Friday, May 12, 2017

Blog Tour ~ A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese~ (Review + Giveaway)

Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 

Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.
Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.
After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.
Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever. ---
* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

5 Stars! 

D + V = ∞. “All roads always lead to you.”

Right off the bat, I was drawn into this story and the emotions it stirred. I cried for Van and what he must have faced, what he lost and what he deserved. To know that such a vibrant person was stamped down into such vulnerability. I knew I was going to fall in love with these men and I did.

What I Loved: This is a wonderful addition to the series and honestly, it's probably my favorite of the books. While there's little angst as opposed to previous stories that were rife with it, most of this book really surrounds Vann as he adjusts to life outside of prison. It's hard not to ache at how he has been broken, his fear of ending back in that horrible place.

The true and lasting love Vann and Drayton have is amazing. It's a bit too sweet sometimes but, overall, it's extremely romantic. These two men are perfect for one another and I loved how they never even thought about being with another person. It was each other no matter what.

I also adored seeing the flashbacks of their past and how they were before prison. The journal entries broke my heart but I loved reading that scene. Vann's words and his thoughts were very emotional. You could really feel it.

What I Liked: I liked getting to see and interact with the characters from the previous books. There are quite a few scenes that had Julian and Vann making me laugh and others that were emotional.

What I Didn't Like: There wasn't much I didn't like about this story. I think if I had to pick anything it would be that it ended.

I definitely recommend A Worthy Man. Just make sure you have your tissues handy.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

“Emotionally, beautiful and inspiring” - Amanda L Amazon Reviewer “A great addition to this series. One of the most romantic books I've read this year.” - Bayou Book Junkie “Overall...Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving.” - Two Book Pushers

“C’mon,” Drayton said, tugging Vann by the hand. After breakfast and a countertop quickie, they had immediately returned to the bedroom and had been hibernating there since. He had no objection to spending all day in bed, but he had a surprise for Vann and couldn’t stand waiting any longer. “I want to show you the rest of the house.”
“But I like the bedroom.”
Drayton chuckled, pulling him up with more force. “We can come back after.”
“Fine,” Vann grumbled, finally sitting up on the bed with a dramatic pout.
“You’re cute when you don’t get your way.”
“Cute enough to stay in bed?” He waggled his eyebrows and petted the bed. “It’s really soft.”
Drayton leaned in and gave Vann a chaste kiss, jerking back quickly to avoid his grasp.

Vann’s laughter filled the room. “Damn. You’re still super-fast.” He reluctantly stood and stretched his arms over his head.

Drayton’s lips parted, enjoying the flex of muscles.

“Like what you see?” Vann asked, delivering a cocky grin as he seductively licked his lower lip. “Let’s get back in bed—”
Drayton threw his head back and laughed. “You’re still persistent as hell. C’mon. I want to show you something.”

“I want to show you something too.”

“This is important.” Drayton crossed his arms. “We can skim the other rooms but there’s one that’s special. It’s…yours.”

Vann sobered. “You’ve given me enough to cover every event for the rest of my life and then some. I don’t want—”
“It’s also for me. I’ll watch you while you use the room.”

“Hmm.” Vann pursed his lips. “Okay, you’ve got my attention.”
After a little more bargaining, Drayton finally lured Vann out of the bedroom and down the hallway. He opened the door to his office and stepped inside. “This is the room I’m usually in when I’m here.”
“Not anymore.”
He chuckled as they exited the office. They walked down the hall to the room he’d had converted into a gym.
“Damn, this is nice.” Vann checked the different weight options and looked at each of the machines.
“You’ve got everything here for all types of routines. And if you don’t like the view, you’ve got a TV.”
“The view’s beautiful.”

“Whatever we need to change out or add, we’ve still got space. I do a lot of thinking while I’m on the treadmill, so we’re not getting rid of that.”

Vann chuckled. “Okay.” He walked over to Drayton and leaned in for a slow kiss.
“Mmm. What was that for?”
“Is this the room I’ll use while you watch me? I promise I’ll make you sweat too.” 
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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