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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - A Worthy Man (The Men of Halfway House #5) by Jaime Reese


Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography


A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.
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* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K




“Emotionally, beautiful and inspiring” - Amanda L Amazon Reviewer

“A great addition to this series. One of the most romantic books I've read this year.” - Bayou Book Junkie

“Overall...Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving.” - Two Book Pushers









“C’mon,” Drayton said, tugging Vann by the hand. After breakfast and a countertop quickie, they had immediately returned to the bedroom and had been hibernating there since. He had no objection to spending all day in bed, but he had a surprise for Vann and couldn’t stand waiting any longer. “I want to show you the rest of the house.”


“But I like the bedroom.”



Drayton chuckled, pulling him up with more force. “We can come back after.”



“Fine,” Vann grumbled, finally sitting up on the bed with a dramatic pout.



“You’re cute when you don’t get your way.”



“Cute enough to stay in bed?” He waggled his eyebrows and petted the bed. “It’s really soft.”



Drayton leaned in and gave Vann a chaste kiss, jerking back quickly to avoid his grasp.



Vann’s laughter filled the room. “Damn. You’re still super-fast.” He reluctantly stood and stretched his arms over his head.



Drayton’s lips parted, enjoying the flex of muscles.



“Like what you see?” Vann asked, delivering a cocky grin as he seductively licked his lower lip. “Let’s get back in bed—”



Drayton threw his head back and laughed. “You’re still persistent as hell. C’mon. I want to show you something.”



“I want to show you something too.”



“This is important.” Drayton crossed his arms. “We can skim the other rooms but there’s one that’s special. It’s…yours.”



Vann sobered. “You’ve given me enough to cover every event for the rest of my life and then some. I don’t want—”



“It’s also for me. I’ll watch you while you use the room.”



“Hmm.” Vann pursed his lips. “Okay, you’ve got my attention.”



After a little more bargaining, Drayton finally lured Vann out of the bedroom and down the hallway. He opened the door to his office and stepped inside. “This is the room I’m usually in when I’m here.”



“Not anymore.”



He chuckled as they exited the office. They walked down the hall to the room he’d had converted into a gym.



“Damn, this is nice.” Vann checked the different weight options and looked at each of the machines.



“You’ve got everything here for all types of routines. And if you don’t like the view, you’ve got a TV.”



“The view’s beautiful.”



“Whatever we need to change out or add, we’ve still got space. I do a lot of thinking while I’m on the treadmill, so we’re not getting rid of that.”



Vann chuckled. “Okay.” He walked over to Drayton and leaned in for a slow kiss.



“Mmm. What was that for?”



“Is this the room I’ll use while you watch me? I promise I’ll make you sweat too.” 

5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Debbie ~ Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


This is book five in the Men of Halfway House. It is a total stand alone within the series. But you should read the other books, if only because I said so and they are ALL five star reads. (I'm waiting for one to slip, but five books in and Reese is nailing every single one!)

Ten years ago, Vann saved Dray's life and paid for it with his own. Some 520 letters later, Dray is able to finally get back the man he loved. But Vann is a changed man, and it takes time for him to get used to the fact that Dray still wants him, still loves him and waited so very long for him.

I loved this!! Loved that Dray waited for Vann, loved that Vann could only hope for Dray.

When I saw teasers for this book, it said low angst. Now, compared to A Better Man, is is very low but this isn't about Aiden and Jessie, this is Vann and Dray's story. And for me, I found there to be a different level of angst. And it simmers and bubbles all the way through the book. You never know when it will let up, and I loved that.

Two things made this book for me.

One, the epilogue. All the way through, every time 'their tree' was mentioned, I thought, why aren't they going??  And then, they do!! And its so beautiful. So very very beautiful. It made me cry!

Two, when Vann says those three little words. Because up to THAT point, it didn't click that only Dray had said them!! I'm like. . He didn't, did he?? He didn't say them til that point, and again, I cried.

Oh. Wait. Three. There is a line in the book where the title makes total sense. And guess what? I cried.

Come to think of it, for a low angst book, I cried a lot. But still,an amazing addition to this series and I have no idea who might be next.

A beautifully written book of waiting, wanting and getting that second chance with the only man you ever loved.

All the guys from previous books pop up, and I loved that they do. There was a little recap about each pairing too.

So, an emotional, single sitting read, that can only warrant....

5 full stars

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

5 out of 5 (exceptional)


The Worthy Man is the fifth book in The Men of Halfway House series, and whilst we get quick catch ups with all the couples that we've met so far in the series, this book concentrates on Vann and Dray. My, what a couple! Vann is the gentle giant, and Dray is the people-awkward genius. Surely these two aren't a match? Well, you'd be wrong, because Jaime Reese has turned this couple into a pair that understand their differences, and use their individual strengths to help each other.

Vann was imprisoned for 10 years, and we don't get the full extent of what happened to him, but you get enough to know that it was sheer hell, and the thought of going back is more than Vann can deal with. Dray kept faith, hope and love alive for both of them whilst Vann was on the inside. Both of these men have to readjust and trust, and you are rooting for them the whole time.

There is also the storyline that involves D&V Infinity, Corporation (love that name!). Vann is needed there, but isn't confident enough to do so. Dray once again shows his faith and confidence in his man, but also allows him the space he needs. When the dragon slayer steps up, my heart started racing. LOVED IT!!!!

All in all, this is a fantastic addition to the series, that is exceptionally written. If there were any editing or grammatical errors in there, you'll have to forgive me for not noticing as I was simply blown away by the story. For the record, I don't think there were any, but I was so engrossed I wasn't really looking! Highly recommended by me, and I now have the urge to re-read all the previous books in the series, just so I can read this one again.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!







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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