Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese

Title: A Hunted Man
Author: Jaime Reese
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: The Men of Halfway House #2
Main Characters: Cam and Hunter
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Romandeavor
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:

This was such a good book. I truly loved Cam and Hunter together. Constantly while I was reading this book, I would catch myself with a grin on my face because I flat-out enjoyed their banter and relationship. The story isn't an easy one...in fact it's very emotional and heartbreaking, but I couldn't believe how much I smiled throughout the book because the characters were just so fun, despite the heaviness of the plot. And that's why they worked so well together too...this is some heavy stuff happening to both of them, but when they are together, it's easier...lighter. LOVE that!

So the guys...Cam is a 27-28 yo ex-con who just got out of prison for serving 10 years for manslaughter...something that never should have happened to him. Hunter is the Asst. DA who has just gone over his 40th birthday. So not only do they have career road-blocks, but this is a bit of a May/Dec romance too. It all worked though and worked so well. Note: I love the fact that Hunter never once saw the fact that Cam is an ex-con as a reason to halt their relationship. That's such an easy conflict and I love that the author didn't utilize it. I love that she went so much deeper. 

There is a HUGE overall mystery/suspense story line here in this small town that  has been happening since before Cam went to jail. Hunter is in the middle of it just as his job, although he doesn't realize what's happening for a long time. It's only when Cam's name crosses his desk (after they've already been seeing each other) that he begins to truly see the depth of the intrigue. This was a complexly woven story line and I loved how the author gave us little teeny tiny threads to follow. So many of the twists took me by surprise and I truly had no idea where things were going to lead. I admit that at about 50-55% into the book, I began to get nervous about how all this would impact Cam. Great suspense here. I wanted to stop reading just because I didn't want it to go bad, but I couldn't...I had to know what happened. 

Everything about Cam and Hunter worked for me. I liked them together and how they work even with the age difference and the experience difference. I liked that Cam never held back with Hunter. He was never shy simply because the guy turned him on so much. Those scenes were incredibly hot and I could definitely feel the chemistry between them jumping off the page. 

There was so much about this book I loved:
*Hunter's dad...and their conversations which made me laugh
*The couple that own the diner and how they took Cam under their wing and trusted him from the get-go giving him confidence to live again.
*Matt & Julian from book #1...love seeing the halfway house grow into their dream
*Cam's latte art and how much pleasure he got from making it. That scene with Hunter with the first art made me laugh out loud.
*Cole and his obsession about cars. Another character who kept me smiling.
*Aidan & Jessie...Hunter's a good guy and the guys he chooses to work with are that way too. I liked both of these characters.
*Sunrise significance...sigh. So sweet...and yet, *sob* (Have I mentioned this before...this is just a good book!) 

Like I said, it was a great book. I think it was even better than the first, which I enjoyed too. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Jaime Reese does with this series.

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