- File Size: 1655 KB
- Print Length: 60 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018OHXKKW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Home for the Holidays Kindle Edition
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Sorry Dorothy, but after reading Joe Cosentino, I have to disagree with you – home is where you make it! and this book proves it beyond doubt.
Ok, I admit it’s short, but again this book brings home another good point – it’s all about quality not quantity. It’s so very sweet, I sat down to read it on a miserable, cold, blustery, wet day in the UK and was transported within a few pages to the beautiful island of Capri. I was their with Bobby and Paolo, feeling the sun on my face and the warm swell of the sea as I walked barefoot on the sea’s edge, the author’s brilliantly descriptive words took me to that beautiful place where Bobby and Paolo fell in love. As I have already stated, the book is short and the blurb really does cover the storyline well, so I won’t repeat, but I will say this –
Joe Cosentino writes engaging stories, but not only that, he writes true heartfelt emotions, he lures in his readers with sexy enticements and holds you tight in his intricate web of awesomeness. His sex scenes are not the “get it on” type that so many authors rely on these days, but a sexier, softer approach that heats up your imagination to staggering degrees.
No spoiler, but let’s say that I’m expecting to hear more about my boys, Bobby and Paolo in the sequel? That was a hint Joe, don’t let me down – this is just the start of their journey, share with us how their journey ends?
For anyone looking for a little secret Santa present, might I suggest that any of Joe Cosentino books would be a great present and the recipient would be eternally grateful when they sit down after the Christmas mayhem to read it and just chill out.
Five skyscraper stars from me.
It never ceases to amaze me about how extended Italian families seem to be or more importantly how they ever manage to keep tabs on who is related to whom. Bobby goes to Capri to spend his time with his extended family, his grandmother being a second cousin three times removed from Paolo’s grandfather or something like that. Don’t ask me as to be honest I can’t now remember but it was heart warming to see no matter how distant the relation Bobby was accepted into the family as warmly as if it was his own direct family.
I liked the typical animated conversations around the family dining table, I could just imagine the whole noisy scenario. Typical Italian? I guess but I’m not an expert on this culture by a long shot. But it came across pretty authentic to me. Paolo is given the task to show Bobby around Capri while he is there. A job that he takes on with some reluctance but in this family the hierarchy is clear so once you have been tasked to do something there’s no getting out of it. At first I got the feeling that Paolo kind of resented Bobby being there but gradually something builds between them. Bobby finds Paolo irresistible and when they both find out they’re gay then Bobby starts to fall for Paolo all the more. My first reaction was a little cringe worthy however to think that they are related and now falling in love with each other. But then I had to remember that they are so distant as relatives it really doesn’t matter anymore.
Bobby’s advances are always shunned by Paolo. Why? Well, we learn that Paolo until now has been a bit of a player, one night stands and nothing more. He is afraid of getting involved as he doesn’t want to get hurt and he feels that he might be feeling more than he should for Bobby. I guess like all good sons he has a dream but it always has to take second place against the expectations of the his family and the company. Here I felt sorry for Paolo that someone can be so oppressed into giving up a dream for the sake of having to fulfil one’s duty and what the family wants. Quite selfish from the family if you ask me even if it isn’t intended that way. Bobby eventually gets through to Paolo with the help of his father on the other side of the pond making him realise that life has a lot more to offer than doing the family’s bidding.
The whole story idea in itself was a nice one however upon reflection there were just a few things that stopped it being more than three stars for me. I would have liked a little more substance or plot to the story. Paolo and Bobby are flying around the island on Paolo’s Vespa showing him the island but there isn’t a lot more to the plot really than this. I’m afraid I just didn’t feel the heat or attraction between the MCs like I should have. There was just something a little flat with the character dynamics between the pair of them which didn’t make them lift off the page for me and I also felt there is constant repetition of a couple of things.
First the dialogues between Paolo and Bobby; Paolo ended almost every sentence with the word “cousin” when addressing Bobby. Maybe it’s a cultural thing and I’m not really qualified to comment, but I felt it started to interrupt the flow of their dialogues for me personally to the extent that it didn’t sound natural anymore. This was a shame as at a certain point it was difficult for me to take Paolo seriously anymore and therefore the dialogues lost some of their sparkle. It wasn’t necessary for me to be reminded all the time that they are cousins.
The same I’m afraid went for the food. There is a lot of eating going on in this book, natural enough maybe for an Italian family, but I felt every time they sat down to eat we always get a complete culinary rundown of what’s on the table albeit either at home or in one of the many restaurants Paolo took Bobby to. This again distracted me a little from the real point or focus of why they are there and that is the conversation. These two things were a little overdone for my tastes I’m afraid.
However after all is said and done this is a charming, compact Christmas novella with an Italian flare. It’s about learning to love and trust, even if there is the risk of getting hurt, about following your dreams, even if this risks upsetting some people and about the importance of families.
Reviewed by Mark for Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews
Bobby is an out-gay, law student who is second-gen Italian-American with a doting mother and a family who loves him. They are a bit outrageous, as a family, but this Christmas will be different. Uncle Bobby won't have to sit at the kids table because he lacks a partner. Nope, Mama has arranged to send Bobby to meet his distant relatives on the island of Capri for Christmas.
Bobby has been a student of Italian for years, so he is able to communicate with his cousins, aunt, uncle and greataunt and greatuncle. This family is no less eccentric as his own, and they are able to urge Bobby away from his law books to experience the island sights, with Paulo, his cousin as a guide. It soon becomes clear that Paulo is gay, and while there is a mutual attraction, Paulo makes it clear that he is not boyfriend material. To be sure, Paulo and Bobby are close in age and attraction, but not blood. They are--at best--third cousins. (Their grandfathers were cousins. In my genealogy we would consider the grandchildren of cousins to be sixth cousins...so there should be no qualms of incest.)
Bobby sees the deprecating way Paulo is treated by his father and sister--he is just a lowly factory worker in their company. They don't accept his homosexuality, and gay marriage is illegal in Italy (in this story), so Paulo has no aspirations of having a husband one day. Bobby's experiences are so very different from Paulo's, and he's able to share his own dreams with his cousin, to some degree. Expect a melancholy phase, and a HFN/HEA-hope ending. There are a little bit of sexytimes, but they are on the down-low with the barest hint of steam.
On the whole, I liked the story. It's a quick read with great descriptions of Capri, and enough characterization of the many characters to give a flavor of all of them. Poor Nonna, living for her funeral! It's a fun holiday story, that's not too heavy on the Christmas--probably because it's set in a country that believes Christmas to be a religious event, not a present extravaganza...which was refreshing.
I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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