Today I am so pleased to welcome Aimee Nicole Walker to Joyfully Jay. Aimee has come to talk to us about her latest release, Guys Like Him. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
The ranch was a hive of activity. Cash greeted every person by name, and they responded with a nod or hat tip. Kieran easily recognized the ones who’d served time, though they looked less weary and feral than he felt. He didn’t bother committing the names of the buildings or people to memory. No distractions. No attachments.
“There are quite a few entry-level jobs on the ranch. Try them all to see which is the best fit, but I think you’d make a great fit in our horse barn,” Cash said as they neared the biggest structure on the property. Once inside, Kieran could see why it was so large. It had dozens of stalls toward the front and a vast arena in the back. Each stall door was open, and a wagon piled high with manure and dirty bedding sat in the middle of the aisle. Several unopened bags of shavings and soft wood pellets dotted the stretch of concrete.
“You want me to work with horses?” Kieran asked. “Why?”
“Animals are drawn to you,” Cash replied, gesturing to Patsy, who’d never been more than two feet away from Kieran since he’d arrived. “We have rescue horses who are skittish after being abused, much like the dogs you worked with in the program.”
“Why not work with the dogs?” Kieran asked.
“The kennel is fully staffed right now, and Finley could use the help here.”
Kieran opened his mouth to respond just as someone inside the barn sang off-key, tentatively at first but gaining fervor with each verse. He didn’t recognize the lyrics and wasn’t sure he’d identify the voice as human.
Cash chuckled and shook his head as a rake sailed out of the stall and landed on the concrete aisle. “That’s Finley Ashe,” Cash said, raising his voice to be heard over the ruckus. “He’d be your boss. He can’t sing for shit, but he’s pure magic with the horses.”
A blond guy wearing painted-on jeans and a snug black Henley to show off his athletic build stepped out of the stall and jerked to a halt when he saw Cash, the tune dying on his stunning lips. Kieran had seen chiseled cheeks and a square jaw like Finley’s on models in magazines but never in real life. He’d chalked it up to Photoshopping, but that kind of bone structure really existed. Pale green eyes shifted to him and widened. Finley’s mouth parted, drawing Kieran’s attention to a chin dimple just as a soft gasp escaped his lips. Holy shit. The sweet sound unfurled something deep inside Kieran, a pleasure he’d denied himself for nearly two years to focus his full attention on getting retribution. An alarm bell went off in Kieran’s head, warning that this man would threaten his willpower.
“Fin,” Cash said, “come meet Kieran.”
Finley swallowed hard and said, “Hello, Kieran.” His voice had a soft Southern drawl like Harry’s. He stepped forward, and his foot landed on the rake tines. Kieran watched in horror as the handle arced upward and smacked Finley on the forehead with a sickening thud.
Redemption Ridge, Book 1
Kieran Sullivan is broken when he arrives at Redemption Ridge. A wrongful conviction and twenty months in lockup will do that to a man. The ranch is a place for second chances and fresh starts, but for him, it’s an opportunity to discover who set him up. Get in, get answers, and get out. The plan sounds easy enough until Kieran meets an equine specialist whose sunny smile could warm the coldest heart.
Finley Ashe is a sucker for bruised spirits and sad eyes. The horse whisperer and broken-boy magnet is six months into a hiatus from love when Kieran, the king of emotionally unavailable men, gets assigned to work under his supervision. Mutual attraction is gasoline on proximity’s flame, testing Finley’s resistance in new ways.
Priorities shift, shields come down, and truths get exposed. Will the inevitable combustion redeem Kieran and Finley or consume them?
Guys Like Him is book one in the Redemption Ridge series. Though each story features a different couple, reading the series in order is essential. Guys Like Him contains mature themes and is intended for adults.
Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people. She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them. Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day.
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Welcome, Aimee, and thanks for sharing the excerpt (Ouch!) and for the giveaway chance. Best wishes for the success of Guys Like Him!