A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese ~ Excerpt and Release Day Review by Leisa with Giveaway

The much anticipated sequel to one of my favorite books this year … A Better Man!  (And check out the stunning eyes staring from cover of A Hunted Man!)

A-Hunted-Man400x600Title: A Hunted Man

Author: Jaime Reese

Publisher: Romandeavor

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

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.

My View:

Whenever I truly love a book, I am always filled with excited anticipation, as well as a bit of trepidation, before beginning to read its sequel. I want the sequel to be as good as the first book, but I’m a little fearful that it will be lacking and disappoint.  Since A Better Man is one of my favorite books I’ve read lately, I held my breath and crossed my fingers as I began to read A Hunted Man, the second in Jamie Reese’s The Men of Halfway House Series. What I found was a beautiful, intriguing love story that truly exceeded my expectations. It is the perfect follow up story for A Better Man!

Matt and Jaime have opened their halfway house for parolees, and Cam is their first guest. His life has been filled with betrayal and disappointment, and he’s cautious and fearful to hope that his future will be better than his past. He meets Hunter, an Assistant State Attorney, at his new bakery job. Hunter is a lonely man, and he is soon drawn to beautiful Cam’s sweet sincerity. They begin an absolutely lovely, emotional and amazing relationship.

First and foremost, A Hunted Man is a great story – not just a delicious love story. The story line is filled with mystery and intrigue, genuinely likable main characters, delightful and colorful secondary characters, painfully real emotions, and, of course, sweet and yummy love. Jamie Reese’s character development is also amazing. Best of all, the chemistry between Cam and Hunter just sizzles. Each look, cup of coffee, kiss and touch – Oh so very hot!

There are many aspects I simply love about Jamie Reese’s stories … the main of which is, unlike many characters in other romance books who allow misunderstandings or disagreements to cause serious problems in their relationships, the characters in Reese’s stories are stalwart in their commitment. They are loyal, they stick together when times are tough, they don’t allow petty arguments or misunderstandings to drive a wedge between them, they communicate, and they always have each other’s backs. This is true of Cam and Hunter. Their relationship is tested by serious issues, as well as by powerful outside forces, but Hunter’s devotion and love renew Cam’s faith in hope and their future together.

Of course I recommend you read A Hunted Man (although it can be read as a stand-alone story, I do think it is best when following A Better Man). Buy this book, read this story, fall in love with Cam and Hunter, and renew your own faith in love and happy endings.

Excerpt

Cameron Pierce didn’t really know what to expect when the entire nightmare began days before his eighteenth birthday, but here he was, standing behind a large metal door waiting for it to open and grant his freedom. Nine years, eight months, two weeks, and five days of hell. Even though he had to stay in a designated halfway house for the next few months, at least he wouldn’t have these bars or barbed wire fences to constantly remind him of his nightmare.

He fidgeted. In exchange for almost ten years of his life, the prison system gave him a hundred bucks for expenses during transfer, and a plain, standard-issue cardboard box containing his personal items—a watch, ten bucks, and a pack of gum. Everything broken or useless, which pretty much mirrored his existence. He ditched the box and everything else then pocketed the cash. 

The gears of the large metal door ground as they inched open. Cameron shifted his weight from foot to foot, waiting for just enough space to squeeze through the door. He looked over to the guard and concluded he’d be better off attempting to walk out of this prison with a little dignity. At the pace these doors opened, he figured he’d age another decade in the process. He closed his eyes and counted, begging for a little patience to come his way. He finally heard the grinding stop and opened his eyes.

There, in the middle of the empty parking lot, Sam leaned against a car with crossed arms and a smile.

Cameron groaned as he finally exited the prison gates.

Mr. Samuel Issacs, rehabilitation officer, also secretly campaigned for sainthood every chance he had. His job was to help a group of assigned inmates rejoin the world with others but his mission was to mentor them. Sam wanted to talk, help, and offer support. Cam, on the other hand, knew better than to open his mouth, and he damn sure wasn’t going to risk Sam becoming some form of collateral damage. 

Cam had learned that lesson the hard way.

“Hey, Sam,” he said once he arrived where Sam was parked. 

“Hey, Cam. I thought I’d give you a ride to the halfway house instead of having you take the bus,” he said as he opened the passenger side door of the car.

Cameron waited, not sure if sitting in a car for hours with Saint Sam was a good idea. 

“C’mon, Cam.  I can guarantee you the drive with me will be better than a busload of people coming back from Universal Studios with stinky feet and a crapload of gas.” 

Cameron groaned.

Sam laughed. “Besides, I already filled out the paperwork so you’re stuck with me. Get in.”

Cam didn’t say a word. He climbed into the car, sat in the passenger seat, and then closed the car door.

“Buckle up, it’s the law.”

“Are you kidding me?”

“Nope, state of Florida, it’s the law.”

“Since when?”

“Just strap in so we can get out of here.”

Cameron groaned again as he pulled the belt and clicked it in place. He hated the way it cut into his damn shoulder. Who knew what else had changed while he was in prison. Just another reminder of things he had missed. He shifted in his seat only to have his movement limited by the seat belt restraint. 

Wonderful. 

Here he was, finally out of prison, yet somehow still found a way to be constrained in a small enclosed area.  Hell, this was even smaller than the six-by-eight cell he’d called home for almost a decade. 

How ironic.

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I would like to thank Jamie Reese for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Giveaway

Jaime would like to give one lucky commenter their very own Kindle copy of A Hunted Man.

Contest ends 4 May 2014 @11:59pm CDT.  Must be 18 or older, void where prohibited.

 

Farewell Giveaway
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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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