5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Beth Jumper Closeted Contemporary Dreamspinner Finding Family Gay Gay Hidden Lovers High but not hopeless Humor lawyer m/m Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

La Famiglia By Deanna Wadsworth

release day review

Dreamspinner Press


Forrester Giordano comes from a huge, nosy Italian family, and with their homophobic jokes and slurs, he’s decided to stay in the closet. He finds respite in his bookstore in the quaint village of Gilead—where he has a huge crush on one of his customers, Kyle Benson.

Kyle is determined to live his dreams, and though life isn’t easy being deaf, one by one he’s making them come true. He’s scored a great job practicing law, bought a cute bungalow where he can finally have a big flower garden, and he has a dog he loves, Jasper. Now he just needs one thing to complete his happiness: a family of his own to make up for the one he never had.

Forrester and Kyle’s relationship starts off hot and heavy, and neither man can deny the depth of their connection. When Forrester’s little brother gets mixed up with their heroin-dealing cousin and his mother falls ill, Forrester has a decision to make—maybe the hardest of his life. For the first time, he’s found a man worth coming out for.

Unfortunately nothing ever goes according to plan with la famiglia.


I have to say there is a lot going on in this story before you get the end. And it all really works without being overwhelming.

We first meet Forrester, also known as Frankie by his family. A closeted gay man from a big, loud Italian Family. He owns a book store one town over from where his family all lives. It’s his escape, as well as his passion. Forrester is open to his friends but not to his family.

We then meet Kyle as a customer of the bookstore. Kyle is new in town, a lawyer as well as deaf. Sparks fly between the two and the story takes off.

The love story between Forrester and Kyle is sweet and caring and really really hot! The chemistry between the 2 is off the charts. They work so well together that you can’t wait to see what happens next.

As the love story progresses we meet all of Forrester’s family. This story has so many interesting characters. You get drawn into the big Italian family. Forrester’s mama, Maria, his 3 brothers, his grandmother, one of his brother’s wife. It all plays well together. And through all of this is Forrester trying to figure out how to tell them all he is gay, because he has finally found someone he cares about.

Deanna Wadsworth has taken a story and made it very real. What happens as time goes on and one person hides who he is because he is afraid of how everyone will react. And then she shows how other members of the family reacts and perceives those actions. A very warm and moving story. It was so well written that I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish.

5 of 5 stars!


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