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.
An oldie but a goodie.
Honestly, I feel like I shouldn't have enjoyed this book as much as I did. For one, it switches from first person to third person from chapter to chapter, which should have driven me absolutely bonkers. It also features the typical Italian macho man stereotypes and a depressing alcoholic mother storyline, both of which are usually things that I don't enjoy.
But, alas, a coming out story (in his 40s!), a virgin, and an age gap make me a VERY happy girl.
I really like Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton separately, so it's no surprise that I like them together. Their writing styles blended well, and I think they made a nice team.
The story was super easy to read, and I raced through it in a little over a day. It was angsty without being over-the-top (though the horrible mother almost pushed me over the edge), but relationship-wise, it was pretty smooth sailing. I liked the chemistry of the two MCs together, and I REALLY liked some of the surprises that they had up their sleeve in the bedroom. Could have used even more heat, though, to be honest.
Overall, I don't think you could go wrong with this one, especially if you are a sucker for an older MC coming out for the first time. And, as is Heidi Cullinan's style, that ending will satisfy all readers who love to feel that "awwwww" at the end of a romance.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Enjoy, my friends!