Books Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back by Joe Cosentino (audio review)
Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back by Joe Cosentino (audio review)
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About the Author
Joe Cosentino was voted favorite LGBT mystery, humorous, and contemporary author of the year by the readers of Divine Magazine for Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press). The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective. He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month), A Home for the Holidays (Bobby and Paolo's Holiday Stories Book 1), and The Perfect Gift (Bobby and Paolo's Holidays Stories Book 2); and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). 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 is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.
January 30, 2018
7 hours 33 minutes
Narrator Chase Johnson
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?
Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.
Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back
Story. 5 stars.
Narration. 5 stars.
Overall. 5 stars.
I first visited Cozzi Cove a little over a year ago when Cozzi Cove : Bouncing Back was first released as an ebook. It was on my reread list, but I had yet to return to this magical place. The discovery that this delightful story is now out in audiobook format gave me a new way to revisit old friends and it was more than I could have hoped for. It’s an entirely different experience listening to a wonderful novel. With the help of superb narration and voice characterisation you can become totally absorbed and just let the magic take you away.
Cal Cozzi has inherited seven bungalows from his deceased father, around a picture perfect cove on the New Jersey shore. It abuts the town of Cozzi Cove, named after his great grandfather, the original founder. Cal, with the support of his husband Lance, has run the resort as a gay friendly getaway for a few years, but things have changed in the last twelve months. Cal has a reckoning coming, and his sister Taylor, and best friend Tommy, are determined to push him in the right direction. An attempted nighttime mugging forces Cal to re-examine his life and leads to changes he never saw coming.
As the occupants arrive, and book into the bungalows, we meet a delightfully varied group of vacationers. Some are looking to make changes in their lives, some are looking for love, some for lust. There are beginnings and endings, love and loss, laughter and tears, coming over the course of the week, and no one, not even Cal, will be the same again.
Mario and Harold are twin brothers and college students who couldn’t be more different. Mario is looking for love and it seems Harold is determined to thwart him at every turn. A one or two night stand is all Harold is up for, and Connor, the maid, is more than willing to meet his, and any and all guests needs! Josh and Greg, are a rich, older married couple determined to be matchmakers for their son, Christopher. Opposites attract as Tim with a secret past, and lust on his mind, meets sweet, shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. Shy, clumsy computer-game designer Arthur can only go out at night due to a skin condition, so what chance does he have to find companionship or love? The appearance of a gorgeous merman, swimming in the cove at night, seems too fantastical to believe, but this magical place might just have plans for Arthur as well.
There were many times I had to tap pause whilst listening to this story; often because I was giggle-snorting at Joe’s wit, double entendres, and absurdist humour. At other times I was moved to tears by the journey of characters I’d come to love. In the hands of Chase Johnson’s narration, Cozzi Cove : Bouncing Back was a unique and wonderful listening experience that I highly recommend.
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