Family Man

What a great romance story. Vincent is part of a big, loud, happy, Italian family. While he loves them madly he often feels left out. He's almost 40 years old and he has three failed marriages and no children. Vince has also chosen to work as a plumber instead of working in the family business as is expected of him. While on a routine call to a gay couple's home, Vince finally puts words to the fears that been in the back of his minds for years. What if he is gay?

Trey Giles is part of the same Italian neighborhood but his experience is vastly different than Vince's. Trey is gay and very comfortable with his sexuality. What he isn't comfortable with is every other area of his life. He works two jobs while attending college so he can support his ailing grandmother and his alcoholic mother. For Trey, every day is a struggle and happiness seems just out of reach.

A chance meeting at a club ends with Vince and Trey having a "not date". A series of more "not dates" and both men know that they are strongly attracted to each other. Both men have a lot of issues to work through and while their heads tell them to keep their distance from each other, their hearts have a different plan.

What follows is a really beautiful love story. There were parts where I felt sad, parts where I laughed out loud and parts that were sweet and gave me "aahhh" moments. The story takes us through Vince's learning to find himself while dealing with the fears of how this will change his entire life. We also watch Trey learn that he doesn't have to do everything alone and he doesn't have to be "fine" all of the time. He can learn to depend on others without being let down.

I thought this was one of the best m/m romances I have read in a while. These characters were well written and I instantly connected with them both. This was a couple I was really rooting for and I definitely wanted them to find their happily ever after at the end of the story. If you're a fan of this genre I highly recommend this wonderful book.

Book Blurb for Family Man

Sometimes family chooses you.

How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? That’s a question Vince Fierro is almost afraid to answer. If he is gay, it’ll be a problem for his big, fat Italian family. Still, after three failed marriages, he can’t help but wonder if he’s been playing for the wrong team.

There’s only one way to settle it, once and for all—head for 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 to the sultry strains of Coltrane, Trey finds himself wanting to help Vinnie figure things out—no promises, and no sex.

It seems like a simple plan, until their “no-sex” night turns into the best date of their lives and forges a connection that complicates everything.

Warning: This book deals with alcoholism, broken promises, and overbearing little sisters.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2013 4.50