Family Man (Lili’s Review)

Title: Family Man (2nd Edition)
Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 11th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 206 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

Second Edition.

First Edition published by Samhain, 2013.

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton is the epitome of a comfort read. I love stories about self-discovery and family, and this book delivers on both ends. This story is about 38-year-old Vinnie who is coming to terms with the fact that fact he may be gay. One evening he decides to go to a gay club and runs into Trey. He’s known Trey since he was a kid but he’s not a kid anymore. He’s a hard working 25-year-old man who takes care of his mom and grandma while working two jobs and going to school. They hit it off and decide to hang out (as friends air qoutes). Though what started as just a night out soon becomes too obvious to deny that there are more than just casual feelings involved.

Some highlights:

-The slow burn. Vinnie and Trey decide from the start they will take things slow, and the way their interactions are written allows the reader to know how deep their feelings for each other are despite them not taking their relationship to a physical level. We get lots of feels and UST. Boy, do the fireworks go off when they took the next step!

-The depiction of addiction. As someone who has dealt with a loved one’s addiction, I appreciated the honest portrayal of living with someone who’s an alcoholic. The broken promises, false hopes, and resentments. I felt Trey’s feelings.

-Their patience with each other. Trey never pushed for more than Vinnie was comfortable with and Vinnie was Trey’s support when he needed him most.

In the end, this book had everything that I love.

-Fleshed out characters that evolve throughout the story.
-It was emotional and honest.
-And the end left me with a feeling of warmth.


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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant