Character Profile of Tyler Johnson from Worth the Risk by C.J. Lynne

Two men, a chance meeting,
an unexpected fight for love…

Some risks are scarier than others
because they’re the most important ones
we’ll ever undertake…

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C.J. Lynne

Series: Infinity Series, Book One
Genre: Gay/Lesbian, M/M Erotic Romance
Publication Date: November 7, 2016

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Love doesn’t exist…

Or so Tyler Johnson thinks. He’s never had much, if any, of it thrown his way. A chance meeting with the enigmatic Jaxon Markham causes Ty to—if still not believe in love—at least know without a doubt that lust is alive and well. Ty’s not looking for forever, but what’s the harm in spending a few days—and scorching nights—with Jax; as long as Jax plays by his rules and keeps things casual and uncomplicated?

Jax knows his luck has finally changed for the better when he lays eyes on Tyler. The man is gorgeous, and stirs feelings in Jax he’d thought he’d never experience. The more time Jax spends with Ty, the more certain he is that Ty’s his soulmate. Now all that remains is convincing the stubborn Tyler of that fact, but Jax is more than up for the task, because he’s nothing if not persistent—a fact the elusive Tyler will soon find out.

Jax quickly, and much too easily, demolishes all of Ty’s protective walls and Ty reluctantly begins to think that maybe that intangible emotion called love is alive and well after all, and perhaps finally within his grasp. However, when his ugly past returns to haunt him, making him doubt all the good he’s experienced with and because of Jax, Ty’s positive outlook crumbles, giving way to doubt and despair.

Can he be the man Jax needs and deserves? Or will past and present demons destroy Ty’s one chance at true happiness?

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INTERVIEWER:  What’s your favorite memory of childhood?

TYLER:   Being kicked out of my father’s house.

INTERVIEWER:  Would you care to elaborate?



Well, as you can see from the above excerpt, Ty has some emotional problems to work through.  Nope, I’m not going to elaborate any further because that would spoil all the fun of reading the book.  However, allow me to introduce you to the complex man in question:

Vital Statistics:

Tyler Johnson is a 22-year-old native New Yorker, who moved to sunny California to attend Berkeley University where he obtained his undergraduate degree and is now in his first year of law school.  He’s 6 feet tall, weighs 195 pounds.  His dark brown wayward hair (that’s always a bit messy) falls just above his shoulders.  His eyes are hazel in color, and he’s downright huggable—once you get past the walls he’s erected over the years to keep people from getting too close.

Life Philosophy:

Ty is very complex.  He’s always had to be self-sufficient because his parents were—well, to put it mildly, selfish and neglectful.   As a result of his hard childhood, Ty was determined to show everyone who’d ever disappointed him that he could and would make something of himself.  He worked at whatever jobs he could find and finished high school with the goal of going onto college and then law school.

The one sentence that comes to mind when I think of Ty is:  “Show me what you’ve accomplished in life, and I’ll tell you who you are.”  Ty has accomplished a great deal for his 22 years.  He’s a driven, determined man who’ll stop at nothing to be the best that he can in all things.  He just needs the right guy to show him that love can also fit into his carefully constructed roadmap of his future.

Best and worst traits:
Ty’s resilient, resourceful, smart, and fiercely loyal and knows that nothing worth having is easily obtained.  He’s also jaded and extremely guarded when it comes to love.   How can he truly believe he’ll ever experience that purest of emotion when it’s eluded him all his life.  He’s purposefully sheltered his heart, determined not to be hurt again by anyone—not to let anyone inside.  It’s lonely, but necessary.  But then he meets Jaxon Markham—a man who makes him challenge his views on life and especially on love—his carefully erected walls began to crumble one by one, and he’s forced to admit that maybe the risk of being vulnerable with the right person is worth it—maybe.


“So you’re going out of town?”  His heart sank as he asked the question even while he told himself he was just being silly.  Jax couldn’t spend every second of the day with him.  They both had lives to live.

“Yeah, I have to fly to New York in the morning for a few days,” Jax unhappily replied.  Then his eyes lit up and he asked, “Why don’t you come with me?”

Ty balked and not at the thought of going away with Jax, but rather at his destination.  Oh hell no!  There was no way on God’s green earth that he was going to willfully set foot back in New York again if he could help it.  That city held nothing but heartache and pain that he didn’t want to relive again—Thank you very much.

