Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Maxfield Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: novel plus (250 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine and it isn’t long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver’s seat—even if it seems like each man is driving a different car.
Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid—Nick—has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home. Not even a tempting, red-hot relationship with a very attractive man. However, when Richard looks into Logan’s blue eyes it’s tough to stay focused.
It’s never easy to become a family, what with a temperamental eight-year-old, disapproving outsiders, and outright extortion attempts. But when push comes to shove, both Logan and Richard are committed family men who want to make a loving home for a little boy who needs them.
The last thing Logan thought he would find when he went looking for the kids who vandalized his house on Halloween was hot looking, lickable grandfather Richard. When he lifted his jaw off the floor and introduced himself he realized that he was in trouble especially as he looked into Richard’s eyes. Richard also knew that Logan had it going on when the hard body of the ex marine made his sex drive go into overdrive.
Soon Richard started seeing Logan at his favourite hangouts every day, and then he noticed that he was being followed on his daily runs. He became so distracted one day that he ran into a light post and knocked himself out which resulted in a slight concussion, a trip to the hospital, and a sexy man who was definitely interested in dating him and maybe more. But there was a fly in the ointment. Richard’s grandson Nick was not happy with this new turn of events and he resented that Logan was gaining a place in their lives. Richard, whose #1 priority had always been Nick, had been awarded custody of his grandson when his son died and Nick’s mother proved unfit to care for him due to her drug use. Now 5 years later they were a family and Richard had no regrets about giving up his previous lifestyle and ex partner of 10 years who was not enamoured with kids. Dating Logan added another complication for both Richard and Nick, requiring adjustments in their lives.
Richard’s and Logan’s relationship started off very rocky since both of them had a lot of baggage. This was definitely a case of opposites attracting as they had different philosophies about life – Logan was very conservative and Richard was out and proud and liberal in his views in addition to being a pacifist. It also didn’t help that Nick was not very friendly towards Logan whom he regarded as an intruder in their lives. He had other problems, the main one being his mother who continued to disappoint him by dropping into his life and then disappearing, and never fulfilling her promises to him. In addition, he was subjected to gay bashing at school because his grandfather had a boyfriend. This created a lot of tension and stress which no kid should have to experience. So many issues for such a little boy!
The sex and romance between Richard and Logan were at warp speed as these two guys would make men 20 years younger envious of their stamina and skill. Richard in particular was very agile and loved to show off his skills at lap dancing and his version of stripping. On the other hand there were many funny moments in the story such as the guys needing reading glasses to see the expiry dates on condoms or the names of CDs. I wondered if they had split personalities because although they were only in their mid forties sometimes they acted much older, then they would switch and their sex play would be high energy.
This is an engaging read and I loved the story because older couples are not normally protagonists in gay romances, although I have noticed that recently there are a few more stories focused on them. I was on the way to giving this book a much higher rating when I ran into the last 40 – 50 pages which took the edge off my enjoyment. There was a sub plot which I won’t reveal, but I will say that the perpetrators of this crime were unbelievably inept and, as well, I thought that the way the resolution was achieved may not have been the optimum solution. Also, there was an epilogue which wrapped up the HEA but didn’t explain a number of threads that were left hanging in the story.
Z.A. Maxfield is an incredible talent. I love her books and I was quite looking forward to this one because I have enjoyed her stories and I love her characterizations. In my opinion this was not her best effort and I was disappointed with some elements and I had a few other issues such as name switches and other editorial as well as spelling errors. However I would definitely recommend Family Unit because as usual ZAM’s writing was very good and I also loved the protagonists and Nick.