REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: NEW BEGINNINGS” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #4
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:yes
PRICE: $ 4,99 on Amazon
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: 27th March 2017

 

BLURB: Welcome back to the romantic and magical place called Cozzi Cove, seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore.

This summer, Cal and his new husband, Michael, along with sister, Taylor, and her wife, Carla, prepare for the first in the next generation of Cozzis. To add to the action: Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary, exposing a shocking surprise; Michael and Taylor weigh new job opportunities that could take them far away from Cozzi Cove; red-letter Christian and new houseboy, Billy Dean, gets his wish when meeting Jesus and John at the cove; summer guest, Nijad, can’t decide which sibling he prefers—Annabel or Andrew; and Jonathan, an occult enthusiast, encounters a sexy vampire.

As usual, nothing is as it seems when romance blossoms once again at Cozzi Cove. What secrets, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold? Find out in Book Four of the Cozzi Cove series.

 

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 “Love is love. It’s rare and precious.  If it’s real, you’ll know when you have it.  And If you do, you won’t want to let it go” – Joe Cosentino, 2017. 

Part of my anticipation in reading the Cozzi Cove Series is finding out who’s checking in on the Guest List this season and their baggage that they are bringing with them – and I’m not talking suitcases here……

Each guest that checks into one of the Cozzi Cove bungalows has a story to tell, some hilariously funny, some sad but in the very capable hands of this author, we know it’s going to be another memorable season.

We were given a quick catch up with the Cozzi’s themselves – Cal and Michael have been married a year now, as have George and Aaron and Taylor and Carla with the Hot-Off-The-Press news that Carla is heavily pregnant with Cal and Michael’s baby after offering to be a Surrogate for them. My trolley-dolly Connor has been replaced by Billy Dean Boyd, he is studying theatre but spouts his Grampa’s  expressions with such a fluency that I was left with that 24 carat feeling which made great reading, I think my favourite being “I’m dryer than a tree bribing a dog” but it’s a hard decision because they are all such little gems.

So who were our Guests this season? Well, we had a Travel Agent, Flight Attendants, a Tax Auditor, a senior Editor of a very famous magazine, Jesus and his disciple John (yep, you read that right) and let’s not forget the unforgettable method actor, Count Dracula….

As you can see, quite a bunch of somewhat oddball, quirky but definitely interesting group of Guests. And Joe Cosentino gets full kudos for giving every character their own specialness that made such entertaining and somewhat gut-busting reading, so remember the hankies when reading to mop up the tears of laughter, as they come in quick succession!

For me, this Series is about love, finding yourself and most of all acceptance. The author always subtly infuses a moral message into his stories and this one was no exception, a wake up call to remind us that though someone may be different, it doesn’t make them a lesser person and being different should be embraced, not disgraced or shamed, but accepted for whom they are.

I’ll always check in with Joe Cosentino, he is the “thinking author” of sexy fun, memorable characters and creativity, where hope can become reality.

Five big fat stars from me.

 

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

 

 

REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Cozzi Cove: stepping out
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #3
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:yes
PRICE: $ 5.58 on Amazon
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23rd January 2017

 

BLURB: 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?

 

 

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    ****another winner from the Joe Cosentino stable****

 Yet again this author showered us with the Cosentino magic, I was drenched in his drama, angst, ultimate love and…..angels, he certainly pulled another triumph from his magician’s hat.

For the uninitiated, Cozzi Cove is a gay holiday resort and after the death of his parents and with the help (financially) from his sister, his younger lover and recently found half brother, Cal runs it himself and has found his true calling.

So let’s talk about the Cozzi’s themselves…….

Cal. Owner of Cozzi Cove. In love with his younger lover, but still hung-up over the death of his husband.

Michael. Cal’s younger lover. “Star of Cal’s nights and his brightness in the mornings” but tried to gay-bash Cal on their first meeting! Now all he wants is for Call to make an honest man of him and marry him.  Michael needs this to make his life complete.

Taylor. Cal’s sister and financial wizard. With her mordant wit that she lavishly sprinkles over the people she loves, it covers the real Taylor and the secret she is hiding.

