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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House #4) by Jaime Reese

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.

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***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing.***

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Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.


5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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I'm not gonna write a blurby bit here, jumping straight in. I apologise if this waffles, and it goes off at a tangent, but this book?? is profound. Deep. Dark. So. Freaking. AWESOME! 

I gotta be real careful too, and some of this may sound a little vague but you don't want spoilers, right?? Good. Cos you *hopefully* won't find them here.

This is book 4 in The Men of Halfway House series. You should AT LEAST read books 2, A Hunted Man, and book 3, A Restored Man before you read this one. It will give you an better understanding as to why people are not here (book 2) and into Aidan's relationship with his brother Ty (book 3)

I found this a much darker read than the others. Both Aidan and Jessie have suffered. Both badly, but very differently. Aidan seems to be struggling the most, that Jessie is better at dealing with his trauma, until Jessie has a bad day and its obviously he is just better at hiding it than Aidan. 

What made this for me, was we get it all. All. Of. It. Aidan's flashbacks, Jessie's past resurfacing, how they deal, or rather don't deal with it.

It makes for powerful reading, emotionally difficult reading. It makes for a sobbing read, great ugly cries that will rip your heart out. I strongly suggest you DON'T read this on your lunch break at work, like I did! 

But it also has much lighter, funnier moments, mostly due to Cole's intense need to rile Aidan up! Proper laugh out loud moments. *See above!* Jessie has some funny moments and even Aidan manages a few.

I loved, absolutely LOVED how much patience these men had for the other. How they seemed to have infinite amounts of patience for their other halves, but neither man had any patience for themselves. And, unusually for me, I LOVED the early declarations of love. I don't usually like that, but right here, its perfect!

Characters from previous books appear at various points, and some new ones too. I loved the Task Force that Aidan finds himself part of. Those guys grew on me, hard!

As I said, a much darker read, with some child abuse, torture, imprisonment, and PTSD all are in this book. Some readers may not like that. There is a reader advisory on the Goodreads listing for this book.

I stayed up WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY past my bedtime reading this book, and if that happens, I told myself I would only rate those sorts of books 5 stars. BUT even if I had not done so, I would still give it...

5 stars!

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com upon release**

* I received this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. *


"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.

"Okay."

"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?"

"Google."

"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."
 


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.


The Men of Halfway House
A Better Man
A Hunted Man
A Restored Man
A Mended Man


…More to come…





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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the amazing review! :D

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