“Thanks for the offer, but I can’t,” he declined with a forced half-smile.

“My treat,” Jax coaxed with one of his blinding grins.

“That’s too extravagant, besides, I have to work.  Remember?”

“I know you do.”  Jax’s lips turned down in disappointment.  “I thought you’d say no, but it was worth a shot.”

“How long will you be gone?”

“A few days.”  He leaned in and kissed Ty’s lips then playfully growled, “And you behave while I’m away.”

“Me?”  He gave an innocent look and placed a hand to his chest.  “You don’t have to worry about me.”

“I don’t?”

“Nope.”  Ty shook his head.  “I’ll be working, sleeping,”—he paused before admitting—“and missing you.”

“I like the sound of that.”

“Of course you do.”  Ty playfully rolled his eyes and then reluctantly asked, “What time is it?”

Jax reached for his phone and replied, “Two thirty.”

Boy, time had flown.  It always did when he was with Jax.  “I have to leave in about thirty minutes if I want to get to work on time.”

Jax shifted and stared down at him.  “Will you come back and stay with me tonight?”

“It’ll be late, probably after two.”

“I don’t care.  I want you to come back.”  Jax trailed fingers down his cheek.  “Can you find your way back here?  Do you want me to pick you up?”

“Don’t worry.”    Ty laughed and promised, “I can make it back.”  Unable to stop from touching Jax, he fingered the smooth tanned pecs.  His skin was warm and inviting, and Ty wanted to taste him to see if he was salty from the sea.  “Are you sure you want me to though, since you have to fly out early tomorrow?”

“I’m positive.”  Jax leaned down so close that he could see the darker flecks of blue in his pupils.  “I want to fall asleep with you in my arms and wake up beside you tomorrow morning.”

“That sounds nice,” he whispered, surprised he could articulate because Jax’s declaration had just knocked the air out of his lungs.

“Mmm, it does.  Doesn’t it?  And it will give me something to hold onto until I’m back home with you.”  Jax kissed him nice and slow and long.  When he lifted his head, he gave him a wink and ordered, “While I’m gone, just remember who you belong to.”

His heart thudded at Jax’s statement and the possessive look aimed at him.  He supposed he should be offended, and should tell Jax he didn’t belong to anyone but himself; however, he said nothing.  Instead, he reclined back on the chaise next to Jax, and closed his eyes to hide the emotions swimming in their depths.  He tried to swallow the lump that was clogging his throat to no avail.  Jax was right.  He did belong to him, and vice versa.

How had this happened?  How has Jax in a few short weeks so expertly obliterated each and every obstacle I’ve purposefully encased my heart in for years?  Ty had no idea, but one thing he did know without a doubt was that the man lounging beside him was going to forever change his life, and he was absolutely helpless to stop him.  He wasn’t even sure he wanted to try.

Turning his head to rest it on Jax’s shoulder, he sighed in contentment, feeling no desire to move back to his own lounger, and Jax seemed more than happy to have him stay right where he was.   Jax trailed fingers through his slightly damp hair before resting his hand over Ty’s heart, and it felt incredibly…right.  If he never had to move from this spot, he’d be happy.  What a monumental declaration that was.

Ty was lost, utterly and completely lost.  Or maybe…just maybe…he was finally found.

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Also, don’t miss Book 2 in the Infinity Series by C.J. Lynne.


Finally Letting Go
Infinity Series, Book 2

Brandon Rosen is tightly closeted, refusing to admit he craves an intimate relationship with a man. Simon Carter is a no-nonsense, out-and-proud gay man. For a multitude of reasons, the two can’t possibly work; however, tell that to the insane attraction that sparks to life between them, threatening to burn them alive.

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About C.J. Lynne

C. J. is first and foremost an avid reader of romance.  Nothing is better than watching two strong-willed people meet, connect and work through personal challenges and fight to overcome internal and outside obstacles to be together.

C. J. is a southerner who believes that love is love, and if you’re ever lucky to find it, you should hold onto it with both hands and feet.  C.J. writes love stories filled with emotion and hopes you—the reader—will enjoy them as much as C.J. enjoys creating them.

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