Title: A Better Man
Author: Jaime Reese
Publisher: Romandeavor Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Matthew Doner has been given a second chance. After a five-year prison term, he receives a bequest from an aunt on the condition that he uses the money to make things right. His challenge–create a safe place for people like him to find purpose and start a new life.
Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, and just what Matthew needs. Working as the contractor to renovate the crumbling house is the right job at the absolutely perfect time.
What neither man realizes is just how dangerous it is to keep secrets, nor how hard it can be to open your heart. Is one year enough time to renovate the house and become better men in the process?
I read many books per year, and often give new-to-me authors a try. Some of these books are good, some are so-so, a few are pretty bad, and once in a great while I find one that is so much more than simply a good book that it transcends the ordinary. Jaime Reese’s A Better Man is such a rare gem. Matt and Julian are both men striving to overcome their pasts and to make a better future. Matt is at the same time both incredibly strong and driven, and a hurt, vulnerable little boy struggling to overcome his unsympathetic and cold mother’s verbal abuse. Julian bears the physical scars of his father’s hatred, and works remarkably hard every day to be the kind of man his dead mother wanted.
The story of these two men coming together as friends, lovers, and each other’s reservoir of calm in life’s storm is enchanting. Trust grows, and a real friendship develops. Matt and Julian slowly fall deeply in love with each other, fit easily together, and fulfill each other’s need for love and acceptance. Their relationship embodies all that real love is about – even when deeply hurt by Matt’s reluctance to tell him about his past, Julian doesn’t leave Matt. Matt and Julian talk, work through their issues, and emerge with an even stronger bond. And Julian’s support of Matt in the face of his hateful mother’s criticism is unfailing and awe inspiring.
A Better Man speaks to that child inside of us all who may be lost, hurt, and desperately in need of our mother’s love and approval. Matt and Julian find in each other the person who holds each other’s hearts and future in the palm of their hand, and cradles them as valued and precious. In the words of Matt and Julian who answer each other’s “I love you” with “I love you more,” I love A Better Man more than I ever expected, and I cannot wait until the next in this new series by Jaime Reese is published.
Read this book! It’s lovely, romantic, sexy, heartwarming, and real. And the cherry on top? The yummiest book cover I’ve seen lately! Trust me … You will love Jaime Reese’s A Better Man!
I would like to thank Jaime Reese and Romandeavor Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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