Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.
Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.
But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.
Quick question, you know The Men of Halfway House, right? Yes…most excellent. No…ohh? Well, I’ll wait right here while you acquaint yourself. I promise you’ll thank me.
Alrighty then, I think we’re ready now. Everyone knows (and loves) Julian & Matt, Cam & Hunter and Ty & Cole and is ready for Aidan & Jessie. Do you have a favorite? I know, I know, it’s nearly impossible to choose. With the Aidan time we’ve had thus far, I can confidently tell you Aidan was not my favorite…or even close to the top. Truth be told, I’ve always been a Julian girl. But now I’m not so sure? Aidan surprised me and he’s battling for the top spot of my favorite Halfway House man. What happened?
Let me tell you….
Aidan has the gruff and intimidating persona perfected. He doesn’t have the withdrawn somber face that Ty use to wear but the ‘tread with caution before speaking to’ face. He doesn’t smile, he doesn’t laugh, and he doesn’t allow happiness to touch him. He’s a cop and a veteran but its clear something tragic has changed him. He was forced to put up a fortress around his heart and soul to survive and now that he’s safe again, he has no idea how to begin to dismantle it.
He’s coveted Jessie from afar and would do ANYthing to be his, but he accepts that he is broken, damaged beyond all repair and Jessie doesn’t deserve to be tainted by his demons. However, he is unaware that Jessie has his own demons and when they return from the shadows of his past, Aidan is devastated that he couldn’t protect Jessie. Aidan Calloway does not fail. He can’t. But in his mind he fails Jessie again and again. It would be best for Jess if he kept him out of his fortress. Jessie doesn’t agree and won’t rest until he finds the key…the key to the hidden heart. Will he find it? *crosses fingers & toes*
Aidan is a very guarded man. He demonstrates great control with every cautious step. This most definitely applies to his personal life. He’s a relationship virgin. Completely clueless when it comes to dating and building a life with another. And to be honest, he’s adorable when he fumbles with his uncertainties. Once we add in both of their painful pasts, its fitting that their fire starts with smoldering embers. This is important information. Please don’t expect a fast & furious naked frenzy. The physical desires are there but take the back seat to their emotional needs. They almost do some things backwards but when it comes to the end, they nail it perfectly.
Reese has a gift when it comes to second chance stories. She is also an expert when it comes to ultra intense men. Put the two together and power things happen. I love her meticulous writing and her complex men with pure love. Jessie is strong, optimistic and has the patience of a saint. He is Aidan’s salvation. Aidan has never wanted anything as badly as he wants Jessie. He has to conquer his demons before he can open his heart and though it proves to be impossible at times, he never gives up. I LOVED having the guys from the first three books return. Cole pops up more often than the others but they all make an appearance or two at some point. I’m sure Aidan is a grumbly bear about the cover but, *wipes drool* I can’t stop staring.
A long-distance love affair. Aidan’s story was like a marathon; I was utterly exhausted but it was extremely rewarding. Traumatic pasts are relived and a vicious attack at the opening could be a severe trigger for some. As we know, Aidan is a homicide detective and his job plays an important role from start to finish. It is not easy but it is…so worth it. And more! Another couple? Oooo! I know who’s next and let the countdown begin again.
I’m afraid this book is not for everyone. I wish I could say it is but I believe it is going to strike the bullseye’s with a target audience. It’s slow, painful and tragically beautiful. It is rich with emotions. It is filled with brutal storms but when the sun comes out, its breathtaking. It’s true it can be a stand-alone but I urge you to start at the beginning. It grows and gathers strength with each amazing couple. If you are just beginning this unforgettable series (yay!), give Julian my love would you please?
TITLE: A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House #4)
AUTHOR: Jaime Reese
LENGTH: 145K words
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2016
BUY LINKS: Amazon