Reading this 3rd story in The Men of Halfway House series reminds me of taking the first bite of a huge piece of black forest cheesecake: You know you’re going to like it even before the first taste, but once the rich combination of flavors burst onto your tongue, you are awash with the deliciousness of experience …
Author: Jaime Reese
Publisher: Romandeavor, Inc
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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.
Lately I’ve been on an unplanned, albeit necessary, sabbatical of sorts from reviewing my beloved gay romances. Life unfortunately got in the way of my fun, but I am happy to once again wade into the Prism wonderfulness. And what a story for my return: Jaime Reese’s A Restored Man.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first two in Reese’s fabulous The Men of Halfway House series, you should stop whatever you’re doing, and immediately read them. (I’m serious … just stop, and read these stories. You will thank me later!) The third in this series, A Restored Man, may be read as a stand-alone story, but you really should enjoy the entire series read in order to properly savor the interaction of characters from the earlier books.
A Restored Man tells the story of Ty and Cole. Ty, a man riddled with guilt as the only survivor of a terrible car accident that took the life of his parents, is a shadow of the happy man he once was. Cole, an incredibly talented auto repair and restoration genius, lives life with virtually no filter, and has paid the price for his impulsiveness and free-speaking mouth.
Jaime Reese has the unique ability to weave stories that lure the reader inside the story – Her characters are so very rich, humanly flawed, and real that the reader becomes truly invested in the happiness of the characters. Both Ty and Cole are inherently good men. However, they are both in dire need of restoration: A part of Ty died with his parents and during his long, painful recovery, and Cole’s less than stellar life decisions has placed his future (and present) in peril. They find within each other that which fulfills the other, and together they are whole.
I just love this story. It’s not as overtly angst filled as the first two books in this series, but it does have exciting action as Ty and Cole overcome a real threat to their happiness and future. Also, the guys from the earlier The Men of Halfway House stories appear in this story, giving the series a continued feeling of continuity.
Ty and Cole’s story is sweet, sexy, and one that will leave your heart full and warm. Please read this book, and lets all say a prayer to the gay romance author gods asking that Jaime Reese never run out of her amazing and yummy stories of The Men of Halfway House.
I would like to thank the publisher 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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