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Monday, May 2, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ A Mended Man by Jamie 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.
"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."
 

REVIEW


I have been waiting fort his follow up forever. I was so excited Aidan and Jess were getting their own story. Jamie did NOT disappoint!

This book is quite long, I won't lie to you. It is actually split into 3 parts: Surviving, Recovering, and Mending. Mending being a majority. It's very intense and such a slow burn, for good reason.
Both these men have such bad pasts that it takes A LOT of mending. Jamie did such a good job with Aidan. I don't know how he has come this far, and with Jessie by his side, he goes so much further. Even with Jessie's own past, he is such a rock for Aidan. Jessie is patient and determined, and it is just what Aidan needs.

Some people *may* think the slow burn is too long, but trust me when I say it's not. There is a reason for this on Aidan's part and you don't want to miss it. No matter how heart breaking it is. Even still, I didn't shed any tears for him. He had Jess to help him through, he always knew what to say and it's almost like you trusted Jess to get you through it as well as Aidan, it was kind of odd to have that much faith in a character.

"For the first time in his life, everything felt right and connected - in his mind, body, and spirit. As if the reason he had struggled his entire life was simply to recognize and avoid questioning the perfection and the rightness of this one single moment"

This book is wonderful and beautifully worded. Jessie has a gift with words. I loved how he could read Aidan and basically speak for him when he couldn't find the right thing to say when he was lost in his own thoughts. I also like they had hidden parts to themselves that no one else got to see. Aidan with his past and what he finds as weakness and Jessie with his bossy ways. normally in public he is pretty soft spoken, but when it comes to Aidan, he doesn't let him get away with much. If it is acceptable to say 2 grown men are adorable, then these guys are it.

I was thinking i have NO clue as to who the next could be about, but that's a lie. There's a not-so-little case that Jessie reveals to Aidan when he is working to plan a deal with the Starman. I think that if this IS the next installment, it's going to be a doozy!

I give this book 4.5 Team Calloway Stars
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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