- File Size: 4896 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945952784
- Publisher: NineStar Press (March 27, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XKQ8SN1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cozzi Cove is a gay friendly resort built by current owner Cal Cozzi’s great-grandfather. The resort has passed from one generation to the next and consists of seven bungalows spread around a beautiful cove on the Jersey Shore. Cal and his husband Michael are permanent residents and the other bungalows are rented out over the summer. The cove is a magical place where love and laughter abound and strangers become friends, and often so much more.
As the season begins we find Cal employing a new houseboy, now that Connor has married and opened a bed and breakfast in town. Enter Billy Dean Boyd, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, muscular specimen of a man. He is a theatre major on a football scholarship and a red letter Christian who has signed a chastity card to remain celebrate until marriage. As a tolerant and accepting gay man it seems he’ll fit right in, and if the magic of the cove makes him question his long term goals, well then it might just be more than a job that he finds. An unexpected visit from Jesus and John may help guide this sweet young man in the right direction.
Nijad Hadad is a 30-year-old, bisexual travel agent who has been unlucky in love. Despite his kind heart, beautiful dark-skin, black-hair, dark-eyes and muscular body, Nijad has yet to meet ‘the one’. At check in he meets Andrew Urban, of a similar age and with a similar history of bad luck in love. Andrew is a beautiful, pale-skinned blue-eyed blonde of slim build and a shy nature. He is staying in the bungalow next to Nijad with his twin sister Annabel and, since she is yet to arrive, he agrees to dinner with his new neighbour. Each man has a secret they are loathe to share, however, and with Annabel’s mischievous interference who knows what can happen in a week at the cove.
Malcolm Wolfe is a rich, successful magazine editor taking a break from the pressures of working on a very high profile magazine. Or so he says. There’s something about this buff, confident, black man that rubs Cal the wrong way. When he discovers their shared history, Cal is concerned by Malcolm’s strong interest in Michael’s talents as a photojournalist. Something doesn’t sit right, particularly when Cal discovers that Malcolm is married to a woman and lives a secret life as a gay man. His motives in helping Michael may not be all they seem.
Jonathan Harper is a middle-aged tax auditor with an obsession with Dracula and all things horror related. He has been extremely unlucky in love with few men willing to support his hobby. Staying at the cove while attending a horror convention Jonathan has a chance meeting with Dracula and it appears all his fantasies have come true.
Vlad Lesti is a straight, middle-aged, struggling actor, staying at the cove while playing Dracula at the horror convention. A chance meeting with Jonathan, whilst in character, leads to an unlikely friendship and attraction. With Jonathan convinced that Vlad is a direct descendant of the ‘real’ Dracula, strange and magical events lead these two lonely men in an unexpected direction.
There is much going on in Cal and Michael’s lives in New Beginnings . Big changes are coming. A visit from Cal’s sister Taylor and the discovery of Cal’s great-grandfathers diary lead to a series of events which will impact all their lives. Can Michael find a job that fits in with the life he and Cal have planned? Will Taylor move closer to home with Carla, or halfway across the world where a lucrative job offer tempts? Will Jesus and John bring more than the Holy Spirit into Billy Dean’s life? Can two sets of lonely men find love and acceptance with each other? What is Malcolm’s real agenda? So many questions and so much intrigue.
With Joe Cosentino’s utterly unique, dry humour, and sense of the absurd, the answers will come amid many giggles and laugh out loud moments. With lines such as “I’m just a guy who fell in love with a man I tried to gay bash”, and “Maybe our baby is the antichrist” said with complete seriousness, you know this is no ordinary author, or story. No one writes like Joe, and no book of his is less than a five star journey into farce, laughter and fabulously original characters and HEA’s. New Beginnings, like all of this author’s body of work, is surprising, beautifully written and giggle-snort wonderful. Highly recommended.
Author – Joe Cosentino
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 174
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd person, multi-POV
Would I read it again – Yes!
Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Romance
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine
Warning: obsessions with vampires, past child abuse and mental health issues ahead.
Cozzi Cove has been one of my favourite contemporary series since book one. Since then, I've never hesitated to jump at the first opportunity to read each book. I don't even need to see a cover or read a blurb anymore. If it's Cozzi Cove, I know I'm going to love it. This one is no exception.
With a new cast of characters, the Cozzi Cove bungalows are brought to life again. Dealing with hope, love, family and so much, these characters once again delve deeper than the surface, to deal with subjects that would be heavy and depressive in the hands of another author. At Cozzi Cove, issues such as identity, family, cheating, integrity and hate crimes arise in loveable, relateable characters, in a way that makes us readers self-reflect and feel compassion. Cosentino is an author not afraid to confront the darker and sadder realities of life within a sweet romantic setting with some complex characters.
It was great to see some of the old 'regular' cast back. Michael was just as sweet, innocent and naïve as ever and I really worried about him, because of that. At the same time, I knew how much Cal loves him and that that would never change, so he had that stable support system already in place. But he's tender hearted and still questions his place in Cal's life, which makes total sense considering their history and how quickly they fell in love. It's just great to see that he and Cal, as ever, are able to talk about the difficult things and be mature about it, even if they can't always agree.
Similarly, Billy Dean was a great new addition to the series. He's sweet and similar to Michael in some ways; all ripe to have his heart broken. Then his two angels stepped in and I couldn't have been happier. Billy Dean deserves happiness. I loved his spark, his charm and his small town boy charisma and mannerisms, but I also loved that he could be serious and thoughtful too. I loved the way that he interacted with Jesus and John, how he appreciated the little things and helped when Jesus was struggling.
Nijad, Andrew and Annabelle were an interesting mix and I loved seeing how it all played out, with both Nijad and Andrew being open about their feelings, even if it took some time. They might have been one of those instant attractions that happen at Cozzi Cove, but they took their time and it made sense when misunderstandings occurred because of how little they knew about each other so far.
Jonathan was a riot! I loved him for his humour, his joy for life (or rather, death) and his obsession with vampires. I totally agree with him about the homoeroticism of Dracula and I've always said so. Renfield and Barnabas were really cute too. I loved that Vlad wasn't so much mysterious but totally transparent about his non-belief in vampires and such, but that he didn't try to dim Jonathan's enthusiasm over it too much.
Malcolm Wolf really is a wolf and that's all I'm going to say.
Overall, there's so much I want to say but can't because it would spoil everything. Just read it. From the sweetness of Billy Dean, to the surprises of Calvin Cozzi I's journal, to the cheekiness of Jonathan and Annabelle, there's something for everyone at Cozzi Cove.
And if you don't come for the romance, come for the food! This book made me hungry. At Cozzi Cove, there's fun, sun, sand, laughter and love. All you have to do is book your bungalow to find it.
“When the heroines in those old movies wore garlic necklaces and carried wooden stakes, I always thought, 'What's wrong with you, honey?' If a handsome man with slicked back blacked hair, broad shoulders, and a flowing cape had wanted to suck on my neck, I'd have declared it open season for a transfusion.”
“Jonathan served Vlad a glass of wine.
Vlad took a sip. “Are you trying to get me drunk and have your way with me?”
“Yes, I do that with all the sexually questioning vampires I entertain.””
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