Review: “Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Cozzi Cove
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press Ltd
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 213 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2016
PRICE: $5.49 -e-book / $12.99 –paperback


On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for summer and love. The vacationers include Rodney Maxwell and Dennis O’Halloran, a Tony Award winning actor and his estranged producer/husband with their two hired studs, Jarek and Zeus. Computer analyst Sam enlists his best friend Chase in a scheme to attract hunky Raul. Middle aged Gil Van Truren wants to end it all—until he sees a vision of his first love. Cal also has his hands full with college student Michael—his new young lover—Michael’s study buddy Carlo, man of mystery George Valis, and Connor, the houseboy packed with muscles and a wondering sponge. All the while Hunter, a female gay romance novel enthusiast, experiences gay life off the page. What secrets, humor, tragedy, mysteries, and passions lie in the magical place called Cozzi Cove?

jologooptimummAnother great book from Joe Cosentino. This series is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. A year on from book one of the Cozzi Cove series, book two begins with the start of another summer season at Cal Cozzi’s gay-friendly bungalows. A new group of guests, with their troubles and secrets, arrive for the Cove to work its magic on.

The first guest to arrive is George, bungalow seven, who was born in Cozzi Cove. He’s newly single, returning in search of answers and with a big secret. Cal feels oddly at ease and attracted to George but not in a sexual way. Why is that and why does Cal feel the need to drag his sister, Taylor, back to the Cove as a result? Cal’s young boyfriend Michael has a new study partner, Carlos, and Cal’s jealous, but Michael is also jealous of the obvious attraction and friendship between Cal and George.

The next guests are Sam and Chase and their ‘straight’ friend Raul, bungalow five, but are Sam and Chase really together? Sam has a crush on Raul and is convinced he’s gay, but he also has a plan for him. Next is a straight woman, Hunter, bungalow six, who forms an instant bond with the ‘maid’, Connor when she tells him she’s an avid reader of gay romance and wants to meet, and be friends with, gay men like those in the books she loves to read. Then she meets Raul on the beach and assumes he’s gay. Will Raul and Hunter be honest with each other? Next, comes Jarek and his older boyfriend, actor Rodney, who are in bungalow one but they’re followed closely by Rodney’s ex Dennis, also his producer, and Zeus, an escort, who Dennis ‘met online’. They’re in bungalow two. But why are they here at the same resort? Arriving late is Gil, bungalow four, acting strangely. Gil has a tragic past and sees no future for himself, but his life is turned around by the couple staying in bungalow three and some memories from his past.

As with book one, book two contains an interwoven set of awesome, emotional and often funny tales about the guests and residents of Cozzi Cove. All the characters need the magic that Cozzi Cove weaves around people’s lives and its healing touch, but will they all get what they need? By the time the guests are ready to check out at the end of the week, everything will have changed for them and for some of the residents too. As with book one, I became deeply immersed in these stories and didn’t want the book to end so thank goodness there’s a book three!

 4.5 OptimuMM's

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***


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