Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton: Release Day Review with Giveaway

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.

First edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2013.

Title: Family Man
Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
Release Date: September 11, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 206

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This is a super sweet book. Yes, there is hot sex, but I really enjoyed the romance.

Vince is from a big Chicago  Italian family. I live in the N.Y. tristate area.and, trust me, families like these are everywhere. Big, loud, in your business and completely loving. I think it bothered me a bit that Vince didn’t want to tell his family-  Because they are the type to not judge. Even with their heavy religious background.

Trey is a neighborhood kid who always noticed Vince, but Vince didn’t notice him. Until he did. And what started as an experiment of sorts turned into a slow burn romance as Vince came to terms with his sexuality and Trey dealt with his crazy home life, trying to hide his alcoholic mother from Vince.

Let me tell you, there is a scene in a jazz club that is so hot. And all of their clothes stayed on. I adore scenes like that. Hot and sexy is more than sex.

Even with the various family issues, the story is low angst. It boiled down to two neighborhood kids discovering each other and falling in love.

This one is far from perfect, but worth a read.

3.5 pieces of eye candy

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Normal Enough by Marie Sexton : Release Day Review



What is “normal”?

When Brandon Kenner shows up at Kasey Ralston’s garage with a 1970 Chevelle SS 454, Kasey is smitten by both the man and his car. But Kasey is hiding an embarrassing secret: his love for old muscles goes beyond what most would consider normal. His unusual fetish has kept Kasey isolated—estranged from his family and even distant from his coworkers.

But when Brandon figures out the hot mechanic’s secret, he’s not repulsed. In fact, he finds Kasey intriguing, and he’s determined to have him for himself.

Everything about Brandon revs Kasey’s engine, and he’s more than willing to get down and dirty with the charming man. What worries Kasey is what will happen after. Is there any chance of a future for them? In the past, expecting anything long-term has only led to heartbreak. But Kasey can’t help hoping that, despite Kasey’s fetish, Brandon will be the exception.

Title: Normal Enough
Series: Wrench Wars
Author: Marie Sexton
Release Date: August 3, 2016
Category: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Pages: 82

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Wowza! This was a hot little romance. I read book 1 by L.A. Witt, and thoroughly enjoyed the introduction into the Wrench Wars world, Last Mechanic Standing, (and am looking forward to book 3). And having only read a little bit of Marie Sexton’s work, I wasn’t quite prepared for the hotness that was this novella.

Kasey’s fetish for muscle cars is so believable. Similar to infant imprinting, he was at a vulnerable time in his life when he would go into his father’s junk cars, read porn magazines, and car magazines, and do what teenage boys naturally do. This imprinted on his life, and because his father had little regard for him since  he was not biologically his, Kasey found shame in all he did. He reverted into a shy, reserved introvert who was embarrassed by a natural act.

Brandon was fantastic at allowing Kasey to be drawn out. He let him know that he found him attractive, and not strange at all. Yet when Kasey began to feel his self-confidence lagging, Brandon was able to smooth out the wrinkles in Kasey’s concerns. This also helped Kasey to feel better about himself as a person, allowing him to build relationships with his brother, and co-worker.

I’d love to see a little more of these two. Their relationship was just beginning to take shape, and I’d like to see how it continued to grow. Hopefully, there is more ahead for these two.

Oh, and did I mention that the sex was smoking HAWT!!!! DAMN!!!! Marie Sexton lives up to her name. 😉

4 pieces of eye candy


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