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 team.

There's only one way to settle it, once and

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.

Editorial Reviews

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619216907
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
714,755
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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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Family Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I loved this story, I couldn't put it down. Very enjoyable and loved the main characters. That last chapter had me grinning so much. Read through those 550-some pages without me even knowing I finished it.
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ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
Could Not Put Down  I went to bed and finished a book and thought, hey I’ve got a few minutes, I’m not tired, I’ll just start another one.  Well needless to say I was still awake at 3:30am when I finished Family Man.  I could not stop reading it!  It was so good.  And it hit a lot nerves when discussing the problems family members have when they’re dealing with an alcoholic.  I’ll definitely be checking out other books by Heidi and Marie.  
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Awesome story not rushed well developed and characters you get swept up in.
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This story took too long to develop its characters. I also found the dialogue to be tedious and confusing as to which character was talking during each paragraph. The other reviews made it seem like a great story, but it really disappointed me. Not worth the time and money.
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Loved this story, loved the main characters, loved the supporting characters - loved it all.
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This was one of the best m/m romance books I've read.
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This was a tender and beautiful love story. I loved it; I could not put it down. I liked that the main characters went on a journey that ended in true love, involving so many aspects of love in a relationship. Just loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. This author duo should definitely collaborate a lot more in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it.. would like to hear about them
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog You could say that I devoured it!” ~Under the Covers FAMILY MAN took me by surprise when I picked it up after coming home from work. It grabbed my attention and didn’t let it go until I had finished the last word before I went to bed. You could say that I devoured it! Set in Chicago, Vince is a member of a close nit Italian family and not a spring chicken. He’s been married three times, divorced three times. Hasn’t found the happiness he was looking for in love or his job. And then one day he starts wondering if there has been an attraction to men before and maybe he should pursue it. He ventures out to a different part of town to a gay club hoping to avoid anyone that would know him and test the waters. Instead he finds Trey Giles there. Younger than him, still in college, and a kid well known by his family. But also the same kid that has caught his eye while eating in his family’s restaurant. As much as he wants to resist, the approach of the non-dates gets him giving that first step. Their relationship was sweet and full of emotion. They both have some major issues to deal with. Vince coming to terms that he is gay, and then having to come out to his family. Trey having issues with his addicted mother and the responsibilities of taking care of his household. Trey is very mature which makes this pairing work for me and Vince didn’t fight who he was once he made the decision to find out who that was. This is another winner by this amazing writing duo! I can’t wait to see what they do next because I KNOW I’ll love it! *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! This book was awesome! Powerful love story! Love these two authors individually, but together? They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
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