Title: A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1)
Author Name: Jaime Reese
Publication Date & Length: January 16, 2014 – 210pgs
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.
This was a fantastic story. It had a little of everything, humor, love and drama. It had a wonderful plot that wasn’t just sex. It kept me interested and I adored Julian and Matt. It was so refreshing to read a story that involved two men trying to make a difference.
Julian was charming and quick witted, found myself chuckling at his comebacks. Such a strong, caring guy coming from an abusive childhood. Matt was on edge about everything, but I loved how they came together and slowly built their relationship. It was great how they had to work at the relationship and slowly trusted each other more and more. Best part of the whole book was when they took on Matt’s mom and the dad came around. Loved that part.
I expect the next book to just as good and can’t wait to read what happens at the halfway house.
I get this huge dorky grin on my face when I receive a message from someone who has taken the time to read my book. I know readers have a choice in a sea of many options. I’m humbled when someone chooses one of mine. Thank you. ~JR
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 🙂