Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Restored Man by Jaime Reese

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

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: The Men of Halfway House #3
Main Characters: Cole and Ty
Release Date: February 2015
Publisher: Romandeavor
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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

My Review:
Jaime Reese is one of my auto-buy authors, so I was shocked when I opened up my unread m/m Kindle file and discovered that I hadn't read her latest yet. (I've obviously been too busy the last few months.)

And she proved yet again why she's on my auto-buy list. I just love her stories. 

This one is about Cole...he's living in the halfway house after spending two years in prison for stealing a car. He also has a runaway mouth issue. If a thought crosses his head, it's coming out of his mouth. I kind of loved that about him and luckily, so did his hero, Ty. After the last couple of years, Ty needed this kind of lightheartedness in his life. Part of Cole's problem is that he's really an intelligent guy and his brain can't keep up with all the many ideas flying through it. As a result, some of them come flying out of his mouth before he has time to reconsider. 

Cole is one of those people...at first he drives you nuts because he's so hyperactive and ADD, but then everyone falls in love with him because underneath it all, he has a heart of gold. Seriously, he is such a sweet guy and he truly cares about Ty. Even more, he has no idea about Ty's history so he treats Ty like normal...unlike every other person in Ty's life.

Two years ago, Ty was in a horrific car accident that changed him and his life. He's still recovering...both mentally and physically. But Cole doesn't know that which for the first time in a a long time, allows Ty to just be...without any expectations. That's freeing to him. But there are other, deeper things that tie these two together...grief. I loved how they bonded over their survivor's guilt and blame. It added a whole other level to the story. Jaime Reese is an amazing story teller. 

And there is a third character to this series that both these men are PASSIONATE about...cars. I loved the auto shop setting especially all the sexy visuals of the exotic super-cars. Even the basic settings like the paint booth were so well done by Jaime Reese. 

I was completely immersed into her world and could see every scene clearly. I loved the car shop, Cole's huge family and pushy siblings, Cole's old crew, and Ty's over-bearing brother. The climactic scene and Rio's part in it was simply perfection...what a great way to end that part of the story. 

While Ty finds this endearing, his brother, Aiden, hates it. I loved how grumpy Aiden always was with Cole...that side of the story really worked well. And despite that grumpiness, I began to fall a little in love with Aiden too. I hope he and Jessie get a story soon. Bring on Book #4!!


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