Review: “Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Cozzi Cove
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 130 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2017
PRICE: $4.98 -e-book / $12.99 –paperback


It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love.
This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship.
What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?

jologooptimummCozzi Cove works its romantic magic again, in this, the third book in the series. The summer season is kicking off at the gay-friendly resort of Cozzi Cove. There’s the same awesome balance of humour and emotion in this book that I found so engaging in the first two.

Owner Cal Cozzi is ‘happily’ settled with his younger boyfriend, Michael, but Michael wants more. Cal’s half brother George is again staying in bungalow seven while their sister, Taylor, is recovering from a mild heart attack and staying in the main bungalow with Cal. Can Taylor’s oldest and dearest friend Carla persuade her to admit her feelings and come back to Cozzi Cove for good?

Taylor’s cardiologist, Aaron, is in bungalow one and he just happens to be George’s ex. Did Taylor hatch a plan to get them in the same place at the same time? There’s pain and hurt to be worked out between them but can George forgive and forget? Connor the ‘maid’ is still working at the Cove and a new guest, in bungalow three, Dr. Nastas Flowingstream, a psychology professor, has rubbed him up the wrong way right from the start. Connor grudgingly agrees to analysis sessions to help Nastas write a paper on nymphomania, but things take an unexpected twist!

There’s a strange ‘woman’, Blue Magnum, in bungalow four who seems to know all the locals but no one can quite place her. She even makes gay bar owner, Tommy, question his sexuality. Her harrowing story involves all of the local residents in some way. Pastor Bill is having a crisis of faith in bungalow two following a string of bad events in his life, that is, until he meets three ‘angels’ staying in bungalows five and six, Gabriel, Raphael and their leader, Kamael. Kamael opens Bill’s eyes to a new way of showing his faith, but will Bill give up being a minister?

Will siblings Cal, George and Taylor get over their fears of commitment? The stories of Cal and Michael, George and Aaron, and Taylor and Carla are brilliant and are cleverly described alongside those of the guests.

I loved this book, and the wonderful feel good factor it evoked. For me, it’s the best of the series so far. The characters are, again, perfect for the stories that unwind slowly and are then wound up again into ideal conclusions. The ending ties up all the residents and guests stories but leaves enough open for more. Cozzi Cove, where dreams really do come true.

 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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