TWO 5 stars and 3 stars for Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Cozzi Cove #2) by Joe Cosentino #MM #romance


Title: Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Cozzi Cove #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Cosentino (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 18, 2016 — 231 Pages


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?

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I just finished reading Moving forward book 2 in the series and it was just as good as boom 1 if not a little better.

Michael and Cal are still together but they have hit a bit of a rough patch after a year of being together. Cal is still having some issues with the age difference but in this book Michael starts to feel the difference in their age also.

As like book 1 this one has a set of new guest with new issues to deal with. Some of the guests deal with crushes, other deal with life and how life can throw you a curve ball at each turn, to another having never dealt with the issues from his past, to another having to figure out what is best for him even if it means choosing his boyfriend over his family…. And that is just to state a few.

Once again Joes did an amazing job bringing up everyday issues that people face in his book and having a graceful way of going about the characters figure out their problems and showing them that love could be right around the corner whether it is a new love or a love that is from the past but came back. Joe has an amazing way of writing his books to make you feel the emotions the characters are feeling and he has a way of making you route for all the characters even if he may not be the nicest of people.

Another great book and can’t wait for another book in this series.



Another hot summer week, another set of stories from Cozzi Cove.  And once again, while I enjoyed some of the stories and loved the idea of all the interlocking lives and small dramas, I really didn’t enjoy the writing style or the slightly sneering tone.

Camp writing can be fun and playful without being mean.  At times, this felt really mean.  It is hard to attach emotionally with caricatures and I didn’t feel that many, if any, characters developed beyond stock caricatures.

Once again, there are some fun, silly moments and some more moving scenes but this will be the last of the Cozzi Cove books for me.  As far as literary gay seaside escapades go, I’ll stick to Bluewater Bay or Lobster Cove.  



I absolutely love this series and loved all of the romance that happens at Cozzi Cove. You don’t just have one romance you have seven (really eight when you count Cal & Michael). This book was very well written and the romance just really gets to you all told by Joe Cosentino a wonderful writer. In this book you again get everything from first love to established love and even new love to some who strives to end it all. We get to spend the time reading this book and just immerse us into the story. This book also had humor in it and I love an author that can inject humor in just the right places. Joe Cosentino is fast becoming and must read author for me has the books I’ve read so far has not disappointed me. I can’t wait to read more from Cozzi Cove.



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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.


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