Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House #3) by Jaime Reese

Title: A Restored Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #3
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: Adult, M/M Romance
Publish Date: February 17, 2015
Review Source: eARC provided for review
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole's list of interests. 

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He's defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken. 

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve. 

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.

This story was in a word "Perfect." Flawless execution from start to finish and I've come to expect nothing less from this incredibly talented author.

Cole Renzo is an ex con, staying at the Halfway House after being released from prison for getting caught boosting a car.  We met Cole for the first time in A Hunted Man (Book 2) and know that he's been promised Hunter's car when he completes his time at the Halfway House.  Of course there are conditions that go with that and that means he has to get and hold a job. Detective Adrian Colloway is going to be the keeper of that destiny as he takes Cole to the job site they lined up for him servicing, detailing and generally doing anything car related.  What could go wrong?

Ty Colloway has a haunted past if ever I've seen one in a book.  This poor guy has been through the ringer so when he meets smart mouth, quick witted Cole Renzo he's not sure what to make of the kid.  The two hit it off, albeit not immediately but Cole has to work extra hard to bust down the mile high walls around Ty's heart.

Ty is a quiet reserved guy, he doesn't flaunt his sexuality at his shop.  Cole is the complete opposite of Ty in every regard except for where cars are concerned.  The banter back and forth between these two will keep you on your toes and absolutely melt your heart.  This was by far and away my favorite of the series and I still have a tender spot for Julian and Matt from Book 1.  I love this series because Julian and Matt are still in every book, you keep seeing them grow as a couple.
Wait a minute.  Cole looked back and forth between Julian and Matt.  Julian's not pissed at Matt -- he never was.  They had one of those sickly sweet, always romantic I love you lick fest relationships you secretly wanted but would never openly admit.
Cole raised an eyebrow.  "Kiss me or I'll pull your pants down and blow you so hard you'll scream loud enough to make them come downstairs." 
I now want no NEED more of Cole and Ty and I hope desperately that we'll get more of them, maybe a Novella in the future?!  Pretty please Jaime with sprinkles and a cherry on top?!  Pick up the entire series The Men of Halfway House today and if you're caught up, grab A Restored Man, you definitely will not be disappointed!

Highly Recommend!

"I thought those were the service bays," Cole said, thumbing over his shoulder.
"They're for the traditional shop work my techs do on a daily basis. These are my service calls. Side project I'm doing and there's no money in it for the guys so I don't really want to burden them. I figured we could work on them and, in between, we could tinker with the Yenko if you want or wrap up the last few details on the Drayton rig. I worked on most of it over the weekend but there are still a few things to finish up."
Cole stopped walking. "You'd let me work on the Yenko with you?"
Ty nodded. "Sure, why not. I've seen how picky you are with your work."
"So it's my reward for helping you with your service calls?"
Ty chuckled. "Do you do tricks too?"
Cole raised an eyebrow and half smiled. "Oh, I've got a lot of tricks I can show you." He smiled at the rush of color to Ty's cheeks, loving the way Ty always reacted to his teasing.
"You do realize you're an HR nightmare," Ty said, looking at Cole with that glimmer in his eye.
Cole's pulse raced. "HR?"
"Human Resources. Sexual harassment, all that," Ty said, trying to look serious and indifferent, but failing miserably.
Cole belly-laughed so loud it echoed in the shop. He then stilled, straightened his shoulders, and mocked a serious tone. "I could, of course, be completely professional and proper with you, Mr. Calloway, if that is your preference," he said, mimicking Matt's formal tone.
Ty turned to face him, the mock seriousness transitioning into something more genuine. "And I, of course," he said, reciprocating Cole's tone, "would be deeply disappointed."
He looked up into those brown eyes and smiled. "My army of superheroes and I would be as well." He bit back a smile and bowed.
Ty's low rumble-laugh shot straight to Cole's dick.
Cole straightened. "Admit it, you like me."
Ty raised his hand and put his thumb and index fingertips together with only a sliver of a gap between them. "Maybe a little bit."
Cole looked at Ty's fingers then glanced back at him with a huge grin on his face. "It's a start," he said before walking off to the two cars parked in the bay.
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.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for participating in the tour and THANK YOU for the totally amazing review!! <3