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A Worthy Man

(The Men of Halfway House #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,410 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. H
ebook, 425 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Romandeavor, Inc. (first published April 30th 2017)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Every week Drayton sends a letter. But he never receives a reply. He doesn't expect one.

His best friend, his lover, has been in prison for ten years. His crime? Saving Dray's life.

Vannguard Shaw never had much: an alcoholic father who kept him around for the welfare money and a lifetime of bruises. That all changed when he met Dray, who became his confidante, his boyfriend, his first and his everything.

Dray is the owner of D & V Infinity, a wildly successful car manufacturing company. He's we
Jaime Reese
Apr 11, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written-by-me
Target release date: May 2, 2017
Word count: 124K
This story can be read as a stand-alone.
Couples from prior stories briefly reappear.

No mystery/suspense/action element in this one.
No trigger warnings.
A little angst and a lot of love (some tough love and some sweet, sappy love).
This book!! Gah I really loved this one. Both Vann and Dray were "it" for each other from day one as young lads, each other's "one" and soul mates and this never wavered despite everything they were hit with. They just kept taking the hits, brushing themselves off and kept on going. They were both dealt really crap hands in life and I love that they rose above it all.

I think what really made this a 5 star read is that there was no relationship angst, and that they dealt with things as a unit. Al
4.5 Stars

Like all of the books in the Men of the Halfway House series, A Worthy Man is a story about second chances. Of overcoming your past and the obstacles that life throws your way. It's about learning that you do have worth, no matter how others may have tried to tear you down. It's about love.

As the author promised, A Worthy Man is much less angsty than the previous book. In fact, there isn't much angst at all and what of it there is feels organic. It's a sweet and romantic story, and whil
All the stars for this absolutely amazing story!!!

This is book #5 in the Men of the Halfway House series by Jaime Reese.

I've read all the previous books in this series and enjoyed them all, but this one is in a league of its own. I hope I'm not wrong when I say it can be read as a stand-alone. If you didn't get a chance to read all the other books you might not understand the dynamics between some of the secondary characters, such as Julian and Matt, from the first book, A better man. All th
Some people are lucky enough to fall in love with the love of their life. Others are blessed beyond belief with a soul mate.
But how can you tell the difference?

The love of your life captures a piece of your timeline.
A soul mate slashes your timeline into two separate pieces- before and after.

The love of your life takes your breath away.
A soul mate becomes the autonomic force of your breath, the subconscious drive behind your inhalations.

The love of your life makes your heart happy.
A soul mat
A great addition to this amazing series ~ a second chance love story that will melt your heart ~ D + V = ∞

A Worthy Man is book 5 in Jaime Reese's amazing series, The Men of Halfway House. While the stories are all interconnected, they can each be read as standalones...I however, would recommend reading them all or you will miss out on some great books!

What would you do if the love of your life was ripped away? If your soulmate was incarcerated for a crime that saved your life - and then refused
I really liked this book. I was curious about Drayton's story since he was mentioned in the third book and it didn't disappoint. The amount of struggle that Vann and Dray went through is enormous but all it did made them better men.

The first part of the book was so emotional that many a tear was shed especially with the notepad! I was so sad for both of them, how unfair life was to them and how people who should have loved them didn't and betrayed their trust.

Poor Vann trying to make sense of
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I really, ADORED A Restored Man 😍😍😍, but this one ran it a very close second I have to admit...

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There was so much love, passion, tenderness and belief in this [kind of] second chances story featuring Dray and Vann [odd names though seriously, Drayton and Vannguard] their looks, in their touches, the intensity built up over ten years of loneliness and grief that you just knew [and prayed like mad] that everything would work out for them....and the letters, Gahd the letters
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Swoony Stars

If you want a heart wrenching, punch you in the guts, but ultimately, happy ever after love story, then this is for you!

This is hurt comfort at its very best.

Vann and Dray are unfairly and brutally separated from each other for years. Time and distance however, never dimmed the love they had for the other, a love that gave them strength and support and hope to survive. Now they finally have a second chance at happiness, but it’s going take a lot of healing and adjustments on bot
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. I'm not much of a reviewer but here goes . . .
This book is like reading the best, most delicious epilogue ever. You know - the epilogues you want to read for your favorite books? The ones where you see how their lives turned out after the HEAs? The epilogues where their love story continues?
Just as good the 2nd time. <3
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm such a party pooper today, sorry:( I swear I 've been reading this since it came out. Which is almost a year ago. A few pages here and there every month. SO LOOOOONG! So many repetitive, inner monologues. I had to suspend disbelief multiple times and roll my eyes at the cheesiness. But good writing and I loved the flashbacks. 2.75 stars rounded up I guess.
Denise H.
*** Marvelous, heartwarming, gut wrenching, loving, and deeply gripping !
* Outstanding ! * A magnificent story ! *

Dray and Vann, together seven years, the hatred of a small town, wrongly imprisoned for 10 years, we now get to see a deep, amazing, serious novel. Dray

was a rich kid, a nerd, but his hateful mom cut off his inheritance and disowned him
- all because he loved Vann.

When younger, Vann fended off Dray's bullies and their friendship formed a forever love. Dray crafted a new life, a n
5 Stars

This is one of only a handful of book series that I have consistently given full stars to each subsequent book. That in itself is a rarity and it’s so damn impressive that Reese keeps upping the ante with every story she releases within The Men of Halfway House series, making each one even more gripping and all-consuming than the last.

