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Z.A. Maxfield , Winterheart Design , Judith David
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14 Aug 2012
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. Richard Hunter is parenting his grandson, and the kid—Nick—has had it rough. Richard vows nothing will stop him from creating a loving and stable home. Not even a tempting, red-hot relationship with a very attractive man. However, when Richard looks into Logan’s blue eyes it’s tough to stay focused. It’s never easy to become a family, what with a temperamental eight-year-old, disapproving outsiders, and outright extortion attempts. But when push comes to shove, both Logan and Richard are committed family men who want to make a loving home for a little boy who needs them. Together, they're planning to form a Family Unit, and they won’t let anything stand in their way.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Maxfield Books (14 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985386517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985386511
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously these men got hotter with age! 7 Feb 2011
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Richard - liberal, responsible sole parent to an 8 year old. Logan - ex military, used to don't ask, don't tell. The two of them together make chalk and cheese look like siamese twins but somehow they work. And this story definitely works. Nick is very believable as a character, and is an excellent foil for the hot sex between Logan and Richard - they have to find the time to be together whilst considering the sensibilities of a young boy and handle the trauma of a potential custody battle, kidnapping, and their major differences of view.

I saved this for a weekend when I could totally switch off and enjoy it and I'm glad I did - I loved it, from start to finish. Z A Maxfield is pretty much an auto buy for me and this story just confirms why. Five stars without a doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally recommended! 1 Nov 2011
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I have read a number of books by this author but I have to say this one is the best so far. They are all good don't take me wrong but this is tender and funny and with a bit of tension...just throughly enjoyable. For those ones that want to read a story and not just a leaflet of sex scenes with some comments in between ... then this is your book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good and worth reading but could be better 7 Oct 2012
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I read this book after reading and enjoying Bear, Otter and the Kid by TJ Klune, which has a similar story line about two gay guys falling in love, one with a child with a mother gone but not out of the picture. This had less of a story keeping it together and far to much sex for a book with such a story. Please m/m book writers either write an erotic novel with a weak plot and lots of sex or a strong character led story with a bit of m/m sex thrown in. This would have been a better book if the story had been more of the plot than the sex was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 31 Mar 2012
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Reasons l love ..older men , yum , one is a badass Ex military , super scary and alpha ,,,,,yum , the other totally sexy , mellow cool , awesome grandfather , sexy and brings with him total suspect cooking skills.... I enjoyed it . Sweet , wholesome and worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Z. A. Maxfield rings true for this reader. 16 Sep 2011
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I just finished Z. A. Maxfield's Family Unit. A friend threw this recommendation to me because the main characters are both 'really old,' which is to say in their forties. And, wonder of wonders, the 45-year-old is a GRANDFATHER.

But I finished the book on the train as I came back from NYC today, wiping tears out of my eyes. Maxfield is one of these nom de plume lady writers of gay romance who is really really good at getting authentic men down on paper. Maxfield's novel about love among the decrepit 40-somethings features a retired 48-year-old Marine colonel, Logan Wilde. Wilde is living in his deceased long-distance Marine boyfriends house in LA, when he is smitten by 45-year-old hottie Richard Hunter. Rick is raising his grandson, Nick, who is nine (when they're still cute).

Maxfield writes sex into this book, does it well, and makes us understand exactly how these men are drawn to each other, physically at first, and then, quickly, emotionally. None of this is a surprise, and I won't reveal the rest of the story, which is full of all of the sorts of anxieties any gay dad goes through when raising a child in this scarey world we inhabit.

This struck home big time with me, and it also rang true. The great thing is, as good as the sex bits were, you could excise them all from the story and it would still be a great story, with great characters and emotions and secondary characters and action and anxiety.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there is more of this type of romance! 23 Feb 2010
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I read this one sometimes back. This is the problem with the publisher Loose-id, which lists its books in Amazon long after the original release dates. But I still remember the characters and story vividly because I really enjoy it.
I am always looking for realistic romances between older guys. Living in a tough world, it is wonderful to read of 40 plus year olds finding their life partners. Family Unit fits the bill and more. It is well written, romantic and sexy (without too much sex).
Richard and Logan are credible characters. They have nothing in common but each man need the other to be complete. Well into their forties, they have more or less resigned to spending the rest of their lives as singles. Richard only wants to give the best to his grandson having failed to be a father to his son. Nothing matters in Richard's world except for Nick, a precocious and cute kid, and rightly so. As for Logan he is a tough retired ex-marine who does not expect much out of life since his lover died.
There is a good plot here. And I appreciate the writer not giving in to too much drama which could easily be the case here with the rejection to the guys' relationship and Nick's flawed mother and boyfriend. Family Unit is a well thought out story and I wish more M/M writers will venture into romances between much older guys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but at the same time a lost opportunity 3 Jun 2011
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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 fleshed out characters. Little Nick's fear of being abandoned was shown in the way he behaved and what he said to his grandfather. Richard's task was to win Nick over and he had to try to do this without imposing his will, but making the child see that he wouldn't be left alone or neglected, but through all the story I had the impression Richard wasn't the one working harder to make the relationship happen.

