Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton


Title: Family Man

Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Publisher: Samhain (releasing 3/12/13)

Rating: B+ B List

Blurb: How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? That’s a question Vince Fierro is almost afraid to answer. If he is gay, it’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, he can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing for the wrong team.

There’s only one way to settle it, once and for all—head for Chicago’s Boystown bars, far from anyone who knows him. Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood.

Between working two jobs, going to school, taking care of his grandmother, and dealing with his mother’s ongoing substance abuse, Trey Giles has little time for fun, let alone dating someone who swears he’s straight. Yet after one night of dancing cheek-to-cheek to the sultry strains of Coltrane, Trey finds himself wanting to help Vinnie figure things out—no promises, and no sex.

It seems like a simple plan, until their “no-sex” night turns into the best date of their lives and forges a connection that complicates everything.

Warning: This book deals with alcoholism, broken promises, and overbearing little sisters.

Review: Vince has been divorced several times, and why? Late in life, he wonders if he might be gay. I always have a hard time believing this trope, but the authors carry if off beautifully and though I didn’t quite buy it, I accepted it enough to thoroughly enjoy the tale.

After colliding with Trey, Vince is immediately attracted. They dance and sparks fly. Considering how doubtful Vince is, he’s surprisingly forward in this scene. In fact, I often got that feeling as I read; Vince was braver than I thought he should be for one in his position, until he gets to the point where he is overcome with terror at what’s happening.

And Trey? Nice boy, darlings. A real sweetheart. Doesn’t want to do anything until hearts are involved. An old-fashioned attitude but in this story, it works. The build-up to the point where they finally let down the walls takes a while to get to, and to good effect.

I devoured this story avidly. The main characters are wonderful; I related to them immediately. Vince is surrounded and protected by his big Italian family, while Trey struggles with his alcoholic mother and wonderful grandmother. The last part of the book will have you reaching for the tissues.

As often happens in real life, events conspire to bring our two men together. I was pulling for them all the way and by the time I reached the end, was feeling satisfied and… dare I say it? Sated. 🙂

A wonderful story! Get it, and enjoy.

Reviewed by: Red

Posted on February 6, 2013, in Red Licorice and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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