Monday, May 8, 2017

Blog Tour Review: A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese

A Worthy Man
Men of Halfway House #5
by Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017

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

I'm new to this series and I'm in awe of Jaime Reese's work after reading A Worthy Man. This can absolutely be read as a standalone and definitely a reread material. 

Vann and Dray are childhood sweethearts with Vann being the white trash, while Dray the rich kid. After the incident that tore them apart, Vann was serving a life sentence, but Dray never gave up hope of reuniting with his lover again. 

The first quarter of the book is such a massive tearjerker moments. Is the kind of good cry that I wish to relive again. You can feel the amount of love they had for each other and the commitment Dray had on sustaining their love through the years. I love getting a glimpse into the letters they wrote for each other and it amaze me that such little words can invoke a big emotion in me.

Present time, Vann is out on parole and Dray can't wait to start on their next chapter of life, together. But after a decade being in prison, Vann isn't quite the same as before and it really shows in the way that he struggle to transition back into the outside world. But Dray is there every step of the way, waiting patiently for Vann and not once having any doubt. 

The amazing part of their relationship is their absolutely love and commitment to each other. Right from the beginning, we can see their are soulmates that meant to be together, no matter how many obstacles lives threw at them. And honestly, I think Vann had a sucky life so far and I'm worried he was beaten once too many times to recover from it. 

The book is slightly lengthy, but I really enjoyed reading Vann's transformation. From a guy full of doubt and low self worth, worried that he might land back in prison to the man he end up being, successful, determine, loved and most importantly, A Worthy Man. Vann and Dray love is absolutely emotionally, beautiful and inspiring. A must read for all the inner sap and to those who believe your first love can be your forever.

“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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