Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Family Man CullinanFamily Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Novel:  67,154 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3

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.


This is a sweet story, not a lot of sex.  There was a huge buildup to it.  I thought the idea of this book sounded good and the writers always write good stories.  I was a bit disappointed by this one though.  The writing was excellent and the character development was good.  I had a little bit of a hard time with Vince’s change in the story.  It seemed out of nowhere and so complete as to be unreal.  A few more crises with it would have made more sense.  Also it seemed that everything seemed to magically fix itself when something happened.  In overall it just didn’t seem very realistic for a contemporary story line.

Now if it is just the story itself and you can get past the believability factor it is very enjoyable.  The characters are warm and sweet.  The relationship is tender and builds at a fairly good pace.  I did enjoy that part if I just immersed myself in the story itself.



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Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, TJ and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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