Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back by Joe Cosentino ~ Book Review by Caroline

29168119Title: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back

Author: Joe Cosentino

Publisher: NineStar Press

Cover Artist: Aria Tan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/21/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Fiction

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?

My View:

It’s not often I finish a book and end up completely stumped as to what to say about it. This was the first time reading Joe Cosentino and also a first time for the type of story Cozzi Cove turned out to be.

First of all this story is fun. It’s also full of humour, bad one liners, insta love, crazy situations, memorable yet improbable characters and it all takes place in a kind of fantasy wonderland. Cozzi Cove, or at least the seven bungalow’s that Cal Cozzi owns, are a kind of gay man’s utopia where literally anything happens, no matter how unlikely, and all within your one weeks’ vacation.

It takes a little while to get into the rhythm of the story as it flips through the various characters from each bungalow. For such a small resort there are a lot of characters and they have big personalities alongside their everyday problems, some of which are quite serious. To list a few – there are porn stars, merman and ghosts. There are two men who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown believing their son is straight. There is the owner whose love life is not all it seems. There is death and there is grief. There is undying love after only 2 days. There are men with blue beards and there is so much more. There is mainly humour alongside a few tender moments but everything happens at break neck speed, so much so that if you blink you will miss it.

Most of the characters are likeable, a few of them aren’t but the stories are so combined and constantly evolving that you don’t get much time to dislike anyone before you are moving along – again and again and again.
This story was a trip and ended up being a lot of fun.

Links

Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back on Goodreads
NineStar Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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.

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