Book Review: A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese

A Hunted Man by Jaime ReeseTitle: A Hunted Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House, Book 2
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: Romantic Suspense, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Review copy provided by author
Published: April 29, 2014 by Romandeavor

After surviving ten years in prison, Cameron Pierce is attempting to put the past behind him. He tries to adjust to his newfound freedom with a place at the halfway house and a job. But one lesson he learned in prison keeps him guarded: hope is a dangerous thing.

Hunter Donovan, Assistant State Attorney, is a man of justice who loves a challenge. After a lifetime of putting his career first, a milestone brings him to a harsh realization—he's lonely.

Hunter's world changes when he meets Cam. The wary young man intrigues him and awakens a desire unlike anything he's ever experienced. When Cam's past resurfaces and threatens to rip them apart, their budding relationship is challenged and Cam's hope for a future begins to dim.

These outside forces hunting Cam will stop at nothing to send him back to prison. But they'll have to get past Hunter first.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Very good MM romance with lovely characters and a passionate relationship with a strong mystery backdrop.

The Set Up: Cameron has survived ten years in prison but now must adjust to life on the outside, including a job and a new place to live. At his new job Cameron meets Hunter, a career-focused lawyer and someone far outside Cam’s experience. Hunter and Cam forge a new relationship but Cam’s past and present collide and both he and Hunter are in the crosshairs.

Why I Read This Book: Loved book one in this series and was awaiting the next book by this new author.

What I Liked: I loved Cameron and Hunter. Both are extremely well written as complete people. Cameron’s past and his tentative hope for the future are part of him but he’s so much more complex than an ex-con. I loved watching him form relationships with people around him. Hunter is a work-aolic and he’s got a palpable loneliness that I really responded to. Too often in MM romance the characters are stock and just there for sex but I loved the full-fledged characters here.

The secondary characters are just as good. The leads from book one are here which was stellar to pop in on them. Hunter’s relationship with his father was heartfelt and realistic. I love romances with good secondary characters and that’s what I got here.

Though I’m not a suspense reader I still enjoyed the mystery of Cam’s past and how it intersects with Hunter’s cases. I was surprised by the people involved in the town’s corruption and admit to being a little bummed because I liked one of the people. This is the mark of a good suspense/mystery writer when I enjoy the plot of a romantic suspense as much as the relationship.

What I Also Liked: I read romance to see the incremental journey two people make in their relationship and that’s what I got with Cameron and Hunter. I could feel their loneliness and their attraction for each other. These mature characters never cause drama just to prolong the relationship suspense but instead share their vulnerabilities in believable progression. The intimacy is more emotional than sexual but once Cam and Hunter hit the sheets the eroticism takes off.

What I Didn’t Like: I could see why the end happened the way it did; it kinda had to. But I still wanted Cam and Hunter to have the community they’d built. I can’t spoil it more than that but I understood the plot ending more than loved it.

IMO: After two great books, this author is now an auto-buy for me.

J9’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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J9’s reviews for other books in this series:
A Better Man, Book 1

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. Loved this boom, and I agree with you on the end, I would have liked to see both coupleses around each other for the long haul, but I get it.


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