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PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “A Restored Man” by Jaime Reese



Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything. Almost two years later, he’s slowly rebuilding his life with great control. He’s defied the odds and works tirelessly to be the man he once was—but he still feels broken.

Cole’s candor and unfiltered personality awaken Ty’s barely-remembered desire to greet each new day with a smile, while Ty’s unwavering acceptance of Cole’s quirks and brash humor makes Cole feel as if he fits in for the first time in far too long. When a nemesis threatens Ty’s personal restoration and the things he holds dear, Cole is determined to protect their relationship, even if that means sacrificing everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

But Ty will have to let his guard down, surrender control, and admit he needs Cole first, even if that puts himself at risk of breaking beyond repair.


I greedily watched the countdown clock for this baby….I wanted it soooo bad!

Cole was a firecracker in the previous book and I had a feelin’ his book was going to be fun. I wasn’t disappointed. If you haven’t met the boys in The Halfway House yet…you are missing out. And though it certainly can be a stand-alone, I would encourage you to start with ‘A Better Man’. *sigh* This is no hardship, I promise. I believe it flows better having the history of the guys and the house.


Cole is a bottle of high octane; feisty, primed, and ready to go. Problem is, his brain is continuously running past the redline and lacks any necessary filters. He is mouthy. He is honest. He’s a total spaz. But he’s so damn lovable.

Cole is a people person. Not only does he come from a large family but he also made a second family of his own, his crew. Growing up he failed to compete with his siblings on every count, but finally found his niche with cars. Boosting them to be specific. He was the best of the best, but slipped up and got busted. If you’ve got a thing for speed, custom cars and exotic’s…you and Cole will get on fast and furiously.

After finishing his time behind bars he was assigned to six months at the Halfway House. Hunter Donovan saw the crossroads Cole was dancing around and dangled a shiny and enticing carrot in front of his nose. He left the keys, title, and a strict contract for Cole…and Cole wants that damn car. Then he starts his new job at Calloway’s and discovers something else he wants even more.


Ty is quiet, guarded, and damaged. He is cautiously walking through life, avoiding mirrors and the pity he finds in the eyes around him. Tragedy struck two years prior and he lost his parents, his confidence and his smile.

His brother Aiden handles him with kid gloves and tries to protect him from every possible threat. He never expected the spark Ty needed was behind a pair of mismatched eyes. Sometimes the best medicine is laughter. Cole ignites something in Ty, something he thought he would never find again.

Julian and Matt have ample page time (yay!) and the seed for Aiden’s story has been laid.

I loved saucy savvy Cole.

I loved sweet splintered Ty.

I loved them together. Their banter was addictive. Their healing was beautiful, for it wasn’t single sided, they restored one another. I adored the unhurried burn…it was appropriate for Ty’s renovation in learning to love and forgive himself. A copious amount of blue balls made for a fiery ‘at last’ moment.

So what didn’t I love? I didn’t love the ‘bad guy’. The Gone in 60 seconds flashback was not my favorite. I didn’t love Mami’s birthday party. Julian’s doppelganger twist was…weird. Those are not the moments that stuck with me.

The moments that stuck with me included intimate tousled hair pulls, the power of a mirror, and the strength in surrendering to love. Ohh, and super hero undies!

Reese’s boys always hit all my buttons. I’m craving a mai-tai and a double dose of a tightly wound car nut and his perfectly fitting metal man.




Title: A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House Series #3)
Author: Jaime Reese
Publisher: Romandeavor
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon 

11 comments on “PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: “A Restored Man” by Jaime Reese

  1. Kristie
    February 16, 2015

    I’m so glad you liked this! I’m not going to read your review yet, but seeing that you gave it 4 stars is awesome. I really want to read this… I’ve really like the other books in the series. I promise to read your review after I read the book. :)

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    • Sheri
      February 16, 2015

      I LOVE Jaime’s boys…they all make me so happy! Cole is a bouncy ball and Ty is his quiet place. They are so different and yet a perfect fit.
      Can’t wait to hear your thoughts…if you think of it, please swing back by and let me know whatcha think.
      Happy reading. :)

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      • Jaime Reese
        February 16, 2015

        Hi, Sheri *waves* THANK YOU for the awesome review! I’m so glad you loved the boys. :D

        Liked by 1 person

        • Sheri
          February 16, 2015

          Hi Jaime *waves back and slips in a quick hug*
          I did, I truly did. I was wondering how you’d pull it off after Cam & Hunter…but Cole & Ty stole my heart.
          Sooo, ummmm, will we see more of Julian’s mysterious journal in Aiden’s book?!? *bounces next to Cole* just curious ;)

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          • Jaime Reese
            February 16, 2015

            *hugs back* I adore Ty and Cole…well, I just want to hug him. <3
            As far as Julian, yes, I'm planning something. :) But not for Aidan's book. LOL

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          • Sheri
            February 16, 2015

            He’s soo huggable!! I’m glad he found his *pause* and is receiving more hugs instead of slaps :D

            I was biting my tongue after asking…but I couldn’t resist, I can’t stop thinking about that journal.
            Now you’re really killing me…but it’s my own fault for nipshitting. :P

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          • Jaime Reese
            February 16, 2015

            I have something in mind, but if I can’t do it justice, I won’t release it. No worries, if I do, you will be one of the first to know. Promise. :)

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  2. Sheri
    February 16, 2015

    Cannot. Wait.

    Psssst….every time J’s *ahem* Julian’s pic pops up….I stop breathing for a millisecond. His stare is….something.
    BUT, Cole’s pic was perfect. I never bother looking for pics of your boys…I see them exactly as you do.


    • Jaime Reese
      February 16, 2015

      Thank you! he is sooo Cole.
      I don’t have the heart to change J’s pic for my avatar. LOL I love seeing him staring me down when I log in to my email.

      I have pics for all my guys. I just finished setting up the character page for Cole’s book for my site. :) So I have a pic for Ty too. <3

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      • Sheri
        February 21, 2015

        I just saw the new character page…
        Ty! *swoons* is perfect! Absolutely perfect. (He is totally my type!)

        And the rest of the gang? Awesome. I heart your ‘meet the characters’ sooooo hard.
        Thanks ever so much. :D

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