A first-term sheriff is torn between duty to his office and the love of his life.Dr. Tess Sweeney is finally settled and happy. Her great-aunt left her a lake home in beautiful Diamond Lakes, Texas, complete with boat. She's taken a prestigious position as Chief of Surgery at the local hospital. After a series of hits and misses with love, she's met her soul mate in Sheriff Kyle Monroe. Her life is a bed of roses until a tragic accident brings a revengeful ex-lover back into her life.Sheriff Kyle Monroe is rounding out his first term as sheriff of Diamond Lakes, Texas and gearing up his run for re-election. His staff is great. He's developed a health working relationship with the courts and he's at last found the love of his life. Re-election should be a snap. His life is everything he could dream of until...A tragic, accident places a critically injured child on Dr. Sweeney's operating room table. The child cannot be saved. Unfortunately, the child is the son of her ex-lover, who is also the local prosecuting attorney. Threats, murder charges, medical malpractice and blackmail pull Kyle and Tess's relationship to the breaking point. But Kyle won't let Tess go without a fight. If she runs, he'll find her. If she fights, he'll fight beside her.