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Family Unit

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,293 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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 different car.

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ebook, 294 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Loose Id
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The cover is horrible. Really, really horrible! The story is excellent. Nice to see mature characters with passion for life and for each other.

Reread 7/27/14
I remember really liking this book in 2012. To be honest I don't have much confidence in 2012 me. She had just started M/M and thought pretty much anything with a plot was fantastic. Let's see how this stands up to the jaded, much more critical 2014 me. Who has read both dino and unicorn porn. My taste, obviously, have vastly improved?

Emma Sea
The sex in this book is tingly-hot.
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
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
Nancy L
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
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
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
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.

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.
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
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!
Brenda (b)
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.
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
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
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
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
I'm not an overly huge fan of audio book in that, if given a choice, I'd rather read a book that listen. That being said, there are times that I can't read so I'd rather listen than miss the experience altogether.

Driving is one of those times. I work in varying locations with different length commutes. But usually I'm driving 30-60 mins each way a few times a week. So this can be 6 hours of 'reading' time.

Some audio books I've loved, others I've enjoyed, a couple I've hated. Sometimes it's the s
Definitely a LOVE story. In the best possible way. I raced through this novel in a single day using every spare second I had.

The leads are very different men but each is totally adorable. The way Logan and Richard react to each other took me back to what a joy falling in love can be. Not just the end result of being in love, but those wonderful, giddy, confused and hopeful weeks when you first meet that person who completely knocks you for a loop. There is just something incredibly romantic abo
♡♥Ang ♥♡

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!!


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

Richard and Logan were perfect.

Family Unit, my kind of bo
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
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Jun 03, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Kevin Mullinax
I really enjoyed the book and the fact that the two protagonists were over-40 was refreshening.

What I really liked was that Logan and Richard really wanted to be together and worked very hard to make this happen. Logan had to accept all Richard's judgemental remarks about army men and he did everything to make Richard see that his ideas were a bit too black and white. He also did whatever was in his power to make Nick, Richard's nephew, accept him. I think both Logan and Nick were the best flesh
To be honest, I am confused on if I REALLY liked this or not. I mean, it was good, but when it ended I literally said "that's it?"

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Jun 21, 2012 Elspeth rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
I don't know why I put this one off for so long. I think the blurb put me off. But this is a great story about two older men. Logan, a retired marine, and Richard, a young-ish grandfather caring for his grandson. They live in a quiet neighborhood where all the kids think Logan is a crazy soldier guy and everyone knows Richard is gay. Logan has lived his whole life in the close or at least under the "don't ask, don't tell" mentality, so being out is new for him. And Richard lives his life shying ...more
I LOVED this book. I don't remember the last time I was this charmed by a story. Not only was it really refreshing to read a book where the protagonists don't think 40 is ancient and decrepit, but here even the kid was a well developed, interesting character. There were moments in this book that made me laugh so hard and had my heart floating at the same time. I want Richard and Nick to go grocery shopping with me and I may never look at the post-its on my desk the same way again. Not to mention ...more
Eli Easton
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
Shelby P
I really enjoyed this story and it was nice to read about two mature MCs. I like to read stories with kids because they usually tug at my heart and I wasn't disappointed here. I liked Nick and he seemed like a real nine year old. I was sad when a couple of bad things happened to him but I like how it all played out.

My only complaint is that I wish we had maybe one or two fewer sex scenes. I get that these guys are older and having been getting much action so I could see them really going for it
Aug 29, 2012 Ilhem rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3,5 stars
You know this mood : you feel tired and a little blue, not very adventurous. You just want to be soothed and entertained but you’re not brainwashed either and you want a good story.
Well, this book is what you need!
Logan and Richard are ordinary men leading an ordinary life. They meet, ignite, fall in love and face drama. They are sweet, hot and funny and work hard to have their HEA.
The end left me perplexed but I smiled, awwwed a little, faned myself and felt a few twinges of sympathy:
This book has one of the cutest scenes ever ... imagine two middle-aged men getting hot & bothered ... then imagine them fumbling around for condoms ... finally, imagine them trying to read the use-by date on said condoms without their glasses ... I can empathise with that because I've had to ask my kids to read the minuscule writing on medicine bottles more than once! ... this is a sweet romance with lovely mellowly-aged characters getting a second chance at finding love ... if you like you ...more
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