Thursday, September 28, 2017

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

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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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Of course a book by these two favourite authors had me crying within a few pages! Trey and Vincent are wonderful characters and their story is slow and angsty and almost painfully romantic.

In his late thirties, after three failed marriages, Vincent suddenly finds himself questioning his sexuality. Slowly, Vincent finds himself torn between the expectations of his Italian Catholic family and the man he has started to care for. I loved Vincent’s slow journey. His feelings of guilt and shame are countered by the almost giddy excitement he feels as he explores his connection to Trey. I loved his sense of duty and honour and the depth of his emotions.

Trey is much younger than Vincent, but caring for an alcoholic mother has made him an old soul. His sexuality is the least of his concerns as he attempts to finish school and keep his family together. Trey feels heartbreakingly real. He is exhausted, proud, angry, and resentful. A relationship with Vincent is difficult because Trey doesn’t trust and he doesn’t open up.

The connection between Trey and Vincent is romantic. It is an awkward yet beautiful courtship. They are sexy together but their sexual relationship builds very slowly and lacks the kink and the super explicit scenes we often get from Heidi Cullinan.

I came to love Vincent’s big Italian family and Trey’s grandmother is wonderful. I loved the way Trey finally allows himself to be cared for by Vincent and his family and I loved the way Vincent comes to accept himself and Trey’s role in his live. This is a slow, sweet romance and I really enjoyed it.

Heidi Cullinan

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 cooking, reading, playing with her cats, and watching television with her family. Find out more about Heidi on her website.

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Marie Sexton

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Family Man by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton to read and review.


  1. Thanks for the review! I read the original edition of this book and loved it.

    I grew up in a pretty big family - five kids, of which I was the oldest.

  2. Small one. Just my parents, me, and my younger sis.

  3. Small family: parents, and younger brother

  4. I had a small immediate family, but LOTS of expended family.


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