Book: La Famiglia
Series: Men of Gilead Novel #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Length: 324 pages
Reviewed by Erin
A Men of Gilead Novel
Forrester Giordano comes from a huge, nosy Italian family, and with their homophobic jokes and slurs, he’s decided to stay in the closet. He finds respite in his bookstore in the quaint village of Gilead—where he has a huge crush on one of his customers, Kyle Benson.
Kyle is determined to live his dreams, and though life isn’t easy being deaf, one by one he’s making them come true. He’s scored a great job practicing law, bought a cute bungalow where he can finally have a big flower garden, and he has a dog he loves, Jasper. Now he just needs one thing to complete his happiness: a family of his own to make up for the one he never had.
Forrester and Kyle’s relationship starts off hot and heavy, and neither man can deny the depth of their connection. When Forrester’s little brother gets mixed up with their heroin-dealing cousin and his mother falls ill, Forrester has a decision to make—maybe the hardest of his life. For the first time, he’s found a man worth coming out for.
Unfortunately nothing ever goes according to plan with la famiglia.
We return to the quaint and charming small town of Gilead in Deanna Wadsworths' new book, La Famiglia. It's book two of her Men of Gilead series, though it's a standalone so no worries for you if you haven't read the first one yet. There is something quite captivating about the town Wadsworth has set this series in, and I find myself falling more and more in love with the setting and the people with each book. And if you're a fan of big families, book stores, and cute dogs, this is definitely the book for you.
Forrester Giordano comes from a huge Italian family. You know the kind ... where everyone is all up in your business, where you sometimes have to shout to be heard, and where insults are flung far and wide on a regular basis. None of this is anything that Forrester can't deal with, except when the insults are of the homophobic variety and he has to keep his true self hidden away from those he loves most. He loves his job at the local bookstore, especially as it lets him indulge in his big time crush on his favorite customer, Kyle. Kyle Benson is a man who goes after what he wants and hasn't ever let anything, not even the fact that he's deaf, stop him. He's got a great job, a fabulous house, and his dog, Jasper, is his best companion and friend. The only thing that would make his life better was someone to share it with and it doesn't take long before Kyle thinks Forrester might just be that person.
I really loved how Wadsworth lets the relationship between Kyle and Forrester flow. It progresses so naturally, and the two really seam to click, no matter that Kyle is deaf or that Forrester is still in the closet as far as his family is concerned. Their is a gentle friendship that is just so lovely and really fits with the overall vibe of the story itself. The Giordano family is big and loud and could have easily taken over the entire book, but they didn't and I was so happy about that. Sure, they play a big part, but the focus remains on the romance between Forrester and Kyle. This was a really sweet, mostly quiet book that I enjoyed from beginning to end. I recommend you give it a chance and fall in love with The Men of Gilead, too!
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