A Restored Man (The Men of Halfway House #3) by Jaime Reese (5 Stars)

Another wonderful story in The Men of Halfway House series. The author deserves a victory lap for writing this perfectly blended tale of friendship, love, fun, and family.

Tyler was such a sweet, but damaged, young man. Although he was physically injured from the accident that killed his parents, the real damage was on the inside from the guilt he continues to push on himself. He runs a very successful business, but has been hiding as much as possible from any kind of real life until he meets Cole.

Cole was a burst of sunshine in Ty’s life. Cole comes with his own baggage, but his determination to make the best of his life shines through in all of his actions. Cole thrives on honesty and believes to the bottom of his heart that you should never tell a lie. This causes him to be extremely blunt, which made for some entertaining and awkward conversations. I really enjoyed the interactions between Cole and Tyler. They had fun with each other, and it gave the story a lighter feel.

I loved visiting with characters from the first two stories, especially Julian. The majority of the story takes place at Ty’s shop where he restores and customizes exotic cars. I enjoyed learning a bit about this world. The sex was steamy and sweet since these two clearly adored each other. I liked how they didn’t play games, and the few doubts that existed were realistic.

This is the third story in the series, and I highly recommend reading them in order. All of the stories are wonderful, and the early ones add depth and understanding to Cole’s situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely romance filled with the perfect mix of well-developed characters and interesting activities. I can’t wait for the next one!


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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.

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