Thursday, May 8, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2) by Jaime Reese

Title: A Hunted Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #2
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: April 29, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for review

After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he's lonely.

Hunter's world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he's ever experienced. When Cam's past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam's hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they'll have to get past Hunter first.

Let's start by saying that I absolutely loved A Better Man (Book 1) but this one was even better.  As far as books being written in the M/M genre I think there are authors that are taking it easy and those that are putting it all out there, and this series it the latter.  Now, that being said, The Men of Halfway House series is more of a suspense/romance than say erotica but the heat is definitely there and it is done right!

This second installment follows the guest that Matt and Julian were preparing to acquire as their first house guest in A Better Man.  Cameron Pierce just spent ten years in prison for manslaughter.  A list of other charges were thrown in to boot and all were completely bogus but Cameron was young, he'd just killed a man and to this day he believes himself to be a murderer, why else would he have been stuck in prison for his entire young adult life?  Now 28 years old he's out of prison, headed with Sam to The Halfway House and desperately wants to stay on the outside of those prison walls.  He has to do drug tests randomly and procure a job, which is when Matt hooks him up with Lucy and Bill at a local diner.  Cam couldn't be more happy than working for this elderly pair, taking on responsibility for the first time in a decade and finally earning a little money for himself.  That is until he meets Hunter.

Hunter has just turned the big 40, he is a Lawyer who works himself silly and hasn't had a relationship in who knows how long.  He's works for the State and is tirelessly trying to end the drug trade that seems to be getting so much worse.  He stops in at the local diner everyday for one of Lucy's famous fresh from the oven cookies.  But when he stops by on this one particular afternoon, he is met by a young man, with piercing blue eyes and he finds he can't take his eyes off the man.  He doesn't know if he's gay but damn if he doesn't want him to be.  They can't break the stare they are locked in and neither of them can look away.  

It's love at first site for these two but Cameron doesn't trust easily, he believes Hunter will run when he finds out who he really is and wants to keep their relationship fun and easy within the confines of the diner walls while he is working.  Hunter won't push, he'll let Cameron come to him when he's ready, he is sure he has his reasons.  When the truth comes to light, will Hunter run, or will his feelings for this man with the piercing blue eyes keep him rooted in place and help Cam weather the storm that is brewing inside and around him?

I could go on and on but you wouldn't have to read it ... I just love these two together.  The way Hunter is supportive of Cam reminds me of Kane and Avery in Kindle Alexander's Always.  You'll go a large portion of the book before the first throw down all out sex feast between these two but when it happens hold on to your panties ladies, because these two are smokin'.  Jaime has a unique way of telling a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  Just when you think you have it all figured out the boom happens and you are left with a big "What just happened!" or "Didn't see that coming!" Expect the unexpected from Jaime Reese and pick up A Better Man if you haven't started the series, if you have, pick up A Hunted Man today and fall in love with The Men of Halfway House!

Hunter stood in line and watched Cam tend to the few lingering post-lunchtime customers. Cam's smile came a little easier and his stance less guarded.

His body, although still lean, was tighter and a little broader from the yard work at the halfway house. A slight tan colored his skin now, the faint golden tone further accentuating the blue in his eyes and the white of his smile. His hair had a sprinkling of highlights as if the sun had kissed his head. Sunrises gave him hope, but they also seemed to awaken a natural physical beauty that had been hidden for far too long.

"How can I help you? Sir," Cam said when it was finally Hunter's turn at the register.

Hunter leaned over the counter. "You know that drives me nuts."

Cam smiled and grabbed Hunter's tie to pull him closer. "I know." After a quick peck, Cam released him.

Hunter reached over and rubbed Cam's stubble. "Are you letting this grow out?"

Cam shrugged. He looked away and scratched his growing scruff. "It makes me look older."

"Since when do you want to look older?"

Cam shrugged again and fidgeted with the receipts.

Realization finally hit Hunter. He grabbed Cam's chin and forced him to make eye contact. "Are you doing that for me?"

Cam's mouth narrowed and his brows lowered. "There's not much I can do for you. So if growing some hair on my face will make you feel a little less self-conscious, then I'll grow a full fucking beard if I have to."

Book 1

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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