A Better Man
The Men of Halfway House 1
Main Characters: Julian and Matt
Release date: January 16, 2014 (2nd. ed)
Series: The Men of Halfway House #1 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Tropes: hurt/comfort, ex-con romance, starting over, Found Family, Friends to Lovers, Workplace Romance, Forced Proximity, Family Saga, Happily Ever After
Word Count: 69,034 words
Formats available: e-book and print
Matthew Doner is starting over. After a five-year prison term that alters every aspect of his life, he receives a bequest from his aunt with the stipulation that he use the money to make things right. Breaking free of the long-standing role he’s played and inspired by the few who support him, he decides to create a safe place where people like him can find purpose and start a new life.
Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, stubborn, and just what Matt needs. Desperate for work after a downturn of luck, he accepts the job to renovate Matt’s crumbling building.
Over the course of a year, romance simmers between them as they restore the house. But there’s a bigger renovation that must take place in their hearts. To become better men, they need to learn to trust each other even with secrets and painful memories they fear may rip them apart.