Authors: Aimee Nicole Walker
Tags: #Book 2 Of The Fated Hearts Series
Rhythm of Us
Book 2 Of The Fated Hearts Series
Copyright © 2015 Aimee Nicole Walker
This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
Cover Art provided by Jay Aheer of
Simply Defined Art
Editing provided by Pam Ebeler –
Interior Design and Formatting provided by Stacey Blake,
All rights reserved. This book is licensed to the original publisher only.
This book contains sexually explicit material and is only intended for adult readers.
Copyright and Trademark Acknowledgments
The author acknowledges the copyright and trademarked status and trademark owners of the following trademarks and copyrights mentioned in this work of fiction:
Washington Nationals: Major League Baseball
Sprite: The Coca Cola Company
Julliard: The Julliard School
Tina Turner: United Artists, Capitol, Parlophone, and Virgin
Dr. Phil Show: CBS Television
Cruella DeVille “101 Dalmatians”: The Walt Disney Company
Radar O’Reilly – Mash: 20
Century Fox Television
Rick Springfield: RCA, Sparmac, Gomer
Corona: Grupo Modelo, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Romeo – Romeo and Juliet; William Shakespeare
Gatorade: The Gatorade Company, Inc
Coke: The Coca Cola Company
Buttons by Pussycat Dolls (featuring Snoop Dog): Interscope
Rolling Stone Magazine: Wenner Media LLC
Cliff Notes: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sixteen Candles: Universal Pictures
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”: Asylum, Atlantic, Elektra
Narcotics Anonymous: Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
SportsCenter: ESPN, Inc
Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby”: Atlantic and Swan Song
Rocky Movies: United Artists
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Dulles International Airport
Shaggy and Scooby Doo – Scooby Doo Franchise: Hanna Barbera Productions
Jumangi: TriStar Pictures
Driving Miss Daisy: Warner Bros Pictures
Martin Guitars: Martin & Co
Wizard of Oz: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Emmy: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS/NATAS)
LGBT: LGBT Center of Raleigh
Simon Says: Simon Says Productions, LLC
USMC: The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office
LAPD: Los Angeles Police Department
Table of Contents
Other Books by Aimee Nicole Walker
The Fated Hearts Series
Chasing Mr. Wright
To Angie Alberda
Sometimes Wonder Woman doesn’t wear snazzy metal bands around her wrists. Sometimes she has a collection of metal tokens to honor the years of her sobriety.
Sometimes Wonder Woman doesn’t save people from bad guys. Sometimes she helps them by opening herself up and bleeding the truth about her past addictions and the impact it had on her life. By telling her story, she saves the lives of others.
Sometimes Wonder Woman doesn’t know all the right words to say. Sometimes she knows a billion and one ways to use the “C” word.
Sometimes Wonder Woman can’t see all the way she touches those around her. Sometimes she needs to be told that she IS a woman to be admired.
Angie, YOU ARE a woman to be admired!
I STOOD OUTSIDE
the bowling alley staring at the entrance door like hell was waiting for me on the other side. In reality, I’d been living in my own personal hell for over a year and deserved whatever reception I got once I walked through that door. I left out of here after Ava’s wedding in June without an explanation to anyone and I didn’t look back. I missed every holiday and birthday, becoming more sullen and depressed with every lost visit home. Lost, because I couldn’t ever get that time back.
It was June again, nearly one year later, and I had returned for Chase River’s marriage to Grayson Wright. Chase was the brother of my heart and we were just as close as any biological brothers would be. Chase’s grandmother, Agnes Simmons, became my guardian when I was five years old. Gram rescued me from a life of abuse and misery when I moved in with her and Chase.
At the age of five, I had already known I was different. I wanted to wear silky, shiny shirts and play with dolls, which infuriated my father. I used to sneak some of my sister’s things in my backpack and took them to preschool with me. My preschool teacher, Miss Annette, would always let me wear whatever I brought and she always let me play with dolls whenever I wanted. Miss Annette never told me the clothes I wore were for girls or that playing with dolls made me a sissy. That was my father’s job. Miss Annette just loved me as I was and I thank God for her every single day.
I don’t remember a lot about my childhood, but I remember the straw that broke my father’s back. I asked him for a princess party for my sixth birthday. He lost all control and spanked me with his belt until I could barely sit. The whole time he shouted that he was going to beat the devil out of me and he would rather see me dead than become a faggot. At some point, I tuned him out and drifted off to a dreamland where people loved me for who I was and didn’t hate me because I was different.
What happened the next day was permanently etched in my mind and was easily my most cherished memory. I’ll never forget Chase holding my hand beneath the monkey bars while I cried and told him what happened. I begged him to keep my secret and he kept his promise even though he wanted to tell Miss Annette so badly. It was only when my oldest sister, Ellie, showed up at preschool to pick me up that I broke down and told Miss Annette, Gram, and Ellie what happened to me. Chase held my hand through that too.