the time instead of running . I understand why she did what she did , her age , scared, what she went through in the end I understood it ... I was glad in the end that she did have a break down and Everything came out ... “His fingers curled around her neck and he put his forehead to hers before sharing, “I remember, Rocky. I remember everything. I remember every… fucking… thing.” I LOVE how KA always keep players from previous books in the scene . getting those little pieces of previous Couples is awesome .