Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

family-manTitle: Family Man

Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Angela Waters

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/12/2013

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance

Blurb:

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.

Product Warnings
This book deals with alcoholism, broken promises, and overbearing little sisters.

My View:

I have read Family Man several times now. It was one of the first m/m stories I ever added to my my comfort read pile and I tend to grab it whenever I need a pick me up or am in a reading rut.

This is one of those stories that is just solid and strong. There is a bit of angst but for the most part, this is all about love and finding yourself. I love Vince and his stereotypical Italian heritage. I love Trey and how he busts Vince out of the closet with a battering ram. I love the way these men fit together emotionally and that emotion is what leads to more. I love that this story is all about the relationship and sex happens, but is a consequence of the love, not a cause of the love.

I want a big Italian family like Vince’s family. I want to be swept up in the love and familial bond they share. I loved what they did for Trey and his grandma and I was in tears when Vince’s mother smacked him for thinking she wouldn’t love her son unconditionally.

I love this book so much but am struggling to find the words to tell you why. I suppose it is just the overwhelming feeling of rightness about these two men and their journey. It swept me up and held me captive and as I have said before, I keep coming back to their love whenever I need comfort or familiarity. I am so glad we did this retro read because it gave me an excuse to reread Family Man and remember all the reasons this steady love story is one of my favorites.

My final thought is that the ending is absolutely perfect! I laughed even while I was teary eyed.

Links

Family Man on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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