George. Cal and Taylor’s half brother. Gifted designer but still reeling from the shock that  the love of his life walked out on him because he wasn’t’t Jewish!

But it’s not just about the Cozzi’s and the webs they weave, it’s also about the Guests that check-in and check-out. But they never check out of our hearts.  We as readers, remember everyone of them – they are the real beauty of Cozzi Cove together with this author’s amazing talent – he makes these OTT characters stay with us, his characterisation is just phenomenal and therefore great fun to read, I never chuckle as much as I do as when I’m reading a Cosentino.

And I cannot resist but mention Connor. My all time favourite trolley dolly nymphomaniac.  His enthusiasm for sex leaves me gobsmacked but Connor is gobsmacked as well – he’s fallen madly in love and this time, it’s real love……

For me, Stepping Out, unlike the others in the Series, is about your past catching up with you. The truth will always come out and deeds will be punished but for some, maybe get their rewards they so deserve.

The Series goes from strength to strength with each new addition but don’t worry if you haven’t read the others yet, it can be read very successfully as a stand alone.

Five big fat stars from me.

 

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

 

 

REVIEW: “DRAMA CRUISE” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Drama Cruise
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Lethe Press
GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: A Nicky and Noah Mystery #3
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 5.00 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 190 pages
RELEASE DATE: 30th November 2016

 

BLURB: Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!

 

lorraine

Oh Professor how I do love thee……

 Everyone knows that I’m a Joe Cosentino junkie, he really cracks me up, lol. But I’m the first to admit that the withdrawal symptoms between books is excruciating, but the high I get when I finally get my next fix from his latest book is worth it (rereads are helpful and my equivalent to Methadone). And Drama Cruise gave me the ultimate all-time high.

Yes…it’s addictive. Yes….its snarky.  Yes….its also bellyaching, laugh out loud humour but it’s sophisticated bellyaching humour, that only my Professor could deliver with such panache.  And those little political jibes that he so effortlessly slips in?  They’re so sharp and cutting, that you need a surgeon on emergency stand-by!

This all adds up to the most entertaining and enjoyable read. It definitely should be short-listed for The Lefty Awards 2017 (the Award honours the best humorous mystery during the previous year) or how about The Thurber Prize?

                    “the only safe ship in a storm is leadership”.  Fave Wattleton.

 Fave Wattleton’s above statement is not only true but also very clever. Unfortunately for the Professors on board that are dying at an alarming rate, it’s Captain James Vessel (love what you did there author) that’s in charge and has no leadership skills worthy of mention, so thank goodness the remaining “alive” Professors have their own Lifeboat…Nicky and Noah!

Yes, my boys are back! Planning to have a relaxing cruise to Alaska whilst the passengers on board can attend various Workshops and also, a Murder Mystery Gala Event.  Unbeknown to them, their families also decided to sail along with them, one big happy family until marriage is mentioned….

Superb fun from start to finish, for me this Series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.

Five Drama Excellence stars from me.

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book were entirely my own.****

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
COVER ART: Aria Tan
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
GENRE: Contemporary
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #3
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 5,49
LENGHT: 231 pages
RELEASE DATE: 16th April 2016

 

BLURB: 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?

Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

 

lorraine

“There’s no place more magical or more romantic than Cozzi Cove in the summer”

