Friday, May 24, 2013

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Title: Family Man 
Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
My Rating: B+ 


Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Vince and Trey
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Sometimes family chooses you.

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.

My Review:
I wasn't so sure about this book at the beginning. Vince is under a sink doing plumbing for a gay couple when he has the "first thought" that maybe he's gay. He's 40 with 3 divorces under his belt. At first, it truly just seemed like he just wants to belong somewhere, rather than being gay, but as the story evolved, things became clearer as to how he got to this place.

Vince is part of a huge Italian family who runs a string of restaurants. He has an MBA in accounting, but does plumbing work instead...just because he needs some separation from his family. 

The other side of this is Trey. Trey is young....twenty-six and trying to get through school one class at a time, while working two jobs and taking care of his grandmother and drunk mother. Every dime the family ever had went to mom's rehab which never stuck, now Trey is drowning in debt and responsibility and barely keeping his head above water. Unlike Vince, the only family he has is mom and Grandma and they aren't exactly a great support system. He's been out as gay pretty much his whole life, but is shocked when he finds Vince at the local gay club looking extremely uncomfortable. The gay community is all about the sex and Trey isn't into that...in fact, he's a virgin. When he sleeps with a guy, he wants it to be about love, not just the sex. 

While Vince is floundering with his sexuality and certainly not comfortable with the sex part of it, his relationship with Trey is perfect. Neither one of them wants to go there and they have a great time together, despite their differences. He also doesn't know what to do about his new realization with his family, who don't seem like they will be very accepting of a gay son.

I liked how family played so large in this story. Vince and Trey come from such different backgrounds, but I love that Vince's family and how they step up. His relationship with his sister is also huge in this book and I love the bond that they have and how it helps him to understand Trey more. 

This was just one of those feel-good books to read. It was a good story and definitely entertaining. I liked it!



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