A Restored Man (Men of Halfway House #3)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary Romance
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.
A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.
Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.
“I thought those were the service bays,” Cole said, thumbing over his shoulder.
“They’re for the traditional shop work my techs do on a daily basis. These are my service calls. Side project I’m doing and there’s no money in it for the guys so I don’t really want to burden them. I figured we could work on them and, in between, we could tinker with the Yenko if you want or wrap up the last few details on the Drayton rig. I worked on most of it over the weekend but there are still a few things to finish up.”
Cole stopped walking. “You’d let me work on the Yenko with you?”
Ty nodded. “Sure, why not. I’ve seen how picky you are with your work.”
“So it’s my reward for helping you with your service calls?”
Ty chuckled. “Do you do tricks too?”
Cole raised an eyebrow and half smiled. “Oh, I’ve got a lot of tricks I can show you.” He smiled at the rush of color to Ty’s cheeks, loving the way Ty always reacted to his teasing.
“You do realize you’re an HR nightmare,” Ty said, looking at Cole with that glimmer in his eye.
Cole’s pulse raced. “HR?”
“Human Resources. Sexual harassment, all that,” Ty said, trying to look serious and indifferent, but failing miserably.
Cole belly-laughed so loud it echoed in the shop. He then stilled, straightened his shoulders, and mocked a serious tone. “I could, of course, be completely professional and proper with you, Mr. Calloway, if that is your preference,” he said, mimicking Matt’s formal tone.
Ty turned to face him, the mock seriousness transitioning into something more genuine. “And I, of course,” he said, reciprocating Cole’s tone, “would be deeply disappointed.”
He looked up into those brown eyes and smiled. “My army of superheroes and I would be as well.” He bit back a smile and bowed.
Ty’s low rumble-laugh shot straight to Cole’s dick.
Cole straightened. “Admit it, you like me.”
Ty raised his hand and put his thumb and index fingertips together with only a sliver of a gap between them. “Maybe a little bit.”
Cole looked at Ty’s fingers then glanced back at him with a huge grin on his face. “It’s a start,” he said before walking off to the two cars parked in the bay.
Nessa: Why did you become a writer?
Jaime: I love the creative process of writing and I love telling a story. I can easily say Julian Capeletti forced me to take that extra step. He had a story and wanted me to write it. He’s the driving force behind my first book, A Better Man, and the series.
N: If the zombie apocalypse happened tomorrow would you be ready?
J: Is anyone ever really ready for the zombie apocalypse?
N: What is your favorite genre to read?
J: M/M Romance, as long as it has a happily ever after. I also read some M/F but I tend to focus on specific authors.
N: Where do you see yourself three years from now?
J: I’d love to continue both writing and designing cover art.
N: What is the one thing your readers don’t know about you, but you wished to share?
J: Some readers may not know I’m also a cover artist. I write under a pen name, but do carry over the “Reese” in my name into both creative areas.
My Review: 5/5 Stars
I think I was a little to excited when this book was set to come out. I mean but can you really blame me. These are the men of Halfway House.
Cole is out on parole because he went to jail for boosting cars to contribute to the family after his brother died in the military. Now he is trying to get his life on track and get the sexy car that was left to him. All he has to do is stay out of trouble.
Ty blames himself for his parents death. He has withdrawn into himself. That is until Cole comes to work for him. I mean who wouldn’t want to laugh around Cole. Ty slowly comes out of his shell and everyone that cares about him is happy for him.
But then Ty and Cole’s happiness is threatened and they are racing against the clock. Will they make it?
I had waited with bated breath for my ARC copy of A Restored Man and don’t get me wrong I bought the book too. I loved the chemistry between Cole and Ty. They went so well together. Both of their pasts were heartbreaking and I wanted to cry for them both.
Then when the bad guy came and threatened there happiness, I never wanted to jump into a book and strangle the culprit so badly. If it wasn’t impossible I would have done it.
I can rant and rave about this book, but I won’t. You need to see what all the buzz is about with the men at the Halfway House. You will definitely want to know what superhero underwear Cole owns. Trust me it’s a wide variety. There is loyalty and camaraderie that you wouldn’t think you would see. Ok sorry I lied, but I am done. Now what are you waiting for, an invitation. I already gave you that. Oh and Cole hat does come off, in the most wonderful of ways.
Men of Halfway House Series
A Better Man (Book #1)
Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.
Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.
Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.
A Hunted Man (Book #2)
After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.
Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he’s lonely.
Hunter’s world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he’s ever experienced. When Cam’s past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam’s hope for a future begins to dim.
These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they’ll have to get past Hunter first.
Black Coach tote + signed copy of A Restored Man + Calloway’s keychain. US ONLY
Coach umbrella + signed copy of A Restored Man + Calloway’s keychain. (International)
(5 winners) Signed copies of A Restored Man + Calloway’s keychain (International)
(3 winners) ONE eBook of either A Better Man or A Hunted Man (gifted via Amazon)
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.