That one line encapsulates this storyline so well – Cozzi Cove is indeed a magical place.
Who knew that 7 bungalows set surrounding a beautiful cove, could hold so many secrets, love and intrigue?  This lover’s paradise, that Joe Cosentino created, is pure romance in its finest form.  As in real life, it’s not all sweetness, heartache does rear its ugly head (yep, it’s tissue time), then be ready to start laughing again as Rodney and Dennis, the terrible duo, become  serious contenders to rival Beatrice and Benedick (Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing).  Their bickering was legendary!
But there’s so much more, every bungalow had a story to tell.  My all time favourite?  Sam and Chase, which just goes to prove that what seems obvious is not always apparent (especially if you are lusting after Raul).
And let’s not forget the Owner(s), Cal has been with Mike for a year now, are they still finding paradise in their own paradise? or is Carlo really Mike’s “stud buddy” rather than “study buddy”?
Then there’s Connor.  The “nobody’s gayer than me” trolley dolly.  His trolley reminded me of  Mary Poppins bag…….it seemed never ending of what he could pull out of it – condoms, dildo’s, ladies swimsuit (read the book) and I’m assuming clean linen, but with him around, things didn’t stay clean for very long (lol).  For a character who was basically an “extra” in book 1, he’s fast becoming a celebrity in his own right.
The humour, whether subtle or not-so-subtle was superb, the timing delivered with perfection, Joe Cosentino is a  natural comedian and another reason why I love reading his books.  He is also very clever, he weaved moral messages throughout the entire storyline, yes, these were tenuous, but easily picked up upon, so well done, you have my full support on these.
So many other wonderful characters with stories to be told but I’ll let you find out for yourselves, you’ve had enough spoilers from me to whet your appetite.
Great fun entwined with the Cosentino romantic magic that brings his books alive, I loved it.

5 big fat cozy stars from me.

 

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

 

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen and Drama Muscle  Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Nine Star Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards.

His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers).

Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press).

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/Cozzi-Cove-Forward-Joe-Cosentino-ebook/dp/B01EEM4898/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460979561&sr=1-2&keywords=cozzi+cove

 

REVIEW: “IN MY HEART” Anthology by Joe Cosentino

 

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TITLE: In My Hearth Anthology
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Dreampsinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
PAPERBACK :yes
PRICE: $ 14.99 on Dreamspinner store
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: 21st March 2016

 

BLURB: An Infatuation

With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.

A Shooting Star

On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star.

Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

 

lorraineAn Infatuation: You may search through numerous Oyster Beds and never find a Pearl, but late into the early hours of this morning, I found a Pearl – the perfect Pearl, in this wonderful storyline told in flashbacks.
The Author executed his storyline with a marvellous precision that would be the envy of many Authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.   Because the storyline is told in flashbacks, I knew what was coming? didn’t I? yes, I did! so why the tissues then? – because I got so involved, I was left an emotional wreck!
The storyline sounds simple enough, but don’t let it fool you – it’s not! It’s devilishly complicated, the Author forewent the pistols and went straight to the big guns! he didn’t take prisoners, it was all or nothing.
For me, it was Team Harold all the way – he owned it! Stuart and Mario played the “walk-on’s” for me – soon forgotten. Mr. Ringwood will be someone whom you can remember his face, but stumble over his name – but he did leave mark. Unlike Harold – Harold will always be remembered! Looks can be deceiving – Harold deceived. He was strong, so, so strong!
That’s all I’m going to say, no spoilers, no hints. Whoever said that “your school years are the best years of your life” needs to be found and shot with the big guns that I spoke about earlier.
Read this book. If you can only afford to buy one more book this year? buy this one. I cannot recommend it enough, definitely one of my favourite reads of 2015! Five, big fat, tear glistened stars from me (more if I could).

A Shooting Star: Five beautiful shooting stars, this book lit the darkest night.

This book lit the nighttime sky with shooting stars galore, so how do you rate/review a book that is just so heart-wrenchingly beautiful, that no words I possess in my vocabulary, would do it justice? That is my first dilemma! My second? I’ve already given 5* to the two previous books that I have read by this amazing, gifted Author and this bitter sweet chef-d’oeuvre, merits a higher, superior rating but here at threebooksovertherainbow, we plateau at a 5 star maximum. So I hope you can see my difficulty?

So while I think through my predicament, I’m going to share my thoughts on the storyline (without spoilers and giving anything away – the blurb covers it remarkably well) while waiting for inspiration to materialise.

This short but powerful story is about hope, love and aspirations – a yearning that may or may not, transpire. I got the impression that this Author is very vigilant in his observations of people and then he personifies them in his writing, with a certain embellishment, that is so entertaining to read. The whole book is littered with humour, that is natural but so engaging.

