Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Hunted Man by Jaime Reese Blog Tour

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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.

Our 5 Star Review
A Hunted Man is book 2 in the Men of Halfway House series. While i really enjoyed book 1, I fell in love hard with A Hunted Man. I just adored Hunter and Cameron. Jaime really stepped it up a notch with this book.

Cameron Pierce has just been released from prison after serving close to ten years of hell. Upon his release, he moves into the Halfway House in an attempt the rebuild his life. Matt and Julian, who run the halfway house, have done everything to help him, including getting him a job at the local diner run by Lucy and Bill, who i also adore. They are just so cute!

At work one day, Cam meets Hunter, a regular customer who is also the State Attorney. The two have an instant connection but Cam is skeptical and unsure of himself after being locked up for so many years. He's learned to keep his feelings locked up, less problems that way. But there is some about Hunter that calls to him.

Their relationship builds slowly and it is so incredible to watch Cam slowly start to become more confident. Hunter becomes his rock and fights to prove to Cameron that his feelings are genuine and he isn't going anywhere. Life certainly wasn't easy on the two of them, throwing obstacles at the couple from every which way.

This book was full of twists and turns, jaw dropping moments that you never see coming. The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, you are hit with another shock that sends your mind reeling. The slow build up of their relationship was sweet torture.

I loved this book and gave it 5 stars. Im eagerly waiting for book 3, which is about Cole, a new resident to the halfway house, whom we meet in book 2.
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Chapter 1
Cameron Pierce didn't really know what to expect when the entire nightmare began days before his eighteenth birthday, but here he was, standing behind a large metal door waiting for it to open and grant his freedom. Nine years, eight months, two weeks, and five days of hell. Even though he had to stay in a designated halfway house for the next few months, at least he wouldn't have these bars or barbed wire fences to constantly remind him of his nightmare.
He fidgeted. In exchange for almost ten years of his life, the prison system gave him a hundred bucks for expenses during transfer, and a plain, standard-issue cardboard box containing his personal items—a watch, ten bucks, and a pack of gum. Everything broken or useless, which pretty much mirrored his existence. He ditched the box and everything else then pocketed the cash.
The gears of the large metal door ground as they inched open. Cameron shifted his weight from foot to foot, waiting for just enough space to squeeze through the door. He looked over to the guard and concluded he'd be better off attempting to walk out of this prison with a little dignity. At the pace these doors opened, he figured he'd age another decade in the process. He closed his eyes and counted, begging for a little patience to come his way. He finally heard the grinding stop and opened his eyes.
There, in the middle of the empty parking lot, Sam leaned against a car with crossed arms and a smile.
Cameron groaned as he finally exited the prison gates.
Mr. Samuel Issacs, rehabilitation officer, also secretly campaigned for sainthood every chance he had. His job was to help a group of assigned inmates rejoin the world with others but his mission was to mentor them. Sam wanted to talk, help, and offer support. Cam, on the other hand, knew better than to open his mouth, and he damn sure wasn't going to risk Sam becoming some form of collateral damage.
Cam had learned that lesson the hard way.
"Hey, Sam," he said once he arrived where Sam was parked.
"Hey, Cam. I thought I'd give you a ride to the halfway house instead of having you take the bus," he said as he opened the passenger side door of the car.
Cameron waited, not sure if sitting in a car for hours with Saint Sam was a good idea.
"C'mon, Cam. I can guarantee you the drive with me will be better than a busload of people coming back from Universal Studios with stinky feet and a crapload of gas."
Cameron groaned.
Sam laughed. "Besides, I already filled out the paperwork so you're stuck with me. Get in."
Cam didn't say a word. He climbed into the car, sat in the passenger seat, and then closed the car door.
"Buckle up, it's the law."
"Are you kidding me?"
"Nope, state of Florida, it's the law."
"Since when?"
"Just strap in so we can get out of here."
Cameron groaned again as he pulled the belt and clicked it in place. He hated the way it cut into his damn shoulder. Who knew what else had changed while he was in prison. Just another reminder of things he had missed. He shifted in his seat only to have his movement limited by the seat belt restraint.
Here he was, finally out of prison, yet somehow still found a way to be constrained in a small enclosed area. Hell, this was even smaller than the six-by-eight cell he’d called home for almost a decade.
How ironic.

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