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A Restored Man

(The Men of Halfway House #3)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,170 ratings  ·  352 reviews
Cole Renzo thinks his greatest challenge is to behave for the remainder of his term at Halfway House. Until he meets his new boss, Ty Calloway, a man who ticks off every box on Cole’s list of interests.

A sought-after restorer and customizer of exotic and collectible cars, Ty had enough confidence to command what he wanted in life, until one fateful night changed everything
ebook, 363 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Romandeavor (first published February 15th 2015)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Motormouth and mechanic extraordinaire; bossy top; loyal friend; loves speed, exotic cars, and Ty.


Kind, stubborn, professional, lost; feels damaged and guilty; carries a torch for car restoration and one feisty mechanic.

Cole and Ty complement one another well. Cole makes Ty laugh and brings Ty out of his self-imposed shell.

When we met Cole in book 2, he was a lovable, flaky kid, itching to steal another car, just bidding his time at the Halfway House. Meeting Ty forces Cole to grow up. H
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
5 My-Ty Stars!!

I started this book almost a year ago and paused it. I have no idea why, because when I picked it up again, I didn't want to stop reading it. Cole and Ty are totally swoon worthy.
Jaime Reese
Jan 13, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
Target release date: February 17, 2015
Word count: 117,600
Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.
This story is all about the characters. No mystery/suspense element in this one.
Characters who reappear from Book 1&2 as secondary characters: Julian, Matt, Aidan, Jessie, Luke (briefly)
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.5 Stars***

"Look at yourself in the mirror. Why can't you see how amazing you are?"

"I see it in your eyes when you look at me."

Hands down my favorite in the series so far!!

I'm gonna give you just a quick review here, because all I really want to say is...

Here we go...

Cole - He was a charming, vulnerable, verbal diarrhea, rambling sweetheart!! He had good intentions, a kind heart and zero filter from his brain to his mouth....and I loved every second I spent with him.

Ty -
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m

Oh gosh, this is a hard one to rate. There were so many things I loved about this book- especially Cole & Ty. They were great together. They were the epitome of that Jerry Maguire quote:

They really did. Jaime Reese did an excellent developing their characters and relationship. Unfortunately, there were some moments that the story felt too long, scenes that were unnecessary to the plot. (view spoiler) As much as I love the main charact
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I greedily watched the countdown clock for this baby….I wanted it soooo bad!

Cole was a firecracker in the previous book and I had a feelin’ his book was going to be fun. I wasn’t disappointed. If you haven’t met the boys in The Halfway House yet…you are missing out. And though it certainly can be a stand-alone, I would encourage you to start with ‘A Better Man’. *sigh* This is no hardship, I promise. I believe it flows better having the history of the guys and the house.


Cole is a bottle of
Trisha Harrington
So this was me when I first heard about the book.

And this is me now that I've read it.

Honestly, I knew I would love this the moment I heard about it. I'm such a huge Jaime Reese fan. Her books tick all the boxes for me and always, always leave me wanting more of her amazing characters.

A Restored Man is just so amazing. I loved it from the first page and I fell a little more in love with it as I continued to read. I kept smiling and laughing and just having fun while I read this. There were times
5 Stars

This series just keeps going from strength to strength. The characters are relatable and ridiculously lovable; the writing is smooth and polished; the storylines are simple, yet engaging; the romance is palpable and the sex is hot! But I think my favourite aspect of Jaime’s writing is how well she paces her stories. Nothing is rushed. The slow-burn romance is deliciously fulfilled, no sooner or later than it needs to be. It’s timed to perfection.

The sheer number of relationship dynamics
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** reread October 2019 **

It was even better the second time!

I love this series! Each book tells a story of struggle and finding oneself. Every man passing through Halfway House is worth fighting for. Cole and Ty have their own demons to fight and obstacles to overcome on the way to happiness. But Cole is strong enough to help Ty stand on both feet.