David takes young Jonathan under his wing right from the very beginning and steers him in the right direction on learning how to read people and therefore enhancing his future acting abilities. They become firm friends and this develops into so much more for Jonathan, but David has secrets! Where does he go when he leaves Jonathan at night? What influence has David’s father got over his life? Is David really the brightest star in the sky, shining brightly to show people the right way to go? or is Jonathan blinkered by the bright light and being led like a month to the flame – only to get burnt? And then there’s Barry. For me, he stole the show! – I truly doted on him, relishing in his dependability – for me, he shone brighter than the leading stars.

Again Joe Cosentino drew me into his wonderful world of part fact/part fiction/loosely based on his own experiences world – a world as a reader I love to enter, time and time again. Maybe not the ending that I hoped for, but then again on reflection, could it have ended any other way? Most probably not.

My predicament is still here, I haven’t solved it and most probably never will. Read and delight in this bitter sweet pleasure that this Author offers and maybe leave your own review, to do this book justice, as I’ve failed in my effort to do so.

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

 

Dear Readers,

     I am incredibly touched by your many messages in praise of my two e-book novellas from Dreamspinner Press, AN INFATUATION and A SHOOTING STAR, including how reading them changed your lives. This is especially important to me since AN INFATUATION is loosely based on my years in high school and my ten-year high school reunion, and A SHOOTING STAR is loosely based on my time as a theatre major in college. Your support and enthusiasm helped AN INFATUATION win Favorite Book Cover and 2nd Place Favorite Romance Novel in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll of 2015, and me win 2nd Place Favorite Author. Now your embracing of these two novellas has caused Dreamspinner Press to publish them together in a paperback under the title IN MY HEART, releasing March 21. I hope you will embrace the paperback anthology in the same way as you did the e-books. Thank you from–in my heart. Hugs.

Joe Cosentino

 

Purchase Links:

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7552

http://www.amazon.com/My-Heart-Infatuation-Shooting-Star/dp/1634771036/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Praise for AN INFATUATION (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2015: 2nd Place Best MM Romance Novel, 1st Place Best Cover Design):

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”  Diverse Reader

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!” Bike Book Reviews

“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.” MM Good Book Reviews

“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.” The Novel Approach

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”. Nautical Star Books

“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.” LoveBytes Reviews

“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers. I would really recommend them. This is a Bittersweet novel, but it has laughs-a-plenty despite the sad and ugly lurking beneath the veneer. A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

The story kept me turning the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.” “I love that Harold found what he was looking for in life and in a partner and love that he has his HEA. Great read.” Up All Night, Sleep All Day

“just the right dose of humor, honesty, and of course, sweet romance” Readers’ Favorite

Praise for A SHOOTING STAR:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“heart-wrenchingly beautiful, that no words I possess in my vocabulary would do it justice” “Again Joe Cosentino drew me into his wonderful world of part fact/part fiction/loosely based on his own experiences world – a world as a reader I love to enter, time and time again.” Three Books over the Rainbow

“A Shooting Star could easily function as a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“This is a bittersweet love story, so don’t be surprised if you find tears running down your face when a shining and burning star is extinguished too soon. But, as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“Cosentino has another winning heartbreaker with A Shooting Star.” Prism Book Alliance.

“Yes, it is a bittersweet story but it is one that still has hope and love.” Hearts on Fire Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” “If you like something different from time to time, a bittersweet story, actors, college men, and a very sweet romance I highly recommend this.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“a sophisticated, enthralling and suspenseful tale with a gothic vibe and a multi-layered execution that will have you sitting up and taking notice. This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre make A Shooting Star one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

“a beautifully written story, full of life, love, heartbreak, tragedy, and maybe most importantly, triumph.” Readers’ Favorite

 

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino

Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Cozzi Cove: bouncing back
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #1
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:yes
PRICE: $ 4,87 on Amazon
LENGTH: 213 pages
RELEASE DATE: 21st March 2016

 

BLURB: On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.
Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.
When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.
And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.
What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

 

 

lorraine

 Heartbreaking and heartwarming, sweet beginnings for some, sour endings for others, emotions jumping off the page as you turn eagerly to read more, welcome to Cozzi Cove. The author measured his scales to perfection in delivering the perfect balance of love, laughter and tears in this sexy, fun filled holiday romance entwined with some sadness.

