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Title: A Mended Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #4
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2016
Photographer: wagnerLA Photography
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.
Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.
But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.
***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing.***
Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.
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What Others Are Saying:
“A beautiful story of love making you whole again!” – Bike Book Reviews
“Heartbreakingly beautiful” – Amazon Customer Review
“As always the wait was worth it and Jaime delivers yet another stunning but very
different book.” – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
“So…where are we going?” Jessie asked, returning the items to the pantry and the refrigerator. He hadn’t expected Aidan to arrive home early, and he definitely hadn’t expected him to announce a dinner excursion, especially not after spending so much time on the couch lately, having far too much fun to want to escape the house.
“Wherever you want to go is fine. You’re always cooking and you stay in the house unless you’ve got an appointment, so I figured a break would be nice. To get out, do something…different. As long as I can pick a steak, I’m fine with any place you want to go.”
“You choose the spot. Surprise me,” Jessie said.
“So where are we going?”
“Uh, I thought you said to surprise you?”
Jessie bit his lip, trying to disguise the humor at seeing Aidan squirm. He figured Aidan was probably getting a little edgy lately, always giving in and letting Jessie get his way each time. “I need to know what to wear.”
“A suit. Definitely a suit. A dark one. Either the blue one or the charcoal.”
“So it’s a date?” Jessie asked, trying to contain the flutter in his chest. He cherished their time hanging out on the couch or back porch but going out in public together? Definitely one heck of a milestone.
“Uh, okay,” Aidan said with a pinched expression.
“It’s not a date?”
Aidan rubbed the back of his neck. “If you want to do something else too, we can.”
“We don’t have to do anything else. Dinner’s fine.”
“Okay. So it’s not a date?” Aidan said, scratching his stubble.
Jessie hid a grin at Aidan’s confusion. “How about you tell me. Do you want it to be a date?”
“I want to take you out to dinner. I want you to wear a suit, because you look hot as hell in them. If that makes it a date, then cool. It’s a date. But if I have to do something else to make it a date, like a movie or…fuck if I know…a walk on the beach or something. Let me know and we’ll do that too.”
Jessie wrapped his arms around Aidan’s neck. “Where did you get that from?”
“I think you better leave the research to me.” Jessie chuckled.
“As long as you wear your suit.” Aidan snaked his arms around Jessie’s waist and leaned in for a quick kiss.
Jessie nuzzled Aidan’s neck. “And you need to keep your stubble. It’s hot.”
“You like soft balls and hard stubble. I think you’re confused regarding what you want.”
“I know exactly what I want. I want all of you, soft and hard and everything in between.”
Review by Roroblu’sMum
This could more accurately be called MENDED MEN. A sweet, emotional, healing and romantic tale about the power of loving and being loved.
Technically, book 4 in The Men of Halfway House series can be read as a standalone, but as the previous leads from the series pop up throughout this, and because their tales are equally brilliant, I’d recommend reading them in order. You’ll be missing out if you don’t.
The 14 month wait for this book was totally worth it. Jaime Reese gave me a blurb that suggested how the tale would go, and then gave me a prolog that kind of cemented my thoughts, but then totally turned the book around and had me wondering if I’d perhaps missed some clue or something in a previous tale to be so stunned by what she dropped. Yes the tale deals with some painful and traumatic issues and it is darker than the others, but there was some very welcome comic relief in the form of Cole (Aidan’s ‘self-professed future brother-in-law’) and his MyTy, with support from Hunter, Julian, and Matt when the guys needed them. And, it was incredibly romantic. Yes, romantic in an old-fashioned sense, especially when Aidan tells Jess that he’s it for him and suggests that they…(sorry, I’m teasing, but I can’t Spoiler this for you).
The pace of the tale is very different to the others, as there’s both physical and mental healing going on, but what I loved most about it, is that both leads admitted their feelings for each other to themselves and that love, unfaltering and unselfish, helped them both. I can’t tell you which of the leads said the actual words to the other first, and said them without needing to hear them back, which was yet another form of giving. But, words weren’t necessary as the actions of both spoke of love, of putting the other’s needs and wants first.
Whilst there were some sex scenes in this, they weren’t as hot or frequent as in the other tales, but there’s more than one good reason for this, and what there is suited both leads and ended up being a form of therapy, mental and physical and healing for them both. Personally, I’d have liked a scene or two more, but, I realise that this would have trivialised what had happened in their pasts, the steps both had taken to reach the point where they could make love fully and had there been more, it would have ended up feeling like JR was using the some kind of gay romance instruction book with ‘insert X number of sex scenes in a tale of this length’ formula. But she didn’t, and she doesn’t do formula. Thank goodness.
The tale moves the series on, and I’m thinking that perhaps we’ve been introduced to more than one future lead (it’s no secret that we meet a lead from book 5 in this, as that’s info available on the author’s website). I loved that stuff hanging over some of the leads from previous books got resolved, and I’m hoping that we’ll get to see the happy event that a certain side character in this tale mentioned. The first in the series, but at the same time, I’m not sure whose happy event we’ll get to see, as I can see at least two, if not more, couples for whom this happy event is a pretty much a dead cert.
All I can hope now is that JR doesn’t keep fans waiting too long for book 5, or she may find me stalking her website again – she knows what I mean 🙂
e-ARC courtesy of the author in return for an honest review.
Meet the Author
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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In The Series:
A Better Man (The Men of the Halfway House #1)
A Hunted Man (The Men of the Halfway House #2)
A Restored Man (The Men of the Halfway House #3)
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2 Signed Copies of A Mended Man (US ONLY – When available)
$10.00 Amazon Gift Card (INT)