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Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

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Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

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About the Author
Heidi Cullinan has always enjoyed a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. Proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality, Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. She writes positive-outcome romances for LGBT characters struggling against insurmountable odds because she believes there’s no such thing as too much happy ever after. When Heidi isn't writing, she enjoys playing with new recipes, reading romance and manga, playing with her cats, and watching too much anime.

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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Publication Date
September 11, 2017
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This was previously published in March 2013
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.

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Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton is a beautiful story about finding yourself and your family. One that's forged not only by blood, but also by love and acceptance. The best kinds of family are those we build ourselves. I've enjoyed books by both of these authors before but this is my first collaboration, and I hope it won't be my last. Their writing is seamless and reads as though it's been written by one author.

Vinnie Fierro is a forty year old man with three failed marriages behind him. He's beginning to realise that there may be a connection between his failed marriages and the feelings he had as a much younger man. Feelings that, as a young Catholic Italian man, he has tried to suppress and ignore for so many years. After opening up to his sister, Rachel, Vinnie is convinced to visit a gay bar to see if these feelings are real. After all these years could he really be gay?

Trey Giles is an out and proud gay man. Financially supporting his mother and grandmother means working two jobs while trying to finish his college degree. In his mid twenties, Trey should have graduated by now and living his life on his own terms. Unfortunately his mother's ongoing substance abuse problems and his need to watch over his grandmother leave no time for romance in his life. He doesn't have time to date, particularly when his crush keeps insisting he's straight.

Vinnie and Trey would be a perfect match if they'd only get out of their own way. Being honest and open with one another will be essential if they have any hope of getting their family's acceptance. Trusting in a future is hard when you've been hiding secrets your whole life. Learning to trust each other will be the hardest obstacle of all.  When a family emergency leaves Trey hurt and exposed these two wonderful men finally begin to see what family really means, and they realise that anything is possible when you open up to those who love you.

Family Man is a moving love story about being true to yourself and open to love. I fell in love with Vinnie and Trey. Their relationship is a slow burning one, as befits their situation, but the chemistry between these men is sizzling and makes for a captivating read.
I thoroughly enjoyed Family Man and I was pulling for Vinnie and Trey to achieve the HEA they so deserved. The authors did not let me down.
Highly recommended.
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