Summer magic waved it’s wand at all who visited and stayed at Cozzi Cove and I was one of those who wanted to stay.
Joe Cosentino never does a one-man show, he has too many characters shouting at him, all wanting to be included and as he never wants to disappoint, he includes then all. In this book, we are introduced to –

Mario and Chris – two young men who could so easily fall in love with each other but does Mario have another side to him that Chris hasn’t seen yet or more importantly, likes?

Greg and Josh – still so much in love after 30 years but concerned that their son maybe – horror of horrors – straight!

Arthur – the accident prone, sun allergic, graphic designer and his….merman? nothing is as it seems, or is it?
Mark and Tim – sad but so readable storyline.
Sean and Chuck – the 60 year old, OCD virgin and the I-don’t-want-to-be-a-porn-star-anymore actor.

Cal and Lance – the owners of Cozzi Cove and so much in love with each other and their cove.

Connor – the outrageous flirt/man slut, who is happy going from one hook-up to the next and always on the lookout for the “next”.

Every character, enhanced by Joe Cosentino’s unique magical style, sprinkled their love dust over Cozzi Cove, bringing it to life, where it bloomed and flourished.

I loved every word – the sexy ones, the humorous ones, the plain and simple love ones and even the sad ones, they all added up to a joyous and memorable read.

Five big fat stars from me.

 

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

 

Buy links:

 

REVIEW: “THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: The Naked Prince and other tales from Fairyland
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Dreamspinner Store
LENGHT: 98 pages
RELEASE DATE:  27th January 2016

 

BLURB: Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.

In Whatever Happened To…?, friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.

And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

 

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Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a author that ticks every box you want as a reader, today I’m that lucky reader.

Firstly, I want to say that I love the Dedication and Acknowledgement. Secondly, a warning – this (as the title suggests) is no child’s sitting on your lap time reading, maybe your partner’s **excellent idea** but definitely not a child!

Once upon a time, a writer/professor in a far off country, sat down and decided to X-rate the traditional fairytale for the unprejudiced reader. These sexy little delights he offers us are prefect to loose yourselves in Fairyland escapism.

The blatant name dropping would be tedious from any other author, but when the cast of cameo appearances include Mother Goose, Captain Hook, Little Bo Peep, Robin Hood and so many more, all I can say is “Welcome to Fairyland, where nothing is as it seems…..”

We are treated to four short, humorous, sexy tales. The 1st being the author’s take on Cinderella, with the pickling jar being used as the glass slippers.  I loved the characters  Maxwell and Mortimer, they stole the show as far as I’m concerned and it supplied one of  the best lines I’ve read in a long time – “….as he slipped on palace protection” and we are not talking floors here!

The 2nd naughty tale is based on The Three Bears.  Ohhhhhh Jack, you are such a naughty boy! and I did think that we were going to get a little ménage action with Gideon and the Bears, but it wasn’t to be, still enjoyable though and I have two favourite quotes from this one “I always suspected he had more down his throat then a frog” and “we got pretty far.  Jack is very nimble and amazing quick” – I’m still chuckling over those two little masterpieces.

The 3rd is based on Pinocchio and my favourite of the collection.  I loved how the author described him as a pathological liar, true but harsh and the one-liners in this story came thick and fast (no pun intended).  My favourite being “Hey Jack, how about you pull my string and I climb your beanstalk” – classic!

The 4th and final one is based on Frozen.  It was a cold tale and left me cold too – it lacked the humour that was so welcomed in the other stories, so this was my least favourite, but you may disagree and we will let the Wizard of Oz be the arbitrator on that one.

Overall, a great saucy, fun collection and highly recommended.

Five enchanted, celestial, fairy stars from me.

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming releases are Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press) and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press releasing March 15). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015.

