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Family Man

Family Man

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by Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Vincent Fierro has spent his life trying to be the good Catholic boy his large Italian family expects him to be, but, at age 38, with three divorces behind him, he wonders if he’ll ever find a special someone. On a routine plumbing job for a gay couple, Vince realizes he wants the emotional connection the two men have but not with a guy, because he’s not gay. Well, maybe. Vince confides in his sister Rachel about his attraction to men, and she encourages him to visit a few Chicago gay bars to see how it feels. Vince feels nothing except his age until he runs into a familiar face. College student Trey Giles is more than ten years younger than Vince but is older than most of his fellow students since he takes fewer classes while working two jobs. Trey is out to his friends and quickly realizes Vince is still closeted, but he suggests a “not date” at a jazz club, and the two end up slow dancing the evening away. Vince’s insecurity about coming out to his family and Trey’s own insecurity relating to his alcoholic mother make their relationship rocky until they each face their problems head on and find the strength to reach out to each other.

Verdict Cullinan and Sexton’s second collaboration (after Second Hand) takes the traditional romantic trope of older experienced man/younger inexperienced woman and turns it on its ear. However, they capture the beauty of developing a relationship based on mutual interest without resorting to immediate gratuitous sex (although the eventual sex is steamy) in an homage to the old-fashioned romance. They don’t gloss over the problems the two men face, but tackling them realistically makes their book stronger. Highly recommended for all libraries.—Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., Macon, GA

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From the Publisher
“Thanks to the recommendation from a friend, I finally picked up a book by Heidi Cullinan, and I'm so glad I did.”
USAToday

“I fell in love with the sheer beauty of the writing.”
—Dear Author on Dance With Me

“Marie Sexton crafts a beautiful story.”
—Under the Covers on Promises

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619214668
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
63,430
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com. Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Learn more at www.MarieSexton.net.

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