- Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings by Joe Cosentino
Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings by Joe CosentinoHot
Our return to the beautiful town of Cossi Cove finds Cal Cozzi and his gorgeous husband Michael living their dream life with one year old son CJ. Finances are tight however and when Cal’s high school friend, and first crush, Kevin returns to the Cove he makes an extremely attractive offer to purchase Cal’s beachfront resort. With thoughts of CJ’s future, and Michael’s work causing him to spend some nights in New York each week, Cal has a big decision to make. Maintain the family legacy of a gay friendly resort or take the money and move to New York. . Cal’s sister is all about the money, encouraging him to sell, but her wife Carla and Michael sense that something is off with Kevin, and his motives may not be what he has implied. With guests arriving for their weeklong stay, Cal will have much to think about
As is typical with Cozzi Cove, and author Joe Cosentino, the guests, and workers, who arrive are so much more than they appear. CJ’s sweet, shy nanny Alfred has some big secrets hidden inside his Mormon underwear, and new houseboy and exhibitionist Carlos would very much like to ‘explore’ them. He has a secret of his own, however, and letting each other in may be fun, but it may also cause one or both of them unexpected pain.
Gilead Shadchan, 45 is a matchmaker extraordinaire purportedly bringing four men together to help them find their perfect match. Former Marine Matt Pummel, 45 is oddly matched with 22 year old Keone Paoa, and Luis Lui, also 22 is informed Gilead’s nephew Elijah will be his match. If he ever arrives. Meanwhile a ‘woodland sprite’ who communes with aliens and has been sent the the Cove to meet his destiny, and a werewolf with a destiny of his own are beginning to believe their destiny’s align, and they may very well be fated mates. Of course anything is possible and nothing is as it seems in this magical place. It’s so much fun to see how the lives of the residents and guests will play out over the course of one week.
Joe Cosentino’s wit, humour, and extraordinary imagination make each Cozzi Cove novel a joy to read. His descriptive writing of even the most simple situations will make you smile in delight, giggle snort and sometimes laugh out loud. No other author I’ve read describes clothing, food, interactions and behaviours with the colour and verve that Joe Cosentino brings to his novels. Every visit to the Cove is unique. Every character is multilayered, fascinating and perfectly integrated into the plot line. Joe skirts the edges of caricature whilst making you fall in love with his utterly unique, somewhat flawed, but highly loveable cast.
I adore this series and can’t recommend this book highly enough.
Cozzi Cove is like that family holiday you took every year, as a kid. You know the staff and they know you; you know you're going to meet great new people as well as other regulars; and you know you're going to have a great time. You'll laugh, you'll happy-cry, you'll sad-cry, and then it will all be over for another and you won't want to go home again.
Series: Cozzi Cove 5
POV: 3rd person, multi-POV
I'm devastated! Whenever there's a new book in a series I follow, I always re-read every previous book. This time, I didn't have time no matter how I reworked my schedule, and I wish I did. I'm homesick for Cozzi Cove. All the way throughout, I wished that I'd had the time to start at book one, binge read right through and finish with this beautiful installment. But, since I didn't have time for that, I know exactly what I'll be binge-reading the minute my schedule is clear. I NEED a revisit to the moment Cal and Michael fell in love.
As always, there is a whole host of amazing new characters visiting Cozzi Cove and giving us a glimpse into their lives, for a week at a time, while they search for something missing in their lives.
The cast of this book are:
All of these characters are special, no matter how strange some of the back stories sound. They all have a purpose. I'll have to admit, I was intrigued by Nyx right from the start, mistrustful of straight-Kevin's motives and touchy-feeliness from page one, and I utterly adored shy Alfred, and the instant friendship Keone and Luis formed. Gilead was a total hoot all throughout, while Matt offered some of that silver fox, older and wiser perspective. And no one...I mean, no one...could have made a bigger entrance than Carlos.
That's just part of the magic that is Cozzi Cove. Love is love. In all shapes, forms, ages, beliefs. Love finds a way to mend hearts, blaze trails, join souls, and make miracles happen.
None of the issues are shoved in your face, in a way that is trying to lecture the reader. They're woven into the storyline, into the characters, into the beliefs of the characters, into conversations, until it's a natural state. Of course a man who owns an LGBT resort would be interested in the current political climate and how it might affect his business. Of course a young man who has dyslexia might be afraid to tell someone in case they were cruel about it. These are things that happen. That everyday people experience.
All of it is managed in a way that is not only natural and that you barely blink twice at because it works, but it's done in a story that flows beautifully, that delivers a message without laying it on thick, that shows you everything you want to know without resorting to telling, with a dash of heat, a spice of laughter, and enough emotions to make you cry.
In a nutshell, it's Cozzi Cove.
“Michael shrugged. “I was pretty conservative when you met me.”