Today I am so pleased to welcome Aimee Nicole Walker to Joyfully Jay. Aimee has come to talk to us about her latest release, The Fortunate Son. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Rory leaned over, set both hands on the mattress, and gave it a few pushes to test the bounce and stability of the bed. He felt amber eyes boring into his backside and played it up. “Soft yet firm,” Rory said. He pushed the mattress harder and smiled to himself when he didn’t hear a single squeak. “Quiet and sturdy. Unlike the ones from summer camp. Thank goodness. Do you know how hard it is for a teenager to seduce his summer crush on one of those squeaky-ass things?” Rory shivered hard. “Bunk beds to boot, but one makes do to get the things he wants.” He straightened up and faced his Viking. “And I always get what I want.” 

Ivan swallowed hard. Score one for the brat. “You went to summer camp?” he asked.

“Is that really the question you want to ask me, my liege?”

Ivan emitted a sexy little growl from his throat, followed by a cleansing breath. “What will it take for you to call me by my given name?”

Rory smiled seductively and took a few steps forward. Ivan’s eyes widened because there was nowhere for him to go, and Rory could hear his gears grinding as he debated just how far Rory would take things. Ivan was several inches taller and at least fifty pounds heavier. He’d have no issues shaking Rory loose, but that wasn’t what Rory wanted. When Ivan put his hands on him—and Rory was determined Ivan would—he wanted them to hold Rory close, not push him away. 

What Rory truly wanted wasn’t something he could buy, coerce, or seduce from Ivan. Though he struggled to put a name to his deepest desire, Rory needed it granted freely and wholeheartedly. So he stopped his forward advance before their bodies touched. “There is something you can do for me.” 

Ivan chewed on his bottom lip as his amber eyes darkened to the color of a hot toddy, and damn, Rory wanted to drink him down. “Name it.” The words sounded like someone had torn them from his soul. Ivan’s eyes widened as if they came as a surprise to him too. His lips parted, and Rory knew he was seconds away from retracting his response or replacing it with a reaction that wasn’t as genuine. 

“Treat me like you would anyone else who comes to work on the ranch,” Rory urged softly. “I don’t know what Nicky told you about my situation, but it’s obvious you’ve drawn some conclusions about me.” Rory offered a wry smile before continuing. “Truth is, I’m probably worse than you’ve imagined, but I am not a freeloader. I pay my own way.” 

Ivan’s eyes widened, and it was hard to say which one of them was more surprised by Rory’s confession. That wasn’t at all what he’d planned to say, but there was a softening around the big man’s features that encouraged Rory to dial back the attitude and reveal a little more. He opened his mouth and more words tumbled out before he could stop them. “You don’t like me, and I get it. Take a number and get in line. Hell, I’m pretty sure I can’t stand myself at the moment. But maybe give me a fair shake. I might surprise you.” And maybe even myself.


the fortunate son coverRedemption Ridge, Book 2

Ivan Gallagher’s first and only attempt at love nearly cost him everything—his reputation, family, and even his freedom. Needing an outlet for his pent-up passion, the gruff foreman turns his beekeeping hobby into a successful business. Just when he’s on the verge of taking his liquid gold to the next level, a granted favor transforms his orderly life into a sticky mess.

Rory Snyder was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but wealth couldn’t spare him from loss and heartache. Finding himself at the center of a dangerous media storm, the social media influencer seeks refuge at Redemption Ridge. Too bad the Viking-sized Ivan seems impervious to Rory’s charms because he could use a sexy distraction from the chaos threatening to ruin his life.

Predawn collisions in the hallway lead to revelations, explorations, and something far sweeter than honey. Soon, living in the moment becomes living for the moment. But for how long? A future seems impossible for the humble foreman and the fortunate son until a common nemesis makes Ivan and Rory realize what they truly stand to lose.

The Fortunate Son is book two in the Redemption Ridge series. Though each story features a different couple, reading the series in order is essential. The Fortunate Son contains mature themes and is intended for adults.

Content Warning: homophobia, underage alcohol addiction, and intentional overdosing are briefly discussed in this book, though no graphic descriptions are used.


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