Wednesday, June 17, 2020
RELEASE TOUR, EXCERPT & REVIEW - A Sweet Man (The Men of Halfway House #7) by Jaime Reese
Series: The Men of Halfway House
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance (stand alone)
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Two men. One sweet dream of family and forever.
Gabriel "Bull" del Toro loves his fast-paced globe-trotting job, but aches for an honest relationship and the trust that comes with it. After a few too many heartbreaks, he’s nearly given up hope of finding that special someone.
Born deaf, Ben is used to working twice as hard for what he wants, but risking a newfound friendship on an impossible dream is scary. After all, there’s one lesson he’s learned: everything is temporary—freedom, friends, even family.
Neither man expects the undeniable spark between them or for every moment together to fuel that connection. For the first time, a happily ever after is within reach, but they must trust that the dream of acceptance, family, and a place to call home is more than a sweet fantasy.
It can be forever.
A Sweet Man is an interconnected standalone within The Men of Halfway House series. It is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and never giving up on a dream. It includes wounded hearts, an age-gap romance, and enough cake and sweetness to give you a toothache.
An avid fan of Jamie Reese's The Men of Halfway House series, I was elated to read A Sweet Man, the seventh book in the series. This is a story with a whole lot of heart and sweetness.
From the first page, Ben is a lovable and broken character. After a series of bad choices and mistakes, he is headed back to Halfway House. And the emotions are out in full force.
Ben's an amazing character with many layers. He's deaf, he's been too trusting in his past, and he's trying to get back to life. He's hard on himself, but needs to give himself some slack. If nothing else, his love for bunny would make him lovable.
Gabe, aka Bull, is an ex service member who is now a bodyguard. He meets Ben through his sister, who happens to love and adore the sweet Ben.
These are two men who are vastly different. Their experiences, size, and opportunities each make them complete opposites. The complex nature of their relationship is fascinating. Ben's been abused in his past and usually would be terrified of the large and strong Gabe. Instead, it's his sexual interest that is front and center.
My favorite aspect of their relationship is the way they calm down and are able to refresh in one another's arms. It is pure and beautiful. I love them individually, and I love them as a couple. Together, they compliment one another perfectly and each make the other a better man.
The author's writing style is wonderful, with multi-layered characters and a fabulous storyline. The pace is great and the dialogue, often in ASL or typed, is impressive.
Ben's deafness is well written, with knowledge and care. The effects of his being deaf are well illustrated. The fascinating aspect however is the way he deals with communicating with people. He is a unique character who actually doesn't have a full understanding of ASL. The manner is which this part of the story unfollows is lovely.
A Sweet Man is a story that mixes romance, some of deaf culture, action and danger. This Jaime Reese book is a stellar addition to The Men of Halfway House. I love everything about this series and can't recommend it enough.
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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