4.5 and 3 Stars for A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2) by Joe Casentino #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners


Title: A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Casentino (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 2, 2015 – 98 pgs


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 Dreamspinner Press 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.

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This is my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. I really hoped that David and Jonathan would get their HEA but it was not to be, but there was a HEA. From the beginning I was enthralled and couldn’t wait to finish this book. I loved how the author went through David’s and Jonathan’s relationship and how David helped Jonathan with his acting. I didn’t expect what happened in the end but was glad to see that Jonathan got his HEA.



I didn’t read the first story in this series, but I thought I’d give this one a try.
I guess the best way to sum up this book is that it is… unique.. in a way.
I didn’t feel like I could relate or connect to either of the characters until 50% through. Just at the point where I wanted to put the book down and move on, things changed and we got to meet Barry… Now him I connected with. He was the only realistic and normal character in the whole book for me and he was a secondary character who wasn’t supposed to be a secondary, on the sidelines character.
The first part of the book we are rushed through so many scenes with no apparent reason and then BAM we are put into an awesome scene that I loved. We got to see Jonathan as a normal man and this small connection and interest flared up for Barry…. Then we go back to the chaos of David.
I found Jonathan more than a little gullible and a lot like a preteen girl. He blindly follows around his crazy roommate and does whatever he is told to do no matter how weird and out there it may seem. Never once does he actually try to think for himself or have his own emotions until suddenly he is heartbroken when he was warned from day one that it wasn’t a good idea.
Most of the book is told to us instead of shown. It is a bunch of ‘we did this and then that’ instead of something you can connect to and relate too.
While at the end of the tunnel, there is a little bit of light when you look under everything else… there is the sweetness that was David’s action to strangers. He always tried to help make strangers lives better and make them feel better, which I think is an excellent idea. However, not to the point of prying into strangers lives when you are hitchhiking.


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Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino is the author of AN INFATUATION and A SHOOTING STAR (Dreamspinner Press), PAPER DOLL Jana Lane mystery 1 (Whiskey Creek Press), DRAMA QUEEN Nicky and Noah mystery 1 (Lethe Press), A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Dreamspinner Press–releasing this December), THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND (Dreamspinner Press–releasing 2016), PORCELAIN DOLL Jana Lane mystery 2 (Wild Rose Press–releasing 2016), DRAMA MUSCLE Nicky and Noah mystery 2 (Lethe Press–releasing 2016), 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. Joe received his MFA from Goddard College in Vermont, and MA from SUNY New Paltz. He is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York. http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com


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One Response to 4.5 and 3 Stars for A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2) by Joe Casentino #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

  1. Mark

    I agree with Lynn. What a funny, sexy, romantic, and touching story. Like Jonathan, I fell in love with upperclassman David. How refreshing to see a leading character who cares about others and tries to help them. Barry’s and Professor Katzer’s antics cracked me up. David’s secret shocked me. I admit I cried toward the end, but loved the HEA ending. The dialogue was real and moving. It would make a great movie.

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