Cole is such a character. He is sharp as tack, brave and high-spirited. He breaks Ty out of the shell he's been hiding in, he breathes life into gara
4,5 stars

This is my favorite book in the series so far!! I really LOVED both Cole and Ty. Cole's NO filter mouth was precious!
Ty was still healing physically and emotionally. He just needed someone who wouldn't look at him with pity. Cole made him laugh and working together on cars was super funny but also hot.
I loved their banter. I also loved the banter between Cole and Aidan.
This was a slow burning romance but it really made my heart warm. Super sweet!
It pains me that I can't give it 5 sta
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, comfort-reads, mm
Cole!!!! I love Cole!! I want a Cole!

God, I loved this book. I loved Cole and his big mouth. He and Ty were the perfect match.

I never thought I would like a book about cars this much, but all the car stuff was damn sexy!


This book revolves more around character than plot (even though there is in fact a very decent plot) and I loved it. Cole was such a refreshing character with his foot in mouth disease. I fell in love with him from page one and when Ty was introduced I was so happy, because my he
4.5 stars

Best of the series for sure, I absolutely loved both Ty and Cole as individuals and as a couple.
This is the story of Cole

(*clears throat*well since Dani pretty much destroyed all our chances of finding a better Cole than hers i thought i 'd give you his other parts, the superhero ones)

and Ty (yes my Greek friends this is who you think it is)

Cole was a car thief. Fresh out of prison he starts working for Ty,a car restorer. Match made in heaven right? And they were a perfect match.

I loved Cole's personality. His struggle to control himself and his mouth was adorable. I liked how he pushe
Wendys Wycked Words
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Wow....... I just knew from reading all the previous book, that this one was gonna be great !! I love it when I'm right (which is always of course).'m always right gif

So we've met Cole in book 2 and I have loved him ever since. He's awesome funny and I love his food in mouth syndrome. I admit...I have a little Cole crush going on :))

Cole's in the halfway house because he stole a car (he stole much more than one, but he only got caught for one). He did 2 years in jail. If you've read book 2, than you know Hunter g
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-na, audiobook, hot
Wow, what a cool gem! This story was so much more than I was expecting. Suddenly after closing the book, a wave of enjoyment circled my mind a million miles per second. Okay, in the end we went through a full-fledged car chase, but still that was a hell of a show. I can not remember the last time I felt so energized (usually after I watched 'Friends'-tv series). Not that there were not dark clouds hovering over them, neither lack of having a hard time trying to get over the guilt, nor a bad guy. ...more
I'm just going to go ahead and throw ALL the stars at this installment of The Men of Halfway House.

If you are getting ready to read A Restored Man, and believe you me, you should, and you’ve read the first two books in the series, you’ll remember Julian. You know how he’s one of THOSE characters? The kind that just have that certain something that makes them truly memorable and unique. The kind that sticks with you long after their story has been told. Jaime Reese has given us readers another o
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've loved everyone of these books by Jaime Reese but this has to be my favourite by far. Cole and Ty are my fav ever m/m couple I'm madly in love with them. Cole is a sweetheart and basically is just wanting to be accepted for who he is and not what he did. Ty is unconfident, quiet, shy and suffering from the trauma of an accident a couple of years before. He hasn't laughed in a long time, but enter Cole with his loving nature and loveable personality. Read this series but most of all read abou ...more
* A Reader Obsessed *
Definitely the most enjoyable so far.

There's something about insecurity and doubt and longing that gets me every single time, and though overall low in angst, this had just what I like.

Cole - impulsive but never mean spirited, he often gets himself into trouble without "pausing" to think before he speaks. However, it's exactly his lack of filter that's the perfect cure to releasing Ty from his self imposed exile. Cole is smitten. He simply wants to be needed and be something of worth.

Ty - phy
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Lelyana's Reviews
I read book #2 A Hunted Man early last year and I didn't enjoy it; thus I postponed reading this as long as I could. I guess the length of this one (117.3k!) was one of the main reasons. When it comes to romance, I am always afraid lengthier book will bore the hell out of me. However, I've been in not-so-good reading streak, and somehow I kept looking at this thinking that everyone I know who dislike book #2 ended up loving this. So I thought that I should give it a try.

