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Book Series
Cozzi Cove
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. The other Nicky and Noah mysteries are: Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity. He is also the author of the Cozzi Cove series (NineStar Press): 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 Beginning, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings; 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) followed by Holiday Tales from Fairyland, and the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holiday), The Perfect Gift, The First Noel; 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. 
Publication Date
August 01, 2018
Available Formats
Kindle, Nook, Paperback, ebook
Pages
192
Content Warning
Sexual situations
ISBN
978-1720665014
ASIN
B07DGVLCMX
It’s summertime, the perfect season for another trip to Cozzi Cove: the magical place where nothing is what it seems, and romance is always in the sea air. Welcome back to hunky Cal Cozzi’s seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore. This summer Cal is visited by Kevin Donovan, a handsome man from his past who makes Cal a tempting offer to buy Cozzi Cove and provide financial security to Cal and Michael’s baby. Cal’s Wall Street sister, Taylor, has hopped aboard Kevin’s green wagon. However, Cal’s husband, Michael, and Taylor’s wife, Carla, sense something much deeper in Kevin’s offer than meets the roving eye. Cal’s exhibitionist new houseboy, Carlos, is smitten with Cal’s sweet-faced nanny, Alfred, who carries a shocking secret in his magic Mormon underwear. Middle-aged Matchmaker Gilead has matched guests Marine Master Sergeant Matt Pummel and much younger businessman Keone Paoa to the chagrin of cute young lawyer Luis Lui. As skeletons come out of their closets, the bears and cubs search for their true honey. Woodsy guest Nyx Oberon meets a sexy werewolf at the cove and they share a howling moonlit night. Nyx believes his newfound lover could be part of a much larger plan that would change his life and the world forever. Will Cal, his family, and his guests have happy endings? It’s Cozzi Cove after all.

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A place where magic happens.
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Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings is the fifth book in the Cozzi Cove series. It could be read as a stand-alone but the first four books in this series are wonderful, and knowing the back stories of the permanent residents of this idyllic town on the Jersey Shore makes for a much more enjoyable read. 

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. 

JB
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Just Like Coming Home!
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 ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** 
 Reviewed for Divine Magazine 

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 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 
★★★★★ 
 225 Pages 


 Let's start with the simple stuff: 

 POV: 3rd person, multi-POV 
 Would I read it again? Of course! 
 Genre: LGBT, Contemporary, Romance, Family Saga, May/Dec 
 Pairings: MM 
 Heat Level: ★★★☆☆ 
 Content Warning: deals with mental health, physical illness (e.g. MS, cancer) a historical accidental overdose, dyslexia 


 Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty: 

 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. 


 CHARACTERS 

 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: 
 Cal Cozzi – owner, manager, and proprioter of the Cozzi Cove resort 
 Michael – Cal's husband, journalist/photographer 
 C.J. – Calvin Michael Rodgers Cozzi, their baby son 
 Alfred Castle – a college student who becomes C.J.'s nanny 
 Carlos Araujo – the new, nudist, houseboy 
 Kevin Donovan – not a resident of Cozzi, but a childhood crush of Cal's 
 Gilead Shadchan – a matchmaker, who is taking a holiday with his clients 
 Matt Pummel – matchmaking client, ex-marine 
 Keone Paoa – matchmaking client, young, recently lost his mother 
 Luis Lui – matchmaking client, young, aspiring author 
 Elijah Shadchan – no on-page presence, matchmaking client, Gilead's nephew 
 Kurt Adam – suspected werewolf, environmentalist 
 Nyx Oberon – Wood Sprite (naturist), environmentalist, believes he was abducted by aliens and sent on a mission to save the planet. 

 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. 

 And, through it all, Cal and Michael remained the central storyline. Their decision about Cozzi Cove's future, their worries over their finances, as well as the concerns about their relationship were a constant reminder that this was their series. It always has been. It's about a family, who every summer welcome new members to their happy home, to find them love, happiness, peace. 

 The thing I love most about Cal and Michael's relationship – other than the adorable addition of C.J. – is something that's been consistent since the start. Lance. Cal and Lance were married for five years before Lance died and he is never once forgotten. A book doesn't go by without Cal thinking about him, talking to him, sharing his life with Michael with him. He's as much a part of the family, a part of Cal's life, and a part of Cozzi Cove as Cal is himself. And that is beyond beautiful. 


 PLOT 

 As always, the plot is well balanced between all the characters. Even though Cal and Michael are the main priority of the story, they don't take over in ways that create an imbalance of POV. Everyone gets their equal share, though some take a little longer to show their story than others. 

 I loved that everyone was an individual. In Cozzi Cove, there are no stationary or cardboard cut-out characters used over and over again. Everyone is special and individual. Everyone has a purpose in the plot. Even when they don't realise it, yet. 

 I found it stupidly cute the way that Keone and Luis bonded immediately, only to be gutted that Gilead hadn't matched them with each other. Equally how Matt complained that his match of Keone was 'too young', despite having specified looking for someone younger. More than that, I love that Cosentino shows us – never telling, or having to spell it out – that sometimes a person can look for a certain type of partner, while having no clue that they're looking in the wrong place. Sometimes, what they want in a partner isn't what they need. But Cozzi Cove always manages to figure it out for them. 

 Appearances aren't everything. These guys aren't all washboard stomachs, six packs, and swimwear models. There are some well-used bodies, some overhanging guts, some excess hair issues, and it's perfect. Because real people aren't all the same. And neither are the residents of Cozzi Cove. Just as age is only a number. No one blinks an eyelash at Michael and Cal's age gap, because their love is just so obvious and pure. There's no doubt that they love each other, so what does it matter how old they are? 

 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. 


 WRITING 

 The writing, as always, was utter perfection. In terms of storytelling, there was no useless faffing about, no excessive descriptions or details about scenery or food or how people looked. We knew what we needed and wanted to know, allowing us to sink into the story of these men and their adventures. 

 Was there anything wrong with it? Nope. And, yet again, for an ARC copy, Cosentino proves to be a head above the rest. There was ONE editing issue. The name Michael was used in place of Kevin, once, and nowhere throughout the rest of the book was there a grammar mistake, an editing issue, a spelling error. Nothing. In an ARC. Flawless just doesn't cut it. 

 Cosentio isn't afraid to explore the deeper, real issues of the world. Not only does he explore the argument of Church over State, of the struggle of LGBT people being recognised, served and treated by religious factions, as well as large corporations trying to ensure the suppression of LGBT people, but aside from the political, there are also the deeply personal issues. Such as neglectful parents, failed education, a grown man struggling with dyslexia and the stigma he fears, the real struggle of Americans who have no choice but to work two or three jobs to pay for medical bills for themselves or relatives. Health scares, family with serious disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, and hereditary mental illnesses are all approached in this book. 

 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. 

 ~ 

 Favourite Quotes 

 “Michael shrugged. “I was pretty conservative when you met me.” 
 Cal did a spit take. “You tried to gay bash me in an alley!” 
 “I was having a bad day.”” 

 “I I wasn't altered by the aliens to become the bearer of a child to save the planet, and you aren't a werewolf, maybe I'm not your mate.” 

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