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The Heir Apparent
The heir apparent to a vast international company, Henry Walker has focused his entire life on pleasing his cold and distant father, a futile effort that’s left him no time for life, love, or making his own decisions. He has just one friend—one dirty little secret—Archie Banks. Raised on the Walker estate alongside Henry, Archie is now Henry’s driver, bodyguard… and occasional lover. Archie is loyal, but he’s about to graduate from college and has plans for his life that don’t include living every moment at the beck and call of Henry’s father. Not even for Henry.
With no warning, a shocking kidnapping leads to tragedy and chaos, thrusting Henry and Archie into a dramatic struggle that threatens them individually and as a couple. Can they find a way to heal the hurt of the past, save the company that is Henry’s birthright, and find a future together?
Second Edition, First Edition Published by Loose Id, February 2013.
Thank you so much for having me!
The Heir Apparent is a rerelease (updated and with additional content) of a book I wrote about five years ago. It was the “one that got away” – the one book in my library that didn’t feel finished and polished the way I needed it to be. Going back to retool some things was a gift – now I can look at all of my fifteen books with a satisfied sigh.
I love tropes and billionaire/bodyguard is a favorite. But me being me, I wanted to play with it a bit and mold it to my wheelhouse. So – less about “things” and more about the millstone that expectation can be around your neck.
Henry looks at “all this will one day be yours” as a life sentence. Tied into his future inheritance is the memory of his mother, his grandfather – and his father’s unrelenting expectations and rules. As much as he’d like to throw a fit and storm away, he can’t escape the emotional reasons to stay.
Archie has a lot of reasons to stay in this world – he grew up there in the Walker’s world, as the son of the family housekeeper. He’s loved and taken care of Henry since he was a child but he wants more out of life than just being a chauffer.
Choices play a big part in The Heir Apparent! Choices you must make, choices you are forced to make. At the end of the day, Henry and Archie must choose each other for the right reasons.
I hope you enjoy it!
The elevator door slid open and the attendant—a very nice, very elderly man named Neil—nodded as he stepped inside the small cage.
“Mr. Walker,” he wheezed, closing the doors and hitting the button.
“Neil,” Henry said loudly, tucking the newspaper into his leather satchel. He pulled his phone from his suit pocket, checking for messages that might have piled up in the three minutes from car to office.
Can we get together tonight?
Henry scowled at the phone. It was entirely within his power to text back and let Jackson know he had no interest in seeing him. As a matter of fact, Henry would like Jackson to lose his number and forget he existed.
Of course, he didn’t do that.
Impulsively, Henry hit Send and heard the connection, ringing, the pickup. A booming voice speaking over the roar of New York City traffic and Pantera blaring from the speakers.
“You realize you were just in the car. Miss me already?”
“Hardly.” Which was a lie.
Neil turned around and gave him a rheumy grin.”
“David is trying to fix me up with someone….” he started, only to be cut off by Archie’s snorting laughter.
“Shut up,” he mumbled, ignoring another text coming through as well as the rumble of his Blackberry.
“I’m trying to imagine who David Silver, King of the Fuddyduddies, would fix you up with,” Archie said. “Tax attorney? Owner of a professional lacrosse team? The human equivalent of the color beige?”
Henry tried not to snicker. “He does public relations for the Lambert Polo Club.”
“I have to go out with him at least once, don’t I? We talked on the phone and he’s very… enthusiastic.” Henry wanted to erase Jackson’s fawning from his brain—along with a solid ten days of texts. “I don’t want to be rude.”
Henry heard Archie cursing another driver out then an aggressive series of honks.
“But—maybe you could do it for me.”
The horn died away. “Invite him to dinner. I’ll drive you. He’ll be pissing himself in fear before we get to the restaurant.” Archie’s voice oozed smooth and sexy through the line. It reminded Henry entirely too much of when they were teenagers and his cohort-in-crime would convince him to do something against the rules. He made it all sound so delightful and so worth the consequences.
“Are you going to lay your gun on the front seat?” It sounded dirty or, at least, Henry wanted it to.
“And flex. So much flexing. That all might backfire, though. Once Beige McPolo gets a look at my… packages… you might have to beat him off. Me.”
“You’re an idiot. Remind me to fire you later.”
The mocking laughter ended when Henry shut off his phone but he felt himself relax a hitch as the elevator dinged.”
Tere Michaels writes happily ever afters in the big city – with heaps of snark, angst and humor. Her focus is on characters and all the ridiculous ways they trip through life and love. She has written fifteen books including her popular Faith, Love & Devotion series and the superhero saga, The Vigilante.
She is a member of RWA and Liberty States Fiction Writers.
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