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A Sweet Man

(The Men of Halfway House #7)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  145 reviews
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 newfo
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published June 16th 2020
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
When I read A Worthy Man, the fifth book of the Men of Halfway House series, I fell in love with Ben, the innocent, Deaf boy (Ben was only 19 then) who cherished his stuffed bunny just because his sister gave it to him. I desperately wanted a HEA for Ben, and thank the heavens, Jaime Reese wrote a beautiful one, plush bull and all.

But before the end came the beginning, which sees Ben back at Matt and Julian's Halfway House five years later after trusting the wrong people once again. Thanks to A
Wendys Wycked Words

I have been wanting and waiting to read Ben's story for a long time now. I was so happy when I finally got to dive into this one. This has definitely been one of the most anticipated books of this year for me.

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I am also very glad to say that it did not disappoint.

Ben, for as long as he has been around, has always been the softhearted one of the series. His big heart, and the fact that he trusts so easily, has sent him to jail and The Halfway House twice now... 

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Being back at the Halfway House agai
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

Despite it being a long 2 years since A Chosen Man was released, and despite me only remembering half the details of previous books, Reese continues to deliver on the sweet swoony romance between two people who don’t believe love is in the cards for them.

Ben - deaf and long taken advantage of, his life hasn’t been easy as everyone he has held dear has left him. He’s a kind hearted soul who has been dealt a shit hand, his ever pleasing nature is always willing and eager to help those who a
There are only a handful of things that continue to bring me absolute joy as the years pass me by...The Men of Halfway House have secured their spot on my list and this new release was a sunny spot during a time of dark clouds. I savored the pages and soaked up each and every moment. My typical M.O. when I pick up one of Jaime's books is to devour the entire book in a matter of a day or two (depending on my need for sleep) but this time I reined in all my self-discipline and only allowed a chapt ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As per author's words, this book was very sweet. In fact it was the sweetest book in the series, but that does not mean it wasn't angsty and at times heart-wrenching. It so was. The book covered many months in lives of Ben and Bull separately as well as together. They had time to become friends first then fall in love. The book was rather long due to internal musings of both MCs while they tried to figure out themselves and their feelings. Most of the story was steadily paced and didn't contain ...more
4 Stars

A Sweet Man is the seventh book in Reese’s long-running, deeply romantic, M/M romance series, The Men of Halfway House, which carries ongoing themes of hope, redemption and precious new beginnings for the deliciously sweet men that fill the pages of these stories. You best believe I was chomping at the bit to get my grubby hands on this latest installment when the release news dropped.

Yes, it can technically be read as a standalone—I get that some readers don’t want to commit to seven wh
I'm having very mixed feelings about this. I really liked the sweetness of it all. And I thought Ben and Bull were great characters.

But I also thought this book was looooooong. Even the epilogue kind of went on and on and on.

I know I'm probably one of the few who feels that way, since all my GR friends adore this book. And I can totally see why. But while I was reading this I also kept thinking, when is this going to end, because at times I felt it was never ending.

I think Jaime Reese and I don

What can I say?? Puddle of goo big-time. 💜🧡💛💚💙 Loved, Loved, LOVED it!! SWOON...HUGE sigh of contentment [see GIF above 😉], all the hearts and all the stars for B & B as Jaime calls them. There were plenty of happy and sad tears, it was just sooo emotionally satisfying and exactly what I needed today. Great catching up with most of the guys from the series, and although I was perhaps hoping for Cal's story next, the fact that he is now partnered off too puts that one firmly out of the ru
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
I don't know where all the high scores came from. This is... just unrealistic.

1. Men don't talk like that.
2. Can Ben be any more of a victim? 14% and assaulted twice? Waiting for others to rescue him?
3. Their first time together, no talk of STDs or anything, just flat out bareback?
4. Was it Ben's first time? Seemed that way... but everything seemed like NOT his first time while it was happening. The writing just didn't do the occasion justice.

