Dana reviews A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House Book 5) by Jaime Reese (Published by Romandeavor, Inc., April 30, 2017, 402 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: The blurb of the book would have been enough to be draw me in, but since I reviewed the first four books of this series and loved them, I definitely didn’t want to miss out on the newest installment.
To read Dana’s review of A Better Man click here. To read Wendy’s review of A Better Man click here. To read Dana’s review of A Hunted man click here. To read Dana’s review of A Restored Man click here. To read Dana’s review of A Mended Man click here.
A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them.
Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.
Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.
After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.
Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.
Word count: 124,300
Although part of a series, this is a full-length stand-alone novel.
This series is made up of books featuring various characters who are involved with a halfway house. The first book was a sweet romance between the man who decided to make the halfway house and the contractor who repaired/rebuilt the house. After that each book became more intense when it was discovered that there were some shady dealings behind some of the ex-prisoners incarcerations. More mystery was introduced to the series with a big discovery that allowed one of the main characters in this book to be paroled after ten years of wrongful imprisonment.
The author went back to a sweet romance for this book, that takes place between a successful business man, Drayton, and the man who went to prison for protecting him, Vannguard. Drayton and Vann were high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the track. Drayton’s family was rich and influential and Vann’s was poor and had a bad reputation. The only thing they had in common was the lousy parents they both had. Both of them found the love they never had in each other’s arms. My heart was melting until Vann was put behind bars and the injustice had my blood boiling.
The main part of the story starts with Vann getting out of prison and moving to Julian and Matt’s halfway house. I love Julian toughness and Matt’s sweetness and the fact that both of them really do want to see their residents succeeding in the outside world. Drayton fought tooth and nail to get Vann out of prison and the moment they see each other again is a relief but things are a bit shaky because, duh, Vann has just lived ten miserable years in a maximum security prison. His senses aren’t quite adjusted to being semi free. As he tries to make his way back into a normal life, I had great respect for his tenacity and his drive to be better than the person that society thinks he is.
Drayton is a sweet character. He has kind of closed himself off from others. He was never good at reading people and the only person who ever understood him was gone for so long. His family disowned him, but to be honest that was a good thing because they were just awful. It didn’t stop him from rising to the top, either. His genius when it came to mechanics and engineering allowed him to build a very expensive and revolutionary car and the rest is history. Except his need to get a new model made and he needs Vann to do it.
There is a bit of push and pull between the two characters. Vann doesn’t ever want to feel like he is getting hand outs. He wants to earn his place in Drayton’s world. As far as Drayton is concerned, Vann was always meant for better things. They stubbornly butt heads at times, but their love for each other only grows stronger each chapter and never wavers. By time the end of the book came, my eyes were shining with happy tears. A little bit of heartache in there for the time they lost, but happiness that Vann and Drayton are the type to always fight for each other. The book left a warm feeling in my heart and I definitely recommend it.
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.
…and yes, it was totally weird reading something about myself in 3rd person 🙂