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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes family chooses you. 

At 40, 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.

©2017 Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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Family Man

Alright... Can we talk about the Audio for a minute, before we get into the book... This book is not really a comedy, but something about the narrators voice Mixed with Vinny's character was just amusing to me and I could not stop smiling. I Also found myself laughing out loud during inappropriate times during this book, that weren't really supposed to be funny. It was almost like the narrator was trying to get into character and make Vinny into a Macho Italian New Yorker with the accent, but it didn't fully come across the whole time. Idk, maybe it was just me and my opinion, but it really made this book A Lot more Fun and interesting to listen to, since I wasn't quite sure what to expect from one minute to the next even though I had previously read this book. The first time for me with this narrator Colin Darcy and I look forward to seeing what else he's got for us.
Now... The Book.... I've read this one before, and liked it which is no surprise since these Authors are both fantastic at what they do individually as well as when they Collaborate books together. The only odd thing is the characters switch off between one point of view to another when talking, but the story is so well written its not a big deal where it could be if this was coming from different authors, it actually works for this book.
We have a late 30's Macho Italian man Vinny, with a Huge Family *Add in all Large Italian, Catholic Family & "Guido" Stereotypes* (which is NOT meant in a mean way at all, it is just describing his character and backstory *Think Jersey Shore*) Vinny is coming out as a "first time gay" even though he did mostly know he was, but was just denying his real feelings for years, being with and marrying women like he thought he was "supposed" to do. We also get sweet Trey who has an unbelievable amount of Angst ridden and Depressingly sad baggage he has to deal with daily in his life, which leaves him still a Virgin in his early 20's just trying to make it through life day by day. I absolutely love that even though they are both realizing their feelings together and for each other, Its not an instant-love story and they don't just jump into bed together. We get a real book here with actual feelings and romance, all drama and angst and family issues included with some slight twists thrown in. I would highly recommend reading this one.. And getting this book in audio too is just an added bonus, cause it was pretty great.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I did not have a problem w/ accents some other reviewers had, but I am Australian and didn’t know the difference. I just enjoyed the story very much and recommend it.

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3.5 Stars

I really liked the story as a whole. There's just the right amount of drama, only a little angst, a bit of humor, some wonderfully passionate scenes, getting to see Vinnie and Trey grow together and navigate their relationship...but the major issue I'd forgotten I'd had when reading actually became exacerbated when listening (the narrative changes in perspective from Trey's first person POV to Vinnie's third person POV) and made this, quite simply, a less pleasurable listen. 

Do not get me wrong, Colin Darcy did a good job. He uses distinctive character voices, employs emotion well in the narrative, has good pacing and timing. Frankly, if the story had been told in just first person or third person, I would be giving this 5 stars. But the change from first to third was just annoying in the extreme for me personally and I fought through to finish the audio. The only reason I finished it was because I enjoyed listening to Colin Darcy narrate.

The story had two points I can easily relate to: realizing your sexuality wasn't what you were taught it should be, and also the frustration, rage, and despair from loving someone in your family who uses their addiction as an excuse to continuously cut a wide swath of destruction in your life.

Family Man is a contemporary romance with light drama and angst, a very happy ending, and good narration. So take my complaining with a grain of salt, and check it out yourself.

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A terrific story!

I just loved this story. The authors did a great job with the main characters making it very easy for me to connect to each of them. As a gay man, coming out can be difficult process especially when it comes to family. They did a great job of expressing this making the story fell more realistic and relatable. I really enjoy Colin's performance. He made it easy to listen to and distinguish between the characters.

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when a decent story meets bad narration

This is definitely a good story but the narration was horrendous. It almost felt like he was reading word for word insted of actually playing a part. Also when he did the role of Vinny I couldn't help but laugh it was like he was trying to hard to sound Italian and it just came off sounding like he was from Mississippi.
The story as a whole wasn't the worst story I've ever read but it wasn't the best. There was definitely a sense of reality there with the issue that Trey deals with with his mom and I get it but I feel like it kind of took over the story.
I would recommend the book just prepare yourself that the narration is a bit weird, also I don't like the way it ended.
ps there is only two sex scenes if you were curious.

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Fantastic Narration

A great story with an even better narrator.

Colin Darcy narrated it so well I felt like I was in Little Italy, Chicago. It was absolutely great.

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Excellent right from the start

Family man was too short. I could have listened to this story forever. First, the narration was excellent. Collin Darcy really brought the characters to life. He gave a warmth to Vinny that made the character endearing right from the start. The authors wrote a story that was very realistic and fantastic at the same time. Trey’s situation and emotions are probably a sad reality for many people who have addicted family members. The love that developed between the two men is both hot and tender.

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it was great

i like this book a lot you will not be disappointed i have to say i love this one