Series: The Men of Halfway House
Author: Jaime Reese
Release: June 16, 2020
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance (can be a stand alone)
Two men. One sweet dream of family and forever.
Gabriel “Bull” del Toro loves his fast-paced globe-trotting job, but aches for an honest relationship and the trust that comes with it. After a few too many heartbreaks, he’s nearly given up hope of finding that special someone.
Born deaf, Ben is used to working twice as hard for what he wants, but risking a newfound friendship on an impossible dream is scary. After all, there’s one lesson he’s learned: everything is temporary—freedom, friends, even family.
Neither man expects the undeniable spark between them or for every moment together to fuel that connection. For the first time, a happily ever after is within reach, but they must trust that the dream of acceptance, family, and a place to call home is more than a sweet fantasy.
It can be forever.
A Sweet Man is an interconnected standalone within The Men of Halfway House series. It is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and never giving up on a dream. It includes wounded hearts, an age-gap romance, and enough cake and sweetness to give you a toothache.
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4 of 5 Stars
I’ve read 4 of the 7 books of this series. I definitely think you could read this as a standalone, but I do think having some of the history helps.
The book is aptly named as there is a lot of sweetness in the book. Life has given Ben several kicks, even when he’s been down. He’s become very resilient and somehow still has a bright outlook. People can’t help but love him. I hate that some folks have been ugly to him because he’s deaf. Having known several deaf people, it’s clear Ms. Reese has done her research for this book in preparation for a deaf character.
Gabe is as tough as he is sweet. I love his patience with Ben. He’s been hurt in the past, but he doesn’t let that taint his possibility of something amazing with Ben.
The side ‘mystery’ story revolves around Bull’s work and pulls in characters from previous books as well as becomes a springboard for tying up a couple of side stories for supporting characters.
My only issue with this book, like the last one, is the length. This was a bit long and I started skimming a little bit wanting to get through the book faster even though I enjoyed the story.
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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