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A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House Book 1) by [Reese, Jaime]
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Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he's played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt's crumbling building.

Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there's a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.

69,034 words. 2nd edition. Revised and expanded.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Romandeavor, Inc.; 2nd edition (14 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HW6X8ZE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,400 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I found this to be quite a great read and am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book in the series to be released. If you read authors such as SE Jakes or JL Merrow, this series is similar in style and will fill the time between new releases quite nicely. Also great to read if you only have time in short bursts, such as on the train or after the kids are in bed, but is also great to smash out in a day (which i did).
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Even with the star rating I have given this book I still would recommend it. For me it doesn't rate as highly as other books in comparison. I enjoyed the storyline and have even started reading book 2. If you want that book you can read on the train or at the coffee shop this is one of those books.
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While the story line was great, the characters became to sappy. More dominance was needed to alpha the story up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 27 July 2012
By Donald P. Bradshaw - Published on
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I found this to be an amazing book. RJ Scott and new author, Jaime Reese, have melded their writing styles and come up with a seamless story. This is the first book in what will hopefully be an awesome series. Jaime Reese is an author to keep your eye on. Julian Capeletti is a contractor down on his luck in a bad economy and two months late on his rent. He spots a want ad looking for a handyman in the newspaper and decides to check it out. Matt Doner is an ex-con recently out of jail who inherited some money from his aunt along with the message to "make things right". Matt sells his loft and uses his inheritance to buy a ramshackle house in Miami's business district with the dream of turning it into a halfway house for ex-cons like himself who need some where to start over. Julian is a fairly free spirited and kind of snarky guy who ruffles Matt's feathers as soon as they meet. Matt hires Julian anyway because no other contractor has even answered his ad because this house needs way more than a handyman. The two men come to an agreement on salary but Matt's stipulation is that the job be completed within a year. Julian counters by telling Matt that he'll have to live there which Matt accepts. With no water or electricity, most of the windows broken and questionable floor strength the two men become tense roommates. Both men are champions at keeping secrets and are ill equipped at showing emotions. Matt wants to keep things strictly professional and Julian agrees but it becomes more and more difficult as the months pass. Matt is afraid to tell Julian exactly what the house will be used for and about his past fearing that Julian will quit and walk away but lies have a way of biting you in the ass. Julian over hears Matt talking to his bitch of a mother about being in prison for five years. The two argue and Julian runs off only to return to talk things out and finish the promised job. I couldn't help but to love both Julian and Matt with their awful childhoods, their strengths and their insecurities. Their slowly built up romance was beautifully written and evolves into Ms Scott's trademark HEA ending. The story felt so real to me with the internal dialogue that both Matt and Julian carry on with themselves. The story flowed perfectly and I could not tell where Ms Scott's writing ended and Ms Reese's writing began which readers can usually pick out easily in a collaboration. The trust issues between the men were resolved well and the sex was hot once I got to it. This story is a slow burn romance instead of an insta-love but there was more than enough going on in the story to keep me interested. The secondary characters were interesting and I really disliked Matt's mother and Julian's father. I cannot recommend this book highly enough and would give it six stars if I could.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 7 December 2014
By T London - Published on
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I will try to avoid writing a novel about this book but I just can’t even begin to describe how much I fell in love with this story and the characters. The author gave us not only a meaningful plot but the ending goes far beyond happily ever after. It brought me a sense of comfort and peace that I didn’t even know I was searching for while reading their story.
Matt has recently been released from prison. His guilt was always in question in this book but by the time the truth comes out we can see why he feels he is responsible but also feels innocent at the same time. His parents were rich and had a huge reputation to protect, so his sentence didn’t go well for the family dynamics. While his brother had a substance abuse issue, this is how he escaped the drama, Matt’s mother was not one to let go of his past mistakes and made sure she did a weekly reminder for him. Matt’s aunt was the only one who believed in him. She died while he was serving his sentence but she left him her money in her will, asking that he only do one thing. Use the money to make a positive difference in the world, and that is what he planned on doing. With the influence from his one and only friend he met in prison he bought a rundown building with dreams of turning it into a halfway house for future released prisoners who had nowhere else to go.
Julian was an honorable, trustworthy man who was barely getting by. He had a quirky sense of humor and he was willing to do anything for an honest day’s pay. He found the ad in the paper that Matt had placed for a handy man. Once he went to the site he realized that handy man was not what Matt needed, he needed a construction team to get this building in shape in the year time frame that Matt had. Feeling the love of the building he took the job and moved on site with Matt. The two worked together to create a place that Matt had dreamed about. Julian didn’t know at first what this building was going to be used for, but something about Matt inspired him to keep working and trusting this was all above board and legal.
As the year progresses the two become close and soon they become lovers. They were so gentle and loving towards each other and the feeling of trust soon took over their relationship. Once the feeling of being safe came to them, their secrets started coming out. Each knowing that the other could run once everything was out in the open, they both trusted enough to keep talking and sharing. The heart break that each man had experienced was more than emotional for me. While I already knew I loved each of those men, when Julian’s story came out I was even more astonished by him. For what he went through and to be the man he is today, brilliant.
The end of the book had me sobbing happy tears. I wasn’t even aware that I needed that kind of closure till the author gave it to me. I wanted the two men to be happy, I wanted Matt’s dreams to come true, but I didn’t know that the open wounds from their stories was still weighing on me till Julian’s surprise for Matt. It was at that moment I realized I was totally at peace with this book. I thought the present Matt gave Julian for Valentine’s Day couldn’t be topped, but the author went way over that with what Julian gave to Matt.
There are some sex scenes between the two men in this book, but I would hope that it wouldn’t be the reason for a reader to avoid this epic story. I will tell you that the author gave us a story of healing, redemption and acceptance that would make this world a better place if everyone read and adopted the lessons from this story. Not only will this book be one of my favorites, the author will certainly be one I will be watching for more of her work
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan 5 February 2014
By Author Kindle Alexander - Published on
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I've waited for this book to come out, and I honestly loved every minute of this story. I'm a Matt lover and I cheered when that one family member stood up. I needed that for him. I loved the intrigue of what was actually going on and why. What do we know about a second book? I need that right now. On a side note, I like the way Jaime describes food. I still want to be at that buffet.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This New Version! 18 January 2014
By Alison Houk - Published on
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."I've just reread this book. It has lots of changes and even more to the story. Since I know there is a sequel coming very soon, I wanted to remind myself what happens in this one. I really enjoyed this newer version. Can't wait for the next book in the series. Jamie has done a good job with this."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time 15 July 2014
By Luke Wickenheiser - Published on
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This book's relationship was strangely timed. The book spans a year, but only portrays certain moments in that year. Not enough moments. If there wasn't a notation saying that it was a month or two later, the events would feel rushed and weird. The pathos and drama felt manufactured, especially since Julian barely reacts at the big reveal. It was a readable book.