Title: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Cozzi Cove #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Cosentino (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 — 213 Pages
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?
This is only my second book by this author and it was really good. It was very easy to read and the writing was excellent. I would consider this a fantasy type book because of this happening in it (sorry just can’t say, you’ll have to read it) and it is clearly a story about accepting loss and moving on. This book clearly showed the author’s imagination and I loved how he introduced each of the characters into the story. Although the story centers on Cal Cozzi there are many different characters in this book. At first I had trouble keeping up because the characters where introduced all at the very beginning and not throughout the book. In fact I was thinking I might have to make a chart to be able to remember them all. As the story went on I was able to keep all the different characters straight which made it much more enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next book and would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to spend time on the beach (even virtually).
This book is about many different people. All of these men come together and get to know one another because of Cal Cozzi. He owns a bungalow resort and is gay friendly and advertises that his resort is. Many different people come to stay at the resort for a vacation and most leave their with a completely different life. It is as if the place is magical. People have the tendency of coming there and falling in love. Whether the love is short lived or lasts a lifetime.
These different groups of people are so different from one another it is like looking and seeing night and day. But regardless they all mesh well together. Even the couples that come together are the exact opposite of one another but that makes the story that much sweeter.
I really enjoyed this book. There was surprises that I did not see coming. There were parts that were hilarious, parts that were serious, parts that were happy and parts that were sad. Regardless of the emotion that the character was portraying at that moment I was able to feel it myself. So if for no other reason that made this an amazing book. I also truly loved the story line and the diverting the people in it. It made it seem so much more realistic. So job well done Joe.
If Mauve Binchy wrote a book about a gay American beach resort, this would be it.. This is the story of Cozzi Cove and the escapades of the residents during one hot summer week. While I loved the premise of this story, I wasn’t completely charmed by the execution.
The cast is quirky. While this is a fun summer beach read, there are some very serious moments. Some of the stories are heart wrenching, others are moving and a few are just silly. I bristled at some of the cliches and felt that some of the attitudes and language felt quite dated. I have to wonder how old the author is because I’m not sure how many Millennial readers would even recognise some of the antiquated gay stereotypes present in this book.
This is very much a “telling” not “showing” style of writing and I found the slightly camp, at times slightly bitchy narration grating. While I connected with several of the characters’ stories, none of the characters ever felt very three dimensional to me.
There is a little bit of sex in this story, and the antiquated language makes some of the descriptions brilliantly amusing.
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s awards for best mystery novel, best humorous novel, and best contemporary novel of 2015. He is the author of the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, and China Doll (The Wild Rose Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and the upcoming Drama Cruise (Lethe Press); the Cozzi Cove beach series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back and Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (NineStar Press); and the romance novellas: In My Heart anthology (An Infatuation & A Shooting Star), A Home for the Holidays, and The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press). As an actor, he has appeared in principal roles in film, television, and theatre opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.