Rocky was still pushing Conner away, I think afraid of committing himself, but what he didn't realise was that he was already committed to Conner, nobody else would do for him. He was I think, also frightened that he would lose Conner before he found out who was threatening him, and if he denied his feelings, then it wouldn't hurt so much.
Conner was sure of his feelings, and was hurt about how Rocky was acting. Conner was quite happy in his skin, and everyone knew he was gay and he wasn't hiding it for anyone. He also seemed to have a confidence that Rocky didn't.
This book does pick up from the first one, and you do find out who it was that was threatening Conner, and I will say that no way would anyone have guessed this - but also my personal opinion is that the revealing of who it was seemed rushed to me - but I did enjoy this book.
I now await book 3 in the series, to find out exactly what happens....