A Sweet Man by Jamie Reese

Ok, really love this author and her Men of Halfway House series.  Although this book is considered a “standalone” book, I highly suggest you read the other 6 books first.  The secondary characters in this book actually have had their stories told in the previous books.  That being said, I love me a story where we have romance, healing of broken hearts and food.  Yes I said food.  Whether it be cooking in a restaurant or a bakery like Ben does, I really enjoy it. 
Fun fact, I learned American Sign Language while I was in high school at Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf on Long Island’s North Shore.  Gorgeous old mansion made into a school.  I always thought sign language was beautiful, and I was happy to learn it.  I wish I would have kept it up, but alas, I have forgotten a lot of it.  So for me to envision Ben “talking” to everyone was quite easy.  I enjoy when a different element is brought into a story like Ben’s deafness.  The fact that Bull already knew how to communicate with Ben, was refreshing and kept the story flowing. 
I really enjoyed this story of second (or even third) chances to make things right and love at first sight.     

 

Two men. One sweet dream of family and forever. 
Gabriel “Bull” del Toro loves his fast-paced globe-trotting job, but aches for an honest relationship and the trust that comes with it. After a few too many heartbreaks, he’s nearly given up hope of finding that special someone.
Until Ben.

Born deaf, Ben is used to working twice as hard for what he wants, but risking a newfound friendship on an impossible dream is scary. After all, there’s one lesson he’s learned: everything is temporary—freedom, friends, even family.

Neither man expects the undeniable spark between them or for every moment together to fuel that connection. For the first time, a happily ever after is within reach, but they must trust that the dream of acceptance, family, and a place to call home is more than a sweet fantasy.

It can be forever.

**A Sweet Man is an interconnected standalone within The Men of Halfway House series. It is a story about the power of love, the meaning of family, and never giving up on a dream. It includes wounded hearts, an age-gap romance, and enough cake and sweetness to give you a toothache.

 

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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