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.
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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
Hunter stood in line and watched Cam tend to the few lingering post-lunchtime customers. Cam’s smile came a little easier and his stance less guarded.
His body, although still lean, was tighter and a little broader from the yard work at the halfway house. A slight tan colored his skin now, the faint golden tone further accentuating the blue in his eyes and the white of his smile. His hair had a sprinkling of highlights as if the sun had kissed his head. Sunrises gave him hope, but they also seemed to awaken a natural physical beauty that had been hidden for far too long.
“How can I help you? Sir,” Cam said when it was finally Hunter’s turn at the register.
Hunter leaned over the counter. “You know that drives me nuts.”
Cam smiled and grabbed Hunter’s tie to pull him closer. “I know.” After a quick peck, Cam released him.
Hunter reached over and rubbed Cam’s stubble. “Are you letting this grow out?”
Cam shrugged. He looked away and scratched his growing scruff. “It makes me look older.”
“Since when do you want to look older?”
Cam shrugged again and fidgeted with the receipts.
Realization finally hit Hunter. He grabbed Cam’s chin and forced him to make eye contact. “Are you doing that for me?”
Cam’s mouth narrowed and his brows lowered. “There’s not much I can do for you. So if growing some hair on my face will make you feel a little less self-conscious, then I’ll grow a full fucking beard if I have to.”
This is the first book I have read in this series and also by this author, and even though it is the second one of the series, it can be a stand alone (I will go and read the first one). A Hunted Man is one of the best M/M novels I have read because it is not just about their physical attraction but it builds up an emotional feeling that makes you fall in love with the men. Cam has had to keep his guards up for the past ten years due to a wrongful doing that caused him to be put in prison. He has basically has had to fight for his life and learn to defend himself from the time he a teenager and abandoned by those that were suppose to love him and be there for him. Now, he has a chance to be free and wants to learn how to adapt until he meets the man that will turn his world inside out in a good way. Hunter is an attorney who is on top of his game and always wins his battles, other lawyers don’t like to face him because of his hardball tactics. However, when these two first see each other feelings start to spark that neither one of them knew were there, will they be able to learn how to love each other. This author has made me a fan of her writing with this book, it has romance with a touch of suspense and mystery. As soon as you think you have found something out she leaves you another breadcrumb to add to your pile and gives you another twist in the plot to keep you entranced in the book. Throughout the book I just wanted to be a fly on the wall when Cam and Hunter had their moments because you could really feel the love starting to build and even the trust issues that needed to be solved. She has opened it up for other books in this series by introducing characters I hope to see story lines from. I love Cam and Hunter, and would definitely recommend this one! Amazing Novel, that will keep you wanting more until the end trust me!
~INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR~
We had a chance to do an interview with this amazing author Jaime Reese!
Thanks for inviting me to your blog and for taking the time to chat 🙂
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve got a soft spot for broken, misunderstood heroes, and I believe everyone deserves a chance at love and life. I thought the halfway house setting was a great place for a second chance.
Q: Who is your favorite character and why?
Now you’re just trying to get me in trouble here. I’ll focus on my characters.
I love Julian, Matt, Cameron, Hunter, and Sam for very different reasons. It would be tough to pick a favorite because they each have their strengths. Sam and Matt have their good hearts and the need to help others. Cameron is strong yet vulnerable, he hasn’t had it easy but his reawakened hope for a normal life pushes him forward. Julian and Hunter are rock solid and offer their counterparts the support they need to realize their incredible strengths. Hunter’s dad, Thomas, he makes me smile. Cole’s quirkiness and blunt nature is both alarming and cute. I have several favorites. 🙂
Q: Are you currently working on a new book at this time?
Yes, I have 2 in the works, but no timeframe yet.
Q: Can you tell us the name of the book and a little bit about it?
No names yet. That comes when I’m a bit more into the story or nearing the end.
Book 3 in The Men of Halfway House series is Cole’s story. I’ve also got a possible side story I’m working on since the character(s) are not residents of the halfway house. It may change as I progress with book 3. So it’s still rather early to know the definite direction of the story.
Q: Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write?
Not usually. I actually prefer to write in silence – I’m weird that way. When I do have music in the background, it’s usually classical music. If I had lyrics, I’d probably sing along, off-key, and forget what I was writing.
Q: When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun?
Relax? What’s that? I’m not familiar with the term. 🙂
My hubby forces me to take some ‘chill time’ as he calls it. Usually, it involves relaxing on the couch and just watching some TV together. He tries to keep my iPad away from me so I can’t check my emails while I’m on ‘chill time’.
Q. How long did it take to get your first book published?
My first book was A Better Man. It took six months to write and complete edits. It was published a month after.
Q. As a self-publisher, do you have any plans to submit to a publish company? It is my understanding; some authors prefer to stay as a self-published author because of flexibility.
The first edition of my first book was published through a publisher. When the rights reverted, I opted to self-publish the title because I knew book two was a long manuscript and going through a publisher would have almost doubled the price for readers. That played a huge role in my decision to self-publish. I also welcome having greater control over the entire process. I will say there are some great publishers out there. So I won’t discard the possibility of trying one in the future.
Q. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? (ex. write better at nights, with music, etc)
I write better with minimal interruptions and complete silence. As focused as I can be, I can also be incredibly distracted. I multitask, but I can’t do that with writing. So I need to focus and get ahead of my regular schedule so I’m not tempted to work on a project with an upcoming deadline.