Praise for Joe Cosentino’s books from Dreamspinner Press:

“unbelievably beautiful” “a masterpiece” Lovebytes Reviews

“as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.” Kathy Mac Reviews

“a master class in how to write short fiction (or any fiction). Joe Cosentino has provided a work that will leave you thinking and wanting to savor and re-read it again and again.” GGR Reviews

“Like an onion, Joe Cosentino’s stories have layers.” “For those readers looking for something a little bit different – dare I say unique? For those readers who like to laugh. For those readers who appreciate the nuances of people and the way each character is different. For those readers who want to read a damn good story – check out this author. I’m glad I did.” “A truly fabulous read.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

“This story just blew me away.” Cathy Brockman Romance/MM Good Book Reviews

“From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish the book.” Inked Rainbow Reads

“really grabs you and tugs at your emotions” “unique and enjoyable.” Nautical Star Books

“It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.” BFD Book Blog

“This is polished prose at its best. Intelligent writing, a thought-provoking plot and characters befitting the theater genre” “one of my favorite reads this year.” Love’s Last Refuge Reviews

“Don’t miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!”  Bike Book Reviews

“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”. Nautical Star Books

“There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried…unforgettable.” Multitaskingmomma Reviews

“I really loved this book and having an ending that made me laugh and cry at the same time is testament to the brilliant writing.” BooksLaidBareBoys

“The author executed his storyline with a marvelous precision that would be the envy of many authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours.” “If you can only afford to buy one more book this year, buy this one.” Three Books Over the Rainbow Reviews

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
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INTERVIEW: Joe Cosentino

 

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I’m really excited to say that the writing powerhouse Joe Cosentino has granted me an interview. You all know by now that Joe is one of my favourite humorist writers, which was clearly shown when I received that Restraining Order from him… but we have now moved on and therapy is definitely helping!

TB: So Joe, your latest book “Drama Muscle” has just been released. Can you give us a brief description of what Nicky and Noah are up to this time?

JOE: First, I want to say that I adore you and the site. You are quite witty yourself, and a good writer—and interviewer. Perhaps we can spin this off to a television chat show, or maybe an act a la Sonny and Cher. Hah. And thank you for your support and championing of Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery published by Lethe Press. I am thrilled to announce that it won Best Contemporary Novel, Best Mystery Novel, Best Crime Novel, and Best Humorous Novel for 2015 in the Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll Awards!

 Okay, I’m Italian-American so I talk a lot. Luckily you can’t see my hands moving. On to “Drama Muscle” and finally answering your question. In Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah don their gay Holmes and Watson personas again to find out who is murdering musclemen in the Bodybuilding Department. In the novel Nicky is directing bodybuilding students in Treemeadow College’s annual Bodybuilding competition on campus. Bodybuilding students and faculty drop faster than barbells until Nicky figures out the identity of the murderer, as well as Noah’s secret revolving around Van Granite, one of the bodybuilding professors. Noah’s hysterically funny parents visit from Wisconsin and are drawn into the action, and Nicky and Noah reach a milestone by the end of the novel.

TB: We have a long standing TV murder series here in the UK that I believe has been aired since 1997. None of us viewers ever query the fact that the number of murders would outweigh the total number of residents in these small quaint English villages.  Can you see the same happening at Treemeadow College with Nicky and Noah investigating?

JOE: I love those cozy mystery television shows. In the US it is “Murder She Wrote” and “Hart to Hart.” Noah’s mother has a funny line in Drama Muscle, where she asks why any parent would ever send his/her child to Treemeadow College due to all the murders. Hah. As you know in Drama Queen college theatre professors were dropping like stage curtains and amateur sleuths/college theatre professors Nicky and Noah had to use their theatre skills, including impersonating other people, to figure out whodunit. So I’ve pretty much managed to wipe out the Theatre Department and Bodybuilding Department. Have no fear. Drama Cruise, the third Nicky and Noah mystery takes place on a cruise ship to Alaska, where Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show. You guessed it! The cast members/theatre professors drop like anchors and Nicky and Noah have to figure out whodunit and why. That book should be released by Lethe Press in about six months. It will give you something to live for. Hah.

TB: Why do you write?