Well, hell, I LOVED this.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
3rd read 4-1-2020
I LOVE Cole & Ty! I cried so hard this time around. I don't remember crying as hard the previous couple of times I read it. So good. I missed these two so much! Made me want Geek and Tracker's books. We need a Cole's team spin-off or something!

2nd Read Oct. 2018

1st read 2-17-15
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Cole. My sweet Cole. They say his mouth runs faster than his brain and we caught some of that, but I didn't think it was too bad. In the first 35% my heart was breaking for Cole, then some
☆☆☆~Bev's World of Books~☆☆☆
I loved, Loved, LOVED...nay, ADORED it!! No waffling here, everyone else’s review has been singing the praises of this story. Have to admit I understood hardly anything about the cars/exotics/customs...whatevers, all I was really focused on was the blossoming, flirtatious relationship between Cole and Ty, both broken men suffering from the loss of a loved one(s).

I loved the sensual, solid connection between the two of them, and the tentative re-connection between Ty and Aidan, and Ty and hi
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Same with book 2, this would have been really solid if this was shorter. Too long! I like Cole and although the MCs did not jump at each other right away, which I usually like, but this was just frustrating. There was just a lot of teasing, flirting and a lot of eye rolling on my end. Book 1 is still the best for me!
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Macky and I were lucky enough to read this one together and here is what we have to say about;

Mark: Let me begin with Cole now that I have met him. To be honest I found him absolutely adorable. I’m sure he would try the patience of a saint, but you just can’t help but to love him. His mouth is in overdrive before his brain has caught up at times, but you just have to smile as there is never ever any premeditated nastiness to it. It’s just like a child who says what they think no holds barred but
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This was a really really great book. I thought it caught my attention from the very first sentence of the first chapter. I wrote, "Already like this book just because the author used "Timber" by Pitbull feat. Kesha as the music Cole danced to" and "Oh Cole, you're not the only one imagining doing things with Adam Levine". So those two were good signs that I was into this book.

For references, I imagined Cole as Dani's Cole in her review and Dave Franco as Ty.

The story this time around wa
*4.5 stars*

I’ve not yet read all the books of the series, but this one : may well ends up as my fav of this series.

I totally felt in love with both characters. They are both different but compliment each other so well : motor-mouthed and energetic Cole getting Ty out of his shell and too strong sense of responsibility and guilt, and kind and calm Ty grounding Cole in the best way. Their relationship felt so right and steamy.

I also enjoyed very much the subplot, the friendship, and Ty’s shenaniga
Kaity B
Oct 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Same as before it was just as good as the first time! Ugh I love these two!

5 stars

Umm… YES. No other words needed….

okay maybe a few because this book was great. I loved My-Ty and Cole omg they were a perfect balance for one another. I am pissed that the rest of the series isn’t in audiobook format too but this can be read as a stand alone and I highly recommend it to everyone!
Don Bradshaw
I hate that it takes a year between these realistically written books because poof like a bag of potato chips the ride is over and I have to wait another year. This third installment in the Men of Halfway House series is my favorite so far. I got sucked right into the subtle interplay between Cole and Ty. There is no insta-love, let's fuck action in this story that is so prevalent in many m/m romance story. Ms Reese keeps it refreshingly real Cole is a complex character who primarily uses his o ...more
May 01, 2021 marked it as zz-dnf-2021  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gb-19q3-21q2
DNF @ 57%

I haven't touched this in 3 months, so I think it's time to admit defeat. At 33% I was loving it, and I'm really not sure what happened. I went to bed and maybe woke up a different person??

It started with the first scene with the MC's family, who I didn't like. And this is a long book, so the scenes all run a little longer than you would expect, which turned out to be a problem when it got to a part I didn't like.

Then there was an exchange between the MCs that had me screaming at the o
I love this series! Each book tells a story of struggle and finding oneself. Every man passing through Halfway House is worth fighting for. Cole and Ty have their own demons to fight and obstacles to overcome on the way to happiness. But Cole is strong enough to help Ty stand on both feet.

Cole is such a character. He is sharp as tack, brave and high-spirited. He breaks Ty out of the shell he's been hiding in, he breathes life into garage and charms everyone around him. I loved how he never moll
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