Here, we witness a truly epic love story between opposites Drayton and Vann. They initially met when they were teenagers – Drayton 17 and Vann 14 – each fr
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

When I read A Restored Man I somehow got it in my head that Drayton was this old dude. So it took me a while to get the right image in my head when I started this book. I think it's the name, I really dislike the name Drayton. It just sounds old.. Luckily the story was great. No old dudes here.

Drayton and Vann met when Vann was 14 and Drayton was 17. They became fast friends and eventually something more (I loved that they waited with their first kiss for Vann's 18th birthday).

But then
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, favorites
4.75 stars
For some reason I never read this series and this book opened my eyes to the beauty that is Jaime Reese and her characters.
This book was just fucking beautiful. I liked the fact that the book completely a stand alone, I was curious about the other guys but that's it.
This story is just a beautiful romance, it was sad sometimes because these guys went trough a lot, specially Vann but i loved the fact that they didn't let bad stuff defeat them.
This is definitely a feel good book with a
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
3 stars

So I'm right in the middle of the rating scale here on GR because that's exactly how I felt about the story. It had something that kept my interest but at the same time I wanted to reach the end so I could move on.

The characters were very likeable and I liked the idea of the plot a lot. Unfortunately, the actual story was different than what I expected.

With Vann being in prison for 10 years I expected to read about his struggle to accustom to living free again or even his reaction to ever
Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
I might be a bit harsh with my rating of this book, but...

When I read MM, I want MEN!!!!!!!! I want men on men interactions. I’m a heterosexual female who wants a double dose of manly men!! Even a MAN and a twink is OK, bc at least there’s ONE man in the equation. But the 2 MCs in this book don’t behave and talk like MEN!

The premise had a lot of promise. I like ex-con bad boy tropes. None of that “sexiness” was in here. I like been apart but stayed true to each other tropes, but the one in here
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, amazon
Pure Romance

The Second Chance/Reunited Lovers trope is always a favorite but I've never read it done quite so well as this. I've loved every book in this series and Jaime Reese is an auto-buy. This story was a bit different than the first few, as Vann Shaw is coming out after 10 years, when he'd thought he was in for life. That of course, has colored his whole psyche, making a huge difference in how he's facing being free again. His first love, Drayton, is there to meet him, after spending 10 ye
3.5 Stars


-The second chance romance came across as genuine and sweet.

-The protagonists were lovable and had me rooting for them.

-The chemistry was palpable.

-The flashbacks weren't disruptive and gave us an insight into how their friendship started and grew into more.


-The dialogue was repetitive.

-The pace of the story started to drag at 50% and never picked up again.

-This book could've been 25% shorter and it still would've accomplished the same story.

It was an endearing story overal
Kindle Alexander
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This entire series is a must read for any MM Romance lover. Jaime can write a good book. They are long and meaty, full of all the feels. Love her stories.
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧ by: Sheri's review
A Pure & Simplistic Romance


His vision, his world.

He made this book intro fab! And, he was persona perfection!! Faithful, loving, nurturing and a geek through and through.

His character was well and beautifully written.

Drayton “Dray”
Birth Name: Drayton Delereux
Height: 6’1″
Age: 34
DOB: 1983
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Dark brown
Occupation: Owner of D&V Infinity, Corp. Developer of electric motor.
Personality/Characteristics: Reserved. Observant. Has a need for always finding “the answer” to a problem. I
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The feels!! Omg! The letters made me cry, damnnnn.. both H/H were celibate during the separation and they were each other’s only partner.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 and 1/2 stars
Good story.
Beth doesn't write  enough reviews
Beautiful, made me cry more than once.

But, I held 1 Star back because the author used the word synergy. More than once. UGH!!
Serena Yates
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, read-2017
Every time I read one of the ‘Men of Halfway House' novels I think it is better than the previous one. This being the fifth of the loosely linked stories, and no exception to the aforementioned “rule”, I am beginning to run out of words to say how much I like this series: the characters and their issues, the emotional and other obstacles they have to overcome, and the passion they share. At the end of ‘A Worthy Man’ I was so full of emotions that it took me two days before I am now able to sit d ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two lost souls who find love with each other. Drayton and Vann were both abused by the people who were supposed to love them unconditionally. They survived by finding each other, but are torn apart for ten years. I couldn't wait to read this story after I devoured the rest of the series. I was not disappointed! They reconnect after Vann is finally released from prison. He was incarcerated after saving Drayton's life. He shouldn't have had to serve so much time, but Drayton's corrupt senator mom ...more
5+ 'D+V=∞' stars.

"Sometimes you just need one person to make you feel like you fit in this world."

You know when you read a book so good, that there's just no words that will do it justice? That's how I kind of feel about this book. I don't really have a word or sentence to tell you how much I loved this book. How much it broke me but than put me back together ten times stronger.

In a nutshell, Vann and Dray are two halves of a whole. Literally. They just really worked. It was incredible rea
4 stars

I loved that these guys were always in love and there was never any question about it even during the 10 year separation. And they remained loyal to each other! I also loved the slow burn.

On the flip side, this felt a little too long for me. Also, a number of the plot points had me rolling my eyes a little (view spoiler)
AHhhhh, yay!! I loved this! But unfortunately I stayed up until 2:30 at night to finish it, so I must go to bed.

Review to come shortly :D


So I've only read the second book of this series before this one, and I saw that it was probably best to read this series in order, but I felt, at least for this one, it wasn't needed. There wasn't a lot you needed to know about other characters from previous books to follow the plot of this one.

Which is, Vanngaurd Shaw has been in prison for 10 years becau
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