JOE: Since I hear voices in my head, I figure I should write down what they say, rather than committing myself. Hah. Actually, as a kid I created full theatrical, costumed and choreographed musical productions in my neighbor’s garage. After majoring in theatre in college, I became a professional actor, working in film, television, and theatre opposite stars like Rosie O’Donnell (AT&T industrial), Nathan Lane (Roar of the Greasepaint onstage), Bruce Willis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream onstage), Charles Keating (NBC’s Another World), Jason Robards (Commercial Credit computer commercial), and Holland Taylor (ABC’s My Mother Was Never a Kid TV movie). Moving on to playwriting and ultimately writing novels came next. Along the way I received two master’s degrees and became a college professor/department head (like Martin Anderson in the Nicky and Noah mystery series). I’m still telling stories. I can never understand why some authors have writers’ block. For me it’s a challenge to figure out which story in my head to write next!

TB: Where do you get your inspiration from, as it appears to me that every book has its own unique flavour and definitely its own humour!

 JOE: True! Maybe I have various people inside me, or perhaps I’m cloned—heaven forbid! As you see I write a great deal about what I know—show business and academia. Both are wacky worlds full of humor, romance, mystery, and definitely drama. My colleagues at my college kid me that if they tick me off, I will kill them. Hah. While the characters aren’t based on my colleagues and students, some things they might have said probably sparked a number of the characters and stories.

 Thinking about my Dreamspinner Press novellas, An Infatuation is loosely based on my high school years. A Shooting Star is loosely based on my college years as a theatre major. (By the way, they are doing so well as e-books, Dreamspinner Press is publishing them together as a paperback on March 21.) A Home for the Holidays came about after my trip to the gorgeous, glorious, and magical island of Capri. The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (releasing January 27) are my gay spin on my favorite fairytales like Cinderella, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, and The Snow Queen.

 The Nicky and Noah mysteries are the kind of books I like reading: funny, theatrical, sexy, wild, and wacky with a solid mystery full of plot twists and turns at its center—and a surprise ending. The Nicky and Noah mysteries are set in an Edwardian style university founded originally by a gay couple (Tree and Meadow) whose name the university bears: Treemeadow College. It is a gay cozy mystery comedy series, meaning the setting is warm and cozy, the clues and murders (and laughs) come fast and furious, there are enough plot twists and turns and a surprise ending to keep the pages turning, and at the center is a touching gay romance between Associate Professor of Directing Nicky Abbondanza and Assistant Professor of Acting Noah Oliver. In each book Nicky and Noah eavesdrop, seduce, role play, and finally trap the murderer, as pandemonium, hilarity, and true love ensue for a happily ever after ending—until the next book.

As for Drama Muscle, I have always been fascinated with bodybuilders. The concept of eating protein every two hours, lifting weights for three hours a day, shaving every body part, spray tanning, and posing in tiny gold trunks is amazing to me. What dedication! I quickly noticed the link between bodybuilding and theatre. So I realized the second Nicky and Noah mystery would take place in the Bodybuilding Department at Treemeadow College. Since I work out every day (yet see very little results!) and am enamored of the real bodybuilders who are so big they don’t even need to iron their shirts, Drama Muscle holds a special place in my heart (and somewhere else-hah).

 TB: Is either Nicky or Noah based on you?

 JOE: Nicky definitely has my wacky sense of humor, and like me he is Italian-American. Also like me, he is a one-man man. The similarity stops there. Nicky is not only great looking, he has such amazing wit, perseverance in the face of adversity, and smarts. I love his sense of determination in not only nabbing the murderer, but also getting his man—Noah. Nicky knows what he wants and how to get it. He is genuinely concerned for others, and he wants to help them. He also has no problem taking on the role of hero.

Martin Anderson, Nicky and Noah’s department head, is based on me. He’s a loyal, hardworking department head and professor who fully supports his faculty colleagues, office assistant, and the students in his department. Like me, he is also a little bit, well quite a bit, of a gossip. I also like that he is happily married like me. Though we see him only briefly in books two and three, we get to know Martin’s husband, Ruben, quite well in the third novel, Drama Cruise.

 TB: What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout your writing career?

 JOE: I learned from the best! I’ve read every Agatha Christie novel and play many times. She is a genius at outlining when and where to give the reader what information. I love the inversion in her books, where she uses sleight of hand to lay out all the information, but not in a straight forward manner. The reader becomes the sleuth to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I also learned how to create quirky, surprising, yet endearing characters from Armistead Maupin.

