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Rhythm of Us: Book 2 Of The Fated Hearts Series

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Rhythm of Us

Book 2 Of The Fated Hearts Series

Copyright © 2015 Aimee Nicole Walker

Aimeenicolewalker.blogspot.com

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 –
Undivided Editing

Interior Design and Formatting provided by Stacey Blake,
Champagne Formats

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

Camaro: Chevrolet

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
th
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

Humphrey Bogart

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

Title Page

Copyright

Other Books by the author

Dedication

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten

Eleven

Twelve

Thirteen

Fourteen

Fifteen

Sixteen

Seventeen

Eighteen

Nineteen

Twenty

Twenty-One

Twenty-Two

Twenty-Three

Twenty-Four

Twenty-Five

Twenty-Six

Twenty-Seven

Twenty-Eight

Twenty-Nine

Thirty

Thirty-One

Thirty-Two

Thirty-Three

Thirty-Four

Thirty-Five

Thirty-Six

Epilogue

Letter to my Readers

Acknowledgments

About me

 

 

 

 

Other Books by Aimee Nicole Walker

 

The Fated Hearts Series

Chasing Mr. Wright

 

Only You

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.

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