There were very funny moments. I wish that the theme of the older couple had been explored further, not only in the physical details of needing glasses to read the expiration date on condoms or in the freckles of the skin. I think both Logan and Richard's background was an indication that they probably didn't think Love would happen to them again in their life. That was the angle of the story I was most interested in - the surprises life keeps storing for you - but I feel it wasn't considered very deeply. The book at one point focused more on Nick's part of the story and the main couple's story was neglected in my opinion. This is why I feel it was a lost opportunity to tell everything about a mature couple.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great romance! 6 Mar 2011
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I easily give this five stars. Fun, interesting, and lovable characters in a compelling setting, all brought to you with witty seamless writing elevate this tale!

When the son Richard sired during his teens tragically died in an accident, Richard fought for custody of his 3-year-old grandson, Nick. With Nick's mother having a drug problem and neglecting the child, the courts were happy to give him custody. Nick is now nine, and Richard is deeply in love with his grandson and has devoted his life to caring for him. Logan is a retired career Marine and has a military mentality even in his civilian life. He lives in the house his partner Dan left him after Dan died from cancer. He's also known as "Crazy Military Guy" to the kids in the neighborhood because he has a penchant for keeping an eye on the neighborhood and making sure every stays in line. When his house is vandalized on Halloween, Logan meets Richard as he goes from door to door trying to find the perpetrators and the two men start falling for each other.

Logan comes from a large loving military family, and even in the Marines, his troop was more like an extended family. Living alone now is a bit of a culture shock to him, and it soon starts tugging on his heart as he realizes that he may be able to find his own loving family in Richard and Nick. Richard is crazy about Logan, but his first priority is Nick, and he's very hesitant to bring someone into Nick's life that may not be fully committed to stay for the long run. Having been neglected at an early age, Nick has some problems that requires special care. For instance, when Rick is 15 minutes late to school to pick him up, Nick is terrified and brought to tears. It wrenches at the heart when you discover why it was so important to Nick. To make Rick and Logan's relationship more difficult, Nick is very standoffish to Logan. In Logan, he sees someone who can potentially steal his grandfather's attention, leaving nobody to love Nick. His mother had done it many times.

There is a lot of true, heartfelt emotion in these pages, and some very compelling and gripping suspense late in the story. There is also wonderful wit, and I found myself in stitches at one point, I was laughing so hard. It's also refreshing to see stories with older men. I had seen some comments that the men appeared to act younger than they should, but I didn't find that to be the case. These men are very near my own age of 51, and I found their behavior just about perfect. After all, 50 is the new 30. The writing style engages, and the pacing is excellent, pulling you along. Z.A. Maxfield's skill with the pen paints the scenes into your mind with a seemingly effortless ease. From beginning to end, the story pulls you in and engages you. It's hard not to fall in love with these three wonderful characters!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A working family unit is formed! 18 Sep 2010
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I really like Z A Maxfield but this is my least favorite book of hers so far (though I've loved the others so the bar is high!) One thing I really appreciate is how different all her books are, and how varied the dynamics between the lovers are. This is definitely not one author who is rewriting the same book endlessly. So huge points there.

But this book feels uneven, and while it's going on and on about how old the men are, actually they feel incredibly young and active, and certainly their bodies aren't showing any signs of age, each is extraordinarily fit and active. I didn't understand how Logan at age 50, never seemed to need to work, or Richard, at age 45/6, seemed to only need to work part time. These men are far from retirement age, but their lifestyles felt like men in their mid 60's and their bodies felt like men in their mid 30's. So a bit of disconnect there.

I liked Logan and felt the poignancy of him being able to express his feelings publically after years of 'don't ask, don't tell'. And I liked Richard's commitment to his grandson Nick. But the book didn't come alive for me like other Maxfield books have. That being said, it's still a keeper and a reread, it's just an A-, rather than an A+
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