I can go on... DNF 67%. I don't like to give up 2/3
This is a super sweet, slow burn that picks up about 5 years after we last saw Ben who was the 19-year-old, deaf resident of Halfway House who had a bit of a staring problem. Here he finally gets his own HEA and Bull is the perfect man for him.

Ben's been through so much, and there is still some rough road ahead, but the majority of this story is pure romance that will make you smile. These two are seriously perfect for each other, and seriously hot together. It was nice catching up with Matt an
Joyfully Jay
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

There is no denying that Jaime Reese’s The Men of Halfway House series is one of my favorites. I cannot express how this author just seems to get better and better at developing rich characters who may be flawed, but have a goodness inside them that draws the reader to them like a moth to flame. I can only hope that somehow A Sweet Man is not the last novel in this group, but if it is, Reese has certainly done the series justice by saving such an emotional and heart
Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
I'm a huge fan of this series, I loved every book, some more than others, so I was really happy when this book was announced (as always when one of my favourite author writes another wonderful book)!
The blurb says everything you need to know, the writing style is really good, as usual! The pace is amazing and lovely (a little slow in the middle, but every romantic will have hearts in the eyes, guaranteed).
So, I loved this story and I really recommend it! It can be read as a standalone, but it wo
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought no book in this series was gonna top Drayton and Vann's story, which I loved 3000 ❤, but Bull and Ben's book has come very close, it's touched my heart, their relationship was the sweetest 🥰 ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book. A sweet love story
A little too long and a little too sweet, but it got the job done.

Side note: Wasn't a fan of the author totally glossing over an attempted sexual assault. Like, the character "got over it" that same night and it was never mentioned again. *side eyes the author*
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku
3.5. I hesitated between rounding up or down but settled on down because this dragged on and on. The book is, IMO, way too long. The story is great but it dragged (view spoiler). The MCs were well suited and the way they got acquainted and became friends was great and sweet. It took me a while to warm up to Ben because his characterization was a bit off to me at the beginning. The way his deafness was represented was amazing but he read ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH HOLY SWOON! I have really enjoyed this series and I think this may be my favorite. Holy moly, Bull and Ben absolutely owned my heart, these two men who truly deserve happiness and love! It’s actually a bit difficult for me to try to express how I feel about this book, I loved it that much. Bull and Ben will have a forever place in my heart.

This book is truly romance, these two men finding real and true love together. Ben has lived a tough life, born deaf and pretty much without real family fo
Lelyana's Reviews
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, mm, arc, most-anticipated

Ben and Gabriel/Bull's story was just like I expected. It was slow, you need a little patient like Bull to really savor this story. Because Ben, he's worth it.
I was curious about Ben's story since Aiden's book, and soon as I got the ARC, I devour his story.
It's not the same atmosphere like the previous books, but I enjoyed it. Ben and Bull were made for each other, and soon as they'd met, the sparks bloomed.
Though near the end there was something, a horrible things happened (of course, it's Jai
Denise H.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable, stunning tale, with beautiful writing that grips us right away.
We open with ex-con, sweet Ben, 24, deaf, a smaller,

lean muscled guy, trying to survive in a bad probationary home, where he's saved by Aidan.
Then he's taken to the Halfway House, owned by Matt and Julian.
Next we see Bull/Gabe, 38, ex-military, big muscled warrior, who is on the job in a dangerous situation.

He works for a security/bodyguard business now. His sister Natalie owns a Bakery, which is where Bull
Gemini Chronicle
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, steamy-mm
Ouch, but in a good way. That manipulative dimple really did a number on me.

I don’t even know what to say. After trying the first book in this series, I kind of like waved it off. I’m neurotic when it comes to reading books in order, but I heard DEAF and VIRGIN so I just went for it.

I needed a swoony, steamy romance that left my heart singing and A Sweet Man 100% delivered. I don’t really have anything to say that’ll add to this review, so I’ll go with how it made me FEEL.

