Family Man [Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Sometimes family chooses you. How does a man get to be. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Thanks to the recommendation from a friend, I finally picked up a Family Man – Kindle edition 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.

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Naturally, he runs smack into someone from the neighborhood. Yet he finds himself wanting to help Vinnie figure things out—no promises, and no sex. Would you like to tell us vamily a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Sometimes family chooses you. 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.

This book deals with alcoholism, broken promises, and sdxton little sisters.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Vinnie Fierro has too much family. Perhaps his big, loud, loving Italian Catholic family has kept him from looking honestly at the awkward truth about himself. Trey Giles, on the other hand, has too little family. Once his grandmother was forced into retirement, Trey has had to put his own plans on hold to keep his little family together. The thrice-married repressed gay man is a dodgy trope, in my estimation, and yet Cullinan and Sexton handle it with believability and just the right amount of soul-searching.

This is the sort of gay-centric story that, with the right cast, could possibly make it into a mainstream crossover romance film.

There is some rebellion against current pop psychobabble surrounding alcoholism, and the big Italian family trope avoids stereotype by being presented with both love and authenticity. These are gay men who seem real. Both Trey and Vinnie are given contexts that are detailed and carefully constructed to support and move the plot forward.


The supporting characters amplify the central characters’ personalities, letting the reader understand them even before they themselves do. As I grow more cynical about the sometimes thoughtless formulae of the gay romance genre, it is really gratifying to read a story that is both unabashedly romantic while illuminating the complex realities of human emotion. One person found this helpful.

I don’t know how I handled “Family Man”–This novel is a bona fide schmoopfest and not even I am immune to it. So we have our narrator, the young Trey Giles, who has a sweet old granny and an alcoholic mother. He has a “no sex” rule even though he is out and proud, and he doesn’t feel bad for being a virgin you go glen coco. He meets the closeted but questioning Vinnie Fierro at a gay bar and they leave together to To me, that’s the sexiest part of the book.

The build-up is scorching but the pay-off left me cold because I was more interested in the plot and character development. Oh-ho, look at me, I’m doing romance novels completely wrong. Both characters are interesting and multi-faceted. I loved Vinnie’s honest talks over cigars and scotch with his sister Rachel and Trey’s support from his good-natured put-upon old grandmother.

The end was intense and left me scrambling to finish the book. One way this book impressed me was through the discussions of sexual identity and what it means to be a man surrounding Vinnie.

He was never homophobic or judgmental towards gay men, which is rare for closeted men in gay romance novels in the really bad ones, they spend two chapters stewing in internalized homophobia before being miraculously “cured”. In fact, he dealt with his emotions maturely and at a pace he set for himself, confiding in both his sister and his new lover and making sure they understood his apprehensions about coming out after three failed marriages.

He had issues with the fact that he craved receptive penetrative sex with another man, questioning traditional gender roles. This novel made it clear that however a man has sex does not change his gender identity, which is an important point to make because so many people pass judgment. In a same-sex relationship, there aren’t clear roles and stereotypes set up through a history of patriarchy, and I hope one day all relationships will be based on mutual respect, pleasure, and equality.


It was also refreshing to see positive female allies and minor characters like Rachel, Lisa, and Sophia. Many gay erotica or romance novels are incredibly misogynistic, pinning the problems of closeted gay men on their past relationships with women. Vinnie spoke frankly to Trey of his prior marriages and made it clear that his own confusion over his sexual identity was what made his heterosexual relationships fail.

It wasn’t being spurned by a lover or being cheated on believe me, this is a very common plot device. The only big problem I had was with the narration style. It was told in first person through Trey, but we also got Vinnie’s perspective through third person omniscient.

So for awhile it felt like Trey was inside Vinnie’s head, which was confusing. This was a cute, fluffy, surprisingly intelligent, quick romance read. It is very Erotica Lite with more plot and romance than sex. Cat of Cat’s Books: Romance Blog and Themepark.

This love story knocked my socks off. The writing is amazing and the character development is wonderful. They are also both full of love and honor.

Release Day Review by Rafa: Family Man, by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

Trey is stuck in an isolated cycle with his family. The dating is just wonderful and so is the happily ever after.

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