Monday, September 11, 2017

Release Day Review: Family Man by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton #Review #Giveaway

Authors: Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton
Book: Family Man 2nd Edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: September 11, 2017
Length: 206 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Sometimes family chooses you.

At forty, Vincent “Vinnie” Fierro is still afraid to admit he might be gay—even to himself. It’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, it’s getting harder to ignore what he really wants.

Vinnie attempts some self-exploration in 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, Trey agrees to let Vinnie court him and see if he truly belongs on this side of the fence—though Trey intends to keep his virginity intact.

It seems like a solid plan, but nothing is simple when family is involved. When Vinnie’s family finds out about their relationship, the situation is sticky enough, but when Trey’s mother goes critical, Vinnie and Trey must decide whose happiness is most important—their families’ or their own.

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This is a book that I've read before and loved. I was very happy to settle in with Vinnie and Trey again.

Vincent "Vinnie" Fierro is a thrice divorced, forty-year-old Italian man. He comes from a big, fat Italian family that would never understand that Vinnie is starting to question whether or not he is gay.Vinnie decides to test the waters and see if he's attracted to men by going to Chicago's Boystown. The last thing he wants needs or expects is to run into someone from the neighborhood.

Trey Giles never has time for fun or going out and finding time for a relationship would be impossible. Trey is a responsible young man, he works two jobs, goes to college, takes care of his grandmother and has to deal with his mother's ongoing substance addictions. Going out for a night of dancing is a rare treat, spending the evening dancing up close to Vinnie...incredible. Trey always thought Vinnie was straight, but they can't deny their attraction to each other. Trey decides to let Vinnie court him and help Vinnie to figure out if he's truly gay. Trey has no intentions of giving up his virginity though, no matter how strong the attraction is.

Secrets are hard to keep in their neighborhood and soon Vinnie's family learns of their relationship and the truth about Vinnie. Before they can deal with the fallout from the Fierros, Trey's mom's situation becomes critical. Trey and his grandmother, who has always been treated like family at Emilio's, Vinnie's family restaurant. The Fierros will pull together to help Trey and his grandmother care for Trey's mother. That's what family does, they take care of each other. Eventually Trey and Vinnie's relationship will have to be dealt with, but for first.

As I said, going back and spending time with Trey and Vinnie again was a real treat. This may be a romance between Trey and Vinnie, but at its heart, this book is about family and community. I love that, I love being taken to a place where people put aside differences to be there for each other. Family is an ongoing theme throughout this book and it's done so well.


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