A Mended Man (The Men of Halfway House #4)
Written by Jaime Reese
Published on April 28, 2016
Detective Aidan Calloway is rock-solid strong. He’s a man of justice—loyal to his friends, family, and job—even if it requires bending a law…or two. He shields himself behind an abrasive, fearless facade, until a phone call one night chips his armor and throws his perfectly planned, hollow life into a tailspin.
Jessie Vega is the epitome of optimism. His carefully crafted attitude of hope and positivity protects him from a past filled with too much pain. When a ghost from a dark time resurfaces and nearly breaks him, he must tap into his inner strength or risk losing everything he’s worked so hard to build.
But Jessie can’t do it alone. He must fight to break through Aidan’s ironclad defenses to reveal the heart of the man hiding beneath the tough surface and mend his damaged spirit. Only then can they truly heal and become strong enough to battle the demons that haunt them and threaten their chance to finally be together.
***This book contains scenes and subject matter some readers may find distressing.***
P’s Review: 5 STARS
A Mended Man, another amazing story by Jaime Reese
A Mended Man is the story of Aidan and Jessie, and if you have read either A Hunted Man or A Restored Man, then you’ve already gotten to meet these wonderful characters – but you don’t know their story, but you will and you will not regret it.
Aidan has always been a mystery, you wonder why he is the way he is. You wonder what he has seen to make him the man he is. Aidan’s story is not easy, he has so many reasons as to why. Aidan is the ultimate protector, he will do what he can to protect those that mean something to him and he lets his protectiveness shine in this story. To see how he realizes strength doesn’t always come from muscles one has, or that strength isn’t always worn on the outside, always the reader to see that Aidan is so much stronger than he himself realizes.
Jessie is quiet, but fierce. His strength comes from within, he is just as determined to protect everyone around himself as Aidan is, only he doesn’t realize that his strength is the one that Aidan is in desperate need of receiving. Jessie’s life hasn’t been easy either, but his outlook that he can’t allow his past to rule his future, is what gives this man a strength beyond measure.
This is a long story, but once you reach the end you know why, it isn’t an easy journey to be the person you once were, or the person you are meant to be. Jaime takes us on a journey with Aidan and Jessie, a journey I feel so very grateful to have taken. While I hoped their story would be easy, I knew it wouldn’t be. The glimpses we had gotten into who they were from earlier books, showed that not everything is how it seems. You don’t need to read the earlier books in the series before reading this one, but there are characters mentioned and seen in here that show up in earlier books, which just means if you have read any of the earlier books in the series you just may get to see a few old faces.
I wish I could put my emotions into words for this book, I had hoped that thinking about it and mulling it over would help….it didn’t (lol). I just have to say thank you to Jaime, Aidan, and Jessie – thank you for letting me in and showing me just how much love you all have for one another. Ms. Reese, my hat is off for you, I can’t imagine hearing this story first hand, to have to see what Aidan and Jessie showed you, and for you to put their thoughts, their fears, their past on paper for your readers. If I could give you a hug, I would – along with a hug for Jessie and Aidan. I will be re-reading this series, over and over (and I have told Ms. Jaime Reese this before, lol). Thank you for sharing your characters with us, and thank you to your characters for telling us your 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.
…and yes, it was totally weird reading something about myself in 3rd person 🙂