Wendy reviews ‘A Better Man’ by Jaime Reese (Men of Halfway House 1). This book was published by Romandeavor, Inc on January 14th, 2014 and is about 211 pages long. This is the 2nd edition of the book.
This is my Readers Choice Review and I was absolutely delighted to be able to review Jaime Reese’s ‘A Better Man’. It was wonderful to reacquaint myself with the men of Halfway House. I remember when this book was released and I found out that the author was also the cover artist. I am still in awe that so much talent can be in one person. The cover is stunning.
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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.
The main characters in this book are Mathew and Julian. Mathew is trying to rebuild himself after a five-year prison sentence. He buys a building that is all but falling apart and sets about trying to find someone to help him turn it into his vision of what he believes would honor his late Aunt, a Halfway House. The perfect way to pay homage to the memories of his Aunt, who accepted and loved him just the way he was, and his one friend from prison who died shortly after being released while living on the streets with nowhere to go. He can offer a safe place for others to rebuild and start again. This is how he meets Julian.
Julian is a construction contractor who is struggling to even pay rent and needs work fast. He is desperate enough to answer an ad in the paper for a handyman. When he walks up to the house he knows instantly that handyman isn’t what should have been used to describe the job in the paper. This place needs a complete overhaul, but Julian can already see what promise the building has and wants the job. He takes the job, moves in and begins a year- long renovation of a building that he isn’t even being told what it will be in the end.
Julian and Matthew, apart from finding each other attractive, don’t get along very well at the start of the story. They take their time getting to know each other and building their relationship. The men are endearing and sexy and their story is beautiful and full of angst.
They didn’t fall right into bed with each other, but they had amazing chemistry from the beginning and just the sexual tension had me breathing hard. Once they got to the sex… wow.
I loved watching them support each other through some really rough patches. I also loved how the story was about adults doing adult things and actually acting like adults. The characters were full of emotion and sometimes they didn’t know what to do with it, but they faced their issues and made things work. The love these two men have for each other and the deep belief in what they are doing make them one of the best book couples I have read.
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but is the beginning of a series. That being said, there is a lot going on in this book and you should definitely read it before any of the other books in the series, because it sets them up very nicely.
The attention to detail in this book is amazing. Being the first book in this series, there is a lot of background covered. Still, the scenes just seemed to flow effortlessly. This is one of the best first books to a series that I’ve ever read.
I highly recommend this book and know there will be a lot of people getting the next book in this series just as fast as they can.
9.5/10 (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
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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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