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. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.
After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.
Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.
* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K
“Emotionally, beautiful and inspiring” – Amanda L Amazon Reviewer
“A great addition to this series. One of the most romantic books I’ve read this year.” – Bayou Book Junkie
“Overall…Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving.” – Two Book Pushers
A Worthy Man combines my two favorite tropes – friends-to-lovers and second chances – in an incredibly sweet, emotional and angst-free way. I loved this book. It’s the first in the Halfway House series that I have read, but it had me immediately adding the backlist to my TBR. It can definitely be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
I loved the characters in this book, both the main characters, Vann and Drayton, as well as the secondary characters, both old and new. There were some incredibly touching moments with each of them that I absolutely loved, and each secondary character was essential, each playing a role in Vann and Dray’s story and growth. My personal favorite was Ben, a fellow parolee at the halfway house with Vann. I’d be 100% on board with reading his story.
This book has absolutely no angst. That’s actually the only thing that kept this from being a five-star read for me; the lack of…. bite. At times I enjoyed it – this is simply the love story of Vann and Dray, and what a beautiful one it is. But it seemed a bit unrealistic for there to be no angst whatsoever, relationship-wise. They love each other, yes, powerfully, but they’ve been apart for ten years, ten formative years, with no reciprocal contact at all. They pretty much jumped right back in the saddle. I would’ve expected to see one or both of them fight for it a little. This was only a minor drawback, however. I did genuinely enjoy their story and look forward to catching up on the rest of the series.
A copy of this book was received for review on OMGReads.com.