We have Joe Cosentino stopping by today with his new release Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings from NineStar Press
Welcome back to the romantic and magical place called Cozzi Cove, seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore.
This summer, Cal and his new husband, Michael, along with sister, Taylor, and her wife, Carla, prepare for the first in the next generation of Cozzis. To add to the action: Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary, exposing a shocking surprise; Michael and Taylor weigh new job opportunities that could take them far away from Cozzi Cove; red-letter Christian and new houseboy, Billy Dean, gets his wish when meeting Jesus and John at the cove; summer guest, Nijad, can’t decide which sibling he prefers—Annabel or Andrew; and Jonathan, an occult enthusiast, encounters a sexy vampire.
As usual, nothing is as it seems when romance blossoms once again at Cozzi Cove. What secrets, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold? Find out in Book Four of the Cozzi Cove series.
Title: Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings
Series: Cozzi Cove, book 4
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 27
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Romance, LGBT, gay, romance, contemporary, humor, disability, vacation resort, New Jersey, beach/shore, religion, children
NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-new-beginnings/
Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings
Joe Cosentino © 2017
All Rights Reserved
The sun rose like an erupting volcano filling the sky with shafts of violet, magenta, and gold, which ultimately turned to clear blue. Cal Cozzi stood on the white sand and gazed at the old lighthouse in the distance. At thirty-three, he was in the prime of his life, with thick auburn hair, clear green eyes, and a trim athletic build. Life was good, and as he smiled at the foamy waves teasing the craggy shore, Cal basked in the morning sun and in the beauty of his home.
Cal’s great-grandfather, Calvin Cozzi I, had built the resort at Cozzi Cove and had had a big hand in the development of the town of Cozzi. It had always been home for Cal, and proved to be a solid oasis when as a young man his football and later restaurant careers failed, and nine years ago when his parents died in a car accident. He’d especially felt its comfort when he later lost his husband of five years to cancer. Like the bay water rejuvenated by the golden rays of each sunrise, Cal had put his life back together by managing Cozzi Cove and marrying Michael Rodgers.
Michael, clad in a T-shirt and shorts like Cal, appeared at the front doorway of the main bungalow. His stocky build, caramel-colored skin, exotic eyes, and warm smile still caused Cal’s heart to beat faster.
“Then you’d better make breakfast.” Cal enjoyed playing with Michael.
Michael liked it too. “If you make blueberry buckwheat pancakes, I’ll give you a massage.”
“You massaged something pretty well last night.”
They shared a knowing smile.
Michael said, “I know how to get you inside.”
“The guests will be arriving soon.”
At these words, Cal hurried inside the glass-enclosed porch, scooped the twenty-two-year-old into his arms, squeezed Michael’s bubble butt, and gave him a good morning kiss. Then Cal went through the living room, passing the doorway to their front bedroom, and into the kitchen, glancing through the entrances to the rear bedroom and bathroom on the way. Cal was glad his brother’s renovations of the bungalows had kept his great-grandfather’s layout while expanding the rooms, including cathedral ceilings lined with white pine beams. As he gazed at the white wicker and oak furniture laden with flower-print cushions, Cal was thankful his great-grandfather’s heavy nautical-themed furniture had found a home in a local museum. He smiled proudly at his own additions: the prints on the walls depicting lighthouses, seashells, and rocky beaches.
As usual, Michael leaned on the granite-topped island while Cal made breakfast. “Aren’t you going to put more blueberries in the batter?”
Cal raised the mixing spoon. “Do you want to make these yourself?”
“I prefer to critique.”
Cal mixed the buckwheat flour, buttermilk, egg, honey, coconut oil, and blueberries in a large bowl. “Your college degree is in photojournalism, not the culinary arts.”
“A lot of good it did me.”
Michael nodded and his soft chestnut bedhead fell into place. “Four years of college to be a bartender.”
“You’re only a bartender while Tommy is in New York City.”
“Yeah, and when Tommy comes back from visiting Blue, it’s bartender’s assistant time again for me.”
Cal poured the batter in circular mounds on the warm oiled skillet. “What about that gay magazine?”
“It was one freelance job!”
“Something else will turn up.”
“Tell that to my resume on the web. It’s beginning to feel like a wallflower at a party.”
“It takes time. Photojournalism is a specialty field.”
Michael pouted. That turned Cal on every time. He wrapped his arms around Michael and squeezed him into his chest. After a few wet kisses, Cal said, “You can always help me around Cozzi Cove.”
“I thought you hired a new houseboy when Connor and his husband opened their bed and breakfast in town.”
“I’m interviewing him this morning.” Cal smelled the pancakes starting to burn. He grabbed the spatula and quickly flipped them.
Michael licked his lips. “You flipped me over like that last night.”
“And you loved it.”
They kissed again.
Cal felt Michael’s erection pressing against his own. “I’d better concentrate on these pancakes.” He slapped Michael’s backside. “Instead of these cakes.”
“That’s not what you said last night.”
Cal giggled and served the pancakes. They sat at the white oak kitchen table, feeding each other and intermittently licking maple syrup off each other’s chins.
