A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2) by Joe Cosentino ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

ShootingStarALGTitle: A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2)

Author: Joe Cosentino

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: LC Chase

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/02/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

An In My Heart Novella

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.

My View:

Joe Cosentino certainly knows how to break our hearts. At the same time, he manages to show us that a broken heart isn’t the end of things. No, I am not talking about the ghosts of previous lovers haunting your days. I am talking about the fact that your first love, or perceived first love, may not be quite what you thought it was. I am talking about the ending of one relationship may just be the beginning of another. I am talking about the fact that opening your eyes to what is in front of you may be greater than the love you think you want or lost.

I am not one who loves the bittersweet dreams line from Dreamspinner Press. I want my stories to have a happy ending. I want my main characters to ride off into the sunset together and live long and happy lives. Sadly, real life doesn’t always have happily ever afters. First loves are often just that, first loves. Enduring love doesn’t always come until later. However, that doesn’t make that first love, or first infatuation, any less special or any less important.

That is the situation addressed in A Shooting Star. Jonathon gets his happy ending; it just isn’t with the Star of the story. This tale is one of first love. It is the story of covering pain with bravado. It is the story of two men who had untold impacts on each other’s lives in only a short time. It is about coming out the other end of tragedy a whole person.

We don’t sett how Jonathon gets his HEA, we only know that he does. What we see is a beautiful and tragic story of two friends who dabble in more, but can’t quite get it right. A story of two people who will always be remembered. A story with a few heart-tugging moments, and not just between Jonathon and David.

Cosentino has another winning heartbreaker with A Shooting Star.

Links

A Shooting Star (In My Heart #2) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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