Why I read this book: I read the first book in The Men of Halfway House and was more than happy to review the second book for it’s blog tour.I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. To read my review of A Better Man click here. Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of review.
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.
Published by: Romandeavor, Inc. April 27, 2014, 379 pages
My Review: I was really happy to see Julian and Matt from A Better Man return for this book, this time helping Cam, an ex-con, have a normal life, a better life after prison. Though they are mostly supporting characters, they are still vital to the story. Helping Cam move on mentally, Julian acts as a bad-ass protector of him physically when Cam’s past doesn’t want him to move on.
In the first book, Matt was wrongly jailed, and though Cam did have a part to play in his arrest, he was much more a victim than Matt ever was. A Hunted Man was much more than what I expected from reading a book about former prisoners living in a halfway house. It’s a story of widespread corruption and plenty of action and violence occur.
Hunter, an assistant DA, meets Cam before he knows that he was an ex-convict. They fall for each other before Hunter discovers his office is playing a terrible role in arresting and imprisoning scapegoats while the higher-ups of the city deal in drugs and murder. Then he discovers that Cam is a central figure that the corrupt system is trying to eliminate. For a lawyer, he is surprisingly bad-ass himself and won’t let anyone take away his new found chance at happiness.
I was very drawn into the story and loved Cam and Hunter as a couple. They had the right amount of romanticism and strength, and their passion was scorching. I definitely recommend A Hunted Man and A Better Man to be added to the to be read pile of any fan of m/m romance with a side of government corruption and great action scenes.
Hunter stood in line and watched Cam tend to the few lingering post-lunchtime customers. Cam’s smile came a little easier and his stance less guarded.
His body, although still lean, was tighter and a little broader from the yard work at the halfway house. A slight tan colored his skin now, the faint golden tone further accentuating the blue in his eyes and the white of his smile. His hair had a sprinkling of highlights as if the sun had kissed his head. Sunrises gave him hope, but they also seemed to awaken a natural physical beauty that had been hidden for far too long.
“How can I help you? Sir,” Cam said when it was finally Hunter’s turn at the register.
Hunter leaned over the counter. “You know that drives me nuts.”
Cam smiled and grabbed Hunter’s tie to pull him closer. “I know.” After a quick peck, Cam released him.
Hunter reached over and rubbed Cam’s stubble. “Are you letting this grow out?”
Cam shrugged. He looked away and scratched his growing scruff. “It makes me look older.”
“Since when do you want to look older?”
Cam shrugged again and fidgeted with the receipts.
Realization finally hit Hunter. He grabbed Cam’s chin and forced him to make eye contact. “Are you doing that for me?”
Cam’s mouth narrowed and his brows lowered. “There’s not much I can do for you. So if growing some hair on my face will make you feel a little less self-conscious, then I’ll grow a full fucking beard if I have to.”
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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.
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