A Better Man

A Better Man - Jaime Reese 4.5 stars

A slow building story that unfolds over the course of a year when Matt hires Julian to rebuild and remodel a dilapidated house. Julian has been out of work and is being kicked out of his apartment so he manages to convince Matt to allow him to live in the building with him while he works. Both men have secrets and family issues. Matt has one of the most horrid mothers I've read in a while.

With both Julian and Matt's issues, this could have been an angst ridden drama. Instead it was a nice build to friends then lovers with sweet HEA. The devotion Julian shows Matt, and the way Matt grows with Julian standing by him was beautiful. There are a few good secondary characters, and I'm looking forward to following up with the couple throughout the series.