Book Review: Family Man – Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

Family ManThis was the second book collaboration by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton that I’ve read, the first one being the second book in the Tucker Springs series entitled “Second Hand” which I loved to bits!

Family Man centers on Vince Fierro and Trey Giles. Vince made it to middle age when he suddenly realized that he’s actually gay. As per the book’s blurb – How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? And HE IS gay but went through three divorces. He’s also got this big Italian family which totally means the world to him – or atleast their approval. Upon realizing this “mystery” about himself – he found himself tangled with someone from their old neighborhood.

Trey Giles has two jobs, takes care of his grandma and his alcoholic mother and attend school at the same time. The poor doesn’t have the time for fun until he stumbled upon his old neighbor Vince Fierro whom he decided to help figure things out.

Together both men forge a connection that led to romance and validates some of their suspicion but they also have to face their own family issues which could easily damage their budding relationship – for good.

I’m actually not big on stories with gay-for-you theme. I mean, I find myself rolling my eyes unconsciously with these characters but when a story is well written and well thought of, I tend to disregard that fact. Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton made some solid grounds here in developing both Vince and Trey’s characters. Both are charming and realistic. The angst was ample but it didn’t overshadow the easy chemistry between the MCs. I’m nicking one star from this story because the conclusion made my right brow raise a little. It was a bit ideal for my taste and it doesn’t feel that finished. I wished an epilogue was written showing that they’re still together after some years – so it’s a Happy-for-Now story but hey, I don’t want to be overly critical about this since I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published March 12th 2013 by Samhain Publishing

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