Hopeful. Inspired. G
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great addition to the series

4.25 Stars

This one worked on a number of levels for me

I loved Ben and his staring when we met him in Shaw’s book and in this one we got to know him better and he is just lovely.

I felt for him that his trusting ways let him down and that it was his friends that did it. I loved that the guys looked out for him in their own little ways and also taught him to be able to say no. I liked that Ben tried to go on his own at the start and was heartbroken when that didn’t wor
This book was EVERYTHING!!!! I have been so excited to read this and it did NOT disappoint. Ben was so sweet. Bull was so gentle and patient. *sigh* I LOVED how Julian, Aiden, Cal, and Bull all protected him in their own ways.

(view spoiler)
I was so excited when I learned that there will be a new book for this series and it is Ben's story! Granted this work perfectly well as a standalone, I was quite smitten by this deaf boy that had such a hard life.
Let me just say that this book is as sweet as the title itself. It started off with Ben being back at Halfway House feeling sorry for himself, but the house owners Matt and Julian are always there to love and support their boys. It warms my heart to see that Ben has a place to belong
Vania Nunes
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was already missing this series.
With each book, I feel that I could not like more than I like the previous book, but Jaime always surprises me (even though she gets stressed with each new book released LOL).

In this one, we finally have Ben's story.
Ben is more than a special character. Not only because he is a sweet person, who trusts people (which is why he ends up going to prison twice), but also because he is deaf.
After losing his parents and being separated from his sister (each went to a d
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I heard there was going to be another Men of Halfway House, I might have done an internal happy dance. I loved this book! Ben just settled in my heart in the best of ways. He was so sweet, shy and innocent, and I loved how Grabriel/Bull let Ben set the pace. Their communication, of trust, of honesty was so special. I was also grateful that Ben's past was not the story, but ultimately Bull's story, and wow that was honestly a surprise. Well done! ...more
Get ready…a classic Folsom review coming your way!! 🤣🤣🤣 I finished A Sweet Man (The Men of Alway House #7/KU) by Jaime Reese last night and WHOA, Jaime, OMG you've simply outdone yourself…You freaking NAILED it! It is an amazing sexy, sweet, slow (but not too slow) burn, relatively low angst, organic, hurt/comfort, age gap, LOVE story…Yes, a true LOVE STORY!!! I fell in love with Ben and Gabriel from word one literally! Sweet, young, broken Ben, deaf since birth and the AHMAZING Gabriel “Bull” d ...more
Stopping @ 63%

No rating because I didn't finish it. I hope I get back into it one day when the mood strikes because I loved the last two books. It's not the book, its 100% me since I've been in a weird mood the last 2 months
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay so not only is this my first read from this author but it is also my first read where one of the main characters has a disability. In this case Ben is deaf, used by those he thought of as friends ending up in trouble and landing himself in prison and then Halfway House where he finds his chosen family. We see this couple Ben and Gabriel ‘bull’ del toro grow and learn from each other we see them both struggle with the decisions made by others and the aftermath of certain times in their past ...more
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am fairly stingy with my 5-star ratings. They only come out for books that have me making a realization that is unrelated to the storyline. In this case, I found myself looking up from the book to note how reading it felt...quiet. I've read other books that have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing MC, even where MC2 can sign ASL, but is not Deaf or HoH. But none of them have given off the feeling to me while reading that the world seems less loud. This one did. The writing here was lush and full, withou ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
An avid fan of Jamie Reese's The Men of Halfway House series, I was elated to read A Sweet Man, the seventh book in the series. This is a story with a whole lot of heart and sweetness.

From the first page, Ben is a lovable and broken character. After a series of bad choices and mistakes, he is headed back to Halfway House. And the emotions are out in full force.

Ben's an amazing character with many layers. He's deaf, he's been too trusting in his past, and he's trying to get back to life. He's h
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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 weakne

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