Just as they were finishing breakfast, Carla Mangione lumbered through the back kitchen door and announced, “If this watermelon doesn’t come out of the patch soon, I’m going to kill someone.”
“Hey, you’re talking about our watermelon!” Cal replied as he got up to help her to the table. He put pancakes on a plate as Michael went to pour juice and milk for her.
“It won’t be soon enough for me.” Carla rubbed her enormous stomach; she was only thirty-five, but these days looked more like fifty-five. “I never knew you could get varicose veins on your stomach.”
“And I’m sure yours are beautiful.” Cal served Carla breakfast, kissed the top of her dark hair, and took a seat across from her at the table.
Carla leaned forward to massage her lower back. “I must be the biggest pregnant woman ever.”
“That’s because you’re carrying our big, beautiful baby,” Michael said, joining them.
After taking a sip of juice, Carla gagged. “Why does everything taste like fish or liverwurst?”
“Maybe our baby is the antichrist,” Cal offered.
Carla took a bite of the pancakes. “What kind of huge genes do you two guys have?”
“Don’t blame us.” Cal put his arm around Michael. “It must have been the egg-donor.”
“She must have donated ostrich eggs.” Carla pushed her plate away.
Michael pushed it back in front of her. “Eat up, honey. You’re having breakfast for two.”
She looked down at her enormous stomach. “Really? Do you think?”
Cal finished his juice. “Whatever happened to, ‘As your dear old friend and sister-in-law, it would be my honor to help you and Michael bring a child into this world. I can’t think of anyone who’d make better parents’?”
“That was before I gained forty pounds and my back started aching constantly—before my breasts swelled up like helium balloons and my ankles expanded faster than a conservative politician’s pocket after meeting with a Super PAC.”
Cal fed her another piece of pancake. “But isn’t it all worth it to bring a new life into the world?”
Carla groaned. “I used to get offended when people said God was a man. Now I’m sure of it. No woman would put another woman through this.”
“Did you do your exercises this morning?” Michael asked.
Carla laughed. “I stopped being able to see my toes weeks ago.”
“Have you been meditating with your crystals?” Michael sounded like a teacher with a lazy student.
“I think I threw them at your pictures when the baby kicked me like a Radio City Rockette. Meanwhile, you two were no doubt going at it last night like a running back and a wide receiver.”
“A tight end, please,” Michael said as he handed Carla her glass of milk.
Review By Janice Birnie
Cozzi Cove : New Beginings is the fourth book in the Cozzi Cove series and its storyline follows on from Stepping Out. It could be read as a standalone but I don’t recommend doing so. The four books in the series allow for in depth character development of the MC’s and you’d be missing so much of their back stories and in jokes that you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Regardless, this series is superb so if you haven’t read the first three you are in for a treat.
Cozzi Cove is a gay friendly resort built by current owner Cal Cozzi’s great-grandfather. The resort has passed from one generation to the next and consists of seven bungalows spread around a beautiful cove on the Jersey Shore. Cal and his husband Michael are permanent residents and the other bungalows are rented out over the summer. The cove is a magical place where love and laughter abound and strangers become friends, and often so much more.
As the season begins we find Cal employing a new houseboy, now that Connor has married and opened a bed and breakfast in town. Enter Billy Dean Boyd, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, muscular specimen of a man. He is a theatre major on a football scholarship and a red letter Christian who has signed a chastity card to remain celebrate until marriage. As a tolerant and accepting gay man it seems he’ll fit right in, and if the magic of the cove makes him question his long term goals, well then it might just be more than a job that he finds. An unexpected visit from Jesus and John may help guide this sweet young man in the right direction.
Nijad Hadad is a 30-year-old, bisexual travel agent who has been unlucky in love. Despite his kind heart, beautiful dark-skin, black-hair, dark-eyes and muscular body, Nijad has yet to meet ‘the one’. At check in he meets Andrew Urban, of a similar age and with a similar history of bad luck in love. Andrew is a beautiful, pale-skinned blue-eyed blonde of slim build and a shy nature. He is staying in the bungalow next to Nijad with his twin sister Annabel and, since she is yet to arrive, he agrees to dinner with his new neighbour. Each man has a secret they are loathe to share, however, and with Annabel’s mischievous interference who knows what can happen in a week at the cove.
Malcolm Wolfe is a rich, successful magazine editor taking a break from the pressures of working on a very high profile magazine. Or so he says. There’s something about this buff, confident, black man that rubs Cal the wrong way. When he discovers their shared history, Cal is concerned by Malcolm’s strong interest in Michael’s talents as a photojournalist. Something doesn’t sit right, particularly when Cal discovers that Malcolm is married to a woman and lives a secret life as a gay man. His motives in helping Michael may not be all they seem.
Jonathan Harper is a middle-aged tax auditor with an obsession with Dracula and all things horror related. He has been extremely unlucky in love with few men willing to support his hobby. Staying at the cove while attending a horror convention Jonathan has a chance meeting with Dracula and it appears all his fantasies have come true.
Vlad Lesti is a straight, middle-aged, struggling actor, staying at the cove while playing Dracula at the horror convention. A chance meeