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Family Unit

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3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,699 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary

A retired marine, Logan is methodical and conservative. Richard is a liberal pacifist who is pathologically afraid of guns. Yet the minute Logan sets eyes on Richard, his heart turns over like an old car engine and it isn't long before his motor is revved and Richard is in the driver's seat--even if it seems like each man is driving a differe

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Published January 18th 2010 by Loose Id, LLC (first published November 24th 2009)
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Ele

DNF @20%

It's probably my mood but I 've been trying for a whole week to keep reading this.

I can't stand Logan and his stalkerish-childish behaviour or the OTT moments (view spoiler)or the WTF conversations (view spoiler)

So,
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Emma Sea
The sex in this book is tingly-hot.
JenMcJ
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
This book was provided by the author in exchange for an impartial review.

Why, oh why, did I wait so long to read this story? I’m a fan of Z.A. Maxfield, and yet I allowed this to sit on my TBR until I had this opportunity to read it for review.

I can summarize my review in three words: I LOVED IT, but since I’m wordy, I’ll go on to list what I loved:
• I loved the MCs, Logan and Richard;
• I loved their age—forty-five and fifty;
• I loved Nick, Richard’s grandson;
• I loved the conflict surroundin
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Lilia Ford
New favorite from Maxfield. I just loved this--so sweet and amazingly hot. Logan and Richard are perfect for each other. This story also had the advantage of for once having a realistic child who was believably difficult, not super-precocious or loquacious, and who did not feel the need to arrange his grandfather's love life, unlike so many children in M/M contemporaries.

Added plus: by some strange novelistic alchemy, Maxfield managed to make the line, "I got gay bashed," a moment of giddy triu
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Heidi Cullinan
There will be a longer, more detailed review soon. Initial comment: Loose Id, SHAME on you for making this book look like an awkward Viagra ad so that I avoided it this long!

WARNING: This book is out of print at the moment. Cry for yourself, Argentina.
Lauraadriana
Sep 27, 2011 Lauraadriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fave-authors
Solid 4.5 stars for me. I love ZA Maxfield, her couples are engaging, funny and the families are great as well. I was a little reticent because this was an older couple and was not sure if I would get into their story that much...ahhh WRONG...these two guys were HOT...seriously they were.

But not just super hot and sexy...they had a lovely story. Richard is in his forties and takes care of his grandson, his sone dies in a motorcycle accident years before and Richard stepped in to care for the bo
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BWT (Belen)
ETA 2/1/2016: Gave the audio another shot. Even if it wasn't for the fact that I don't care for JP Handler's narration style - whoever approved the audio for this should be censured. The sound quality of this is abysmal. Absolutely horrible.

DNF 4%

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Sorry, not sorry, but I cannot stand JP Handler's narration. It's like he went to the William Shatner school of narration, plus he has a tonal quality that grates on my nerves worse than nails on a chalkboard.

DNF at 2% of the
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Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Men over 40 = Total Sexiness!

Did this story have some flaws..yes. Did I care...fuck no!

Richard and Logan are basically opposite in their beliefs on violence, war, guns and plenty of other things but after the shock of a situation they seem to find common ground and are able to work thru it. So while there was a definite story line/plot to this book there was no shortage of humor, sexin', love and a wonderful sense of family!

I would recommend this to just about anyone!
Nancy L
May 19, 2012 Nancy L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, romance, humerous
Loved the fact they were older - a lot less drama in this relationship. Thought Logan was really cute with his insecurities when trying to ask Rick out. There were some really funny parts, like when they're reading the condom box with readers....I think it strikes me funny cuz I'm living it LOL
Deeze
Jan 17, 2016 Deeze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable story but rather too heavy on the sex for me.

I loved the dynamics of this one, although for an older couple they pretty much read as youngsters.

Nick was the jewel in this one. He was real and loveable.

One of the best and realistic scenes for me was the school meeting, (view spoiler)
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Jewel
I had a very long travel day yesterday, in which between 2 flights and sitting in airports waiting to take those flights, I had about 16 hours to kill. Though I didn't spend the whole time reading, I did for much of it and this novel was perfect. I read it in a single sitting and it really helped the time to pass.

Seriously, I smiled so hard through most of the book. I LOVED that the MC's were both over 40. They aren't just starting out in life -- they have both lived and experienced life. They'v
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Virginia
Perfect...just perfect. Story of two guys in their 40s finding love again. Case of opposites attracting in a clumsy, artist with a heart of gold and a streak of mischieveousness - oh, and a 9 year old grandson to raise - and an ex-Marine who functions best on order and has a huge protectiveness streak. Both mess up each other's lives in all the right ways. Nice banter and some nice love scenes showing that 40+ year olds are still hot :) These two simply fit together so well - I kept thinking how ...more
Desinka
Jan 19, 2015 Desinka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 20%. I was quite disappointed with both story and narration. I think I'd have survived longer if the narration was not that bad. But I don't think I'm interested in the story enough to persist with the ebook. I can't believe a 45-year-old feels ancient! And behaves like an octogenarian! No wonder the narrator decided to portray him like one.

Cheryl
Jun 20, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Such a heart-warming, awww inducing, HEA story. The development of the relationship between Richard and Logan felt real and honest. Every step they took, they considered the effect that it would have on Nick. I loved the chemistry between the the two male leads and how despite being pretty much total opposites, they still worked well together. I was also really taken with young Nick. He had a level of maturity about him that is probably as a result o
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Eli Easton
Feb 17, 2013 Eli Easton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I adored this! What a perfect romance. You gotta love a big burly marine MC riding in to save the day, and man was Logan hot! And Richard, the artist, was delightfully unique. I appreciated the fact that the MCs had their differences and fall-outs, but nevertheless their romance kept moving in a steady progression. I seem to be a sucker for romances with kids and I loved the whole family plot in this one. I knew the angst point was coming, but it was still well-done and allowed Logan to be a her ...more
Kathy
Another Z.A. Maxfield winner, Family Unit is very much character-driven; it is part sexy romance and part heartwarming family story and it's always engaging and unforgettable.

Ms. Maxfield is a marvelous writer who can get right down to the heart of her characters. She knows them and is able to bring them to such vivid life that they take on a life their own. It was as though I wouldn't be surprised to see Logan, Richard and Nick walking down the street. These are people that I could know and cer
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Denise H.
This is wonderful, romantic, heartwarming, and interesting !

* Easy going Richard has custody of his grandson, Nick. He's a devoted parental unit, loving, strong, and dedicated to 9 yr. old Nick, who is a really sweet boy. * Big guy Logan, has a Marine military brain, is strong, steady and caring, and sworn to defend any and all who need him. Logan can be "open" now and his big family is terrific, while Richard is out and proud, but shunned by his family. They meet on Halloween, and the attract
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Denise H.
***** This is wonderful, romantic, heartwarming, and interesting !

* Easy going Richard has custody of his grandson, Nick. He's a devoted parental unit, loving, strong, and dedicated to 9 yr. old Nick, who is a really sweet boy. * Big guy Logan, has a Marine military brain, is strong, steady and caring, and sworn to defend any and all who need him. Logan can be "open" now and his big family is terrific, while Richard is out and proud, but shunned by his family. They meet on Halloween, and the
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Brenda (b)
Oct 15, 2014 Brenda (b) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 1-ebooks, 2-read-2010
05/02/2010 update, page 135: "Richard and his strip tease -- so much fun!"

This was a terrific story. There was some drama and conflict but also a couple of funny scenes that I felt helped keep it balanced. I loved that Richard and Logan were older. I thought they went well together. It felt natural that they had a few rough spots as they got to know each other and learn about their pasts and personal views.
Chappy
Sep 12, 2015 Chappy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story. Richard is so busy taking care of his grandson that his love life is non-existent.

When Logan moves to town, he's smitten with Richard and can't help falling for the guy. As a career marine, he never had the opportunity to live "out and proud" so he relishes the chance with Rich.

Super steamy and great chemistry.
Melanie~~
I like this story. It was told with great care for all the main characters. I would have loved more of an epilogue that let me know more about the consequences of Rachael and Lila's actions. Mostly a reassurance that they couldn't do something like that again with Rick. I'd have loved to have seen a more solidified relationship for Logan and Nick. To know that if anything happened to Richard...

The main reason this story is not 5-stars for me is because I listened to the audiobook, and I guess th
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Mandy
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Ang,
Jan 30, 2016 Ang, rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
LOVED THIS BOOK

Oh.My.God... Why on earth did it take me so long to read this book!! I should have read it ages ago, it is the cover.. they look like they are in there 50+ But they are not they are only on there 40's... And Sound SUPER HOT!!! unlike the cover ...LMAO See where im going it was the cover of this book that turned me away so many times!! SILLY Freaking me!!

AMAZING!! BEAUTIFUL and SEXY!

What didnt i love Nothing I LOVED it all!!!

Richard and Logan were perfect.

Family Unit, my kind of bo
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L-D
I put this book off for a while because, honestly, I felt the men on the cover were a little too old to be sexy. Yes, yes, I know - don't judge a book by it's cover and all that...but come on - who doesn't? For some reason I kept thinking of that Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy with "old balls". I know, gross, right? So I finally ended up reading this after having it on my "i-own-to-read" shelf for a very long time. I'm SO glad I did. I actually very easily displaced the models on the cover with th ...more
Paisley
I was thrilled when this book was once again available! It had been on my to-read list for a long time and so I was really looking forward to reading it. Very entertaining and a sweet love story - a combination that I really love. Oh yeah - there is a lot of drama but that's what happens with families right?

My favorite kind of stories have characters who come alive and live in my brain even when I am not reading about them. Z.A. Maxfield is a master at this. She writes stories with characters w
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Elisa Rolle
There is a subgenre of romance that not often is chosen by authors, the Silver Romance. Usually the characters are forty years old and plus and usually at the second chance at love. Both these characteristic are respected in Family Unit.

45 years old Richard is an not ordinary grandfather. When he was still a confused teenager he fathered a child who he has never had the chance to raise. At the time he thought it was better for the boy, above all when he decided to be true to himself and living
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Kassa
Jan 21, 2010 Kassa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family Unit is an entertaining and easy to read contemporary involving older men, which is a welcome change of pace and not often seen in gay romance. Unfortunately the novel suffers from lack of identity as the men alternate between older men, almost ridiculously so, and energetic, youthful love scenes. The story continually bounces between these two ideas without settling on one or the other. Additionally there is a ridiculous plot twist towards the end that shows a real lack of research and u ...more
Elspeth
Jun 21, 2012 Elspeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I had SO many problems with this book, it pissed me off many times. I didn't agree with the parenting, the politics, the small mindedness, and the crushing over use of the words "hot" and "cute".
I disliked Cute Richard greatly...he gives liberals a bad name by being wishy washy and inconsistent. Cute Richard will hate something to the point of anathema, then two pages later after Hot Logan argues with him then dramatically exits stage left Cute Richard will then be fine with it. I cant stand thi
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