I also learned a great deal about the amount of time it takes to promote books. Wonderful people like you have helped me to do that, which I deeply appreciate.

TB: On that note, what would you have done differently if you would do it again?

 JOE: Stop worrying about reviews. Thankfully most of them have been very good. As for the few bad ones, it’s the reviewer’s karma. Given the amount of time and dedication it takes to write a book, I can’t imagine writing awful things about people’s work. Why not just move on and read something else?

 TB: Any regrets?

JOE: That I didn’t start writing novels earlier in life. I feel like I’m playing catch up now.

 TB: Best piece of writing advice that you can offer someone who is thinking of writing their first book?

 JOE: Write every day. When you have a story you think is perfect, ask someone you trust to read it. Then after doing another draft, email it to a publisher with an open submissions policy who publishes the kind of story you’ve written. If that publisher rejects it, immediately send it to the next one. If you are writing a mystery, give the clues early. There’s nothing worse than reading a mystery and not getting any clues until the end. The writer and reader should fall in love with the leading characters while the characters are falling in love with each other. And try to find the humor in every situation.

 TB: Are you a writer who encourages readers to interact with you? And if so, where is the best place to do so?

 JOE: I love to hear from readers! They can contact me via my web site at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

 TB: Can you give us a hint on what you have planned next?

JOE: My upcoming new beach series from The Nine Star Press, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward is based on my vacations at the New Jersey shore. It’s about a gay man who runs a gay resort on a beautiful beach cover

I also have three new Jana Lane mysteries coming out in 2016. I created a heroine who was the biggest child star ever until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. In Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press), Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In Porcelain Doll (The Wild Rose Press, releasing March 15), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In Satin Doll (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective. In China Doll (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s agent and best friend are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels.

 TB: Thank you for this captivating interview. I hope all of our readers get “Drama Muscle” and all of your books.

JOE: Thank you! We make a great team!

 

lorraineAmazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen and Drama Muscle  Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Nine Star Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards.

His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers).

Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press).

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

REVIEW: “DRAMA MUSCLE” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Drama muscle
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
COVER ART: Denny Minonne
PUBLISHER: Lethe Press
GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: A Nicky and Noah Mystery #2
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $  7.00
LENGHT: 190 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 2nd, 2016

 

BLURB: It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

 

lorraineWell it’s official. I’ve added Joe Cosentino to my Bucket List, I seriously need to meet this author, the man is a genius!

Book 1, Drama Queen was always going to be a hard act to follow with its belly ache laughter approach but in this “smirkathong” – yes I was smirking throughout the book, my top lip still aches – the author succeeded in delivering another comic classic!

My boys, Nicky and Noah, AKA as 9 ¼” Sherlock and sexy Watson, are back with more murders to solve (bodies are dropping quicker than any dumbbell drop)! – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be turning in his grave, not from the shock factor but from the laughter factor –  the one liners scattered throughout the book would leave Henny Youngman envious, the comic timings were superbly delivered.

Red herrings came thick and fast, as did the colourful characters (lol) and we were even treated to cameo appearances from Dick Danghammer and Marvin Meekbottom.  Every character added value, especially Noah’s dad and mum with her permanently attached camera that took pictures of everything to send back home and I mean everything!  Nicky and Noah’s sexy times were far sexier than book 1’s and yes, I’m smirking again thinking of them.

It was great fun but delivered with precision and excellence, I adored it, unlike the European driving comment……shame on you author!

Five academic Tony Award stars from me (try saying that three times fast – read the book to see what I mean).

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

 

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Drama Queen and Drama Muscle  Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Nine Star Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards.

His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers).

Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press), and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press).

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

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REVIEW: “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: A home for the holidays
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3.99 e-book on Dreamspinner
LENGHT: 52 Pages
RELEASE DATE: 2nd December 2015

 

BLURB:  Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian Island of Capri to meet his eccentric, extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after. “Reading this little holiday treat is like taking a romantic trip to gorgeous Capri, Italy!”

 

lorraine“There’s no place like home” L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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.

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

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