A Restored Man
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 thought those were the service bays,” Cole said, thumbing over his shoulder.
“They’re for the traditional shop work my techs do on a daily basis. These are my service calls. Side project I’m doing and there’s no money in it for the guys so I don’t really want to burden them. I figured we could work on them and, in between, we could tinker with the Yenko if you want or wrap up the last few details on the Drayton rig. I worked on most of it over the weekend but there are still a few things to finish up.”
Cole stopped walking. “You’d let me work on the Yenko with you?”
Ty nodded. “Sure, why not. I’ve seen how picky you are with your work.”
“So it’s my reward for helping you with your service calls?”
Ty chuckled. “Do you do tricks too?”
Cole raised an eyebrow and half smiled. “Oh, I’ve got a lot of tricks I can show you.” He smiled at the rush of color to Ty’s cheeks, loving the way Ty always reacted to his teasing.
“You do realize you’re an HR nightmare,” Ty said, looking at Cole with that glimmer in his eye.
Cole’s pulse raced. “HR?”
“Human Resources. Sexual harassment, all that,” Ty said, trying to look serious and indifferent, but failing miserably.
Cole belly-laughed so loud it echoed in the shop. He then stilled, straightened his shoulders, and mocked a serious tone. “I could, of course, be completely professional and proper with you, Mr. Calloway, if that is your preference,” he said, mimicking Matt’s formal tone.
Ty turned to face him, the mock seriousness transitioning into something more genuine. “And I, of course,” he said, reciprocating Cole’s tone, “would be deeply disappointed.”
He looked up into those brown eyes and smiled. “My army of superheroes and I would be as well.” He bit back a smile and bowed.
Ty’s low rumble-laugh shot straight to Cole’s dick.
Cole straightened. “Admit it, you like me.”
Ty raised his hand and put his thumb and index fingertips together with only a sliver of a gap between them. “Maybe a little bit.”
Cole looked at Ty’s fingers then glanced back at him with a huge grin on his face. “It’s a start,” he said before walking off to the two cars parked in the bay.
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In The Series
A Better Man (The Men of Halfway House #1)
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A Hunted Man (The Men of Halfway House #2)
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Janette gives it 4 stars.
What does anger, love and especially guilt all have in common? All three can easily over take any persons thoughts and emotions.
Cole had done two years in prison for an attempted car repossession (lol), missing time away from his family, friends and especially the way and curve of cars. Getting a second chance Cole finds himself in his version of nirvana and let’s just say and hopefully extra protein in the form of his boss.
Ty has been within the last two years been dealing with pain,loss and guilt. How does one over come a death of a loved one.
Ty is hesitant to give into his wants and desires when it comes to Cole. His quilt over the accident that has tainted his body, mind.
But little by little Cole managed to diffuse the why’s not. But when a threat comes stomping, Cole knows he needs support to destroy the ever-living day lights, put off the threat that is hovering over Cole.
I loved getting to know the all of the characters and how amazing the stories.
Evette gives it 4.5 stars.
Cole is one of those characters that just stick with you. His complete inability to filter his thoughts often have him feeling even more left out of the group, standing slightly outside of the circle. Biding his time until his stint in the Halfway House is over. When his personal nemesis Detective Calloway gets him a job in his brother’s repair and restoration shop Cole is hopeful it will see him through the rest of his probation. He’s not done so well with the other job placements- usually being asked to not return after the first day. He is such an amazing man, honest to a fault, loves his family and has some very unique talents with cars. Legit talents! But his demons are never too far from the surface, not making him the best decision maker at times.
Ty never saw Cole coming! He’s still wallowing on the guilt of a recent accident, and the fallout has been destroying him. His beautiful personality is hidden under a ton of responsibility, exhaustion and heartache. Cole is able to slip under his defenses, making him smile and even laugh out loud, making Ty want to live. But nothing can ever be that easy, the twists and turns of this plot were surprising. The intense and stunning chemistry between Ty and Cole, not as much!
While this can be read as a standalone it would be worth the time to read the first two books. We meet Cole in book two, and the relationships that are building throughout the series continue to grow. Julian is the best “big brother” to Cole-surprise, surprise- and Matt continues to be Matt-love him.
So many laugh out loud moments, as well as sweet and tender times, this is a definite recommend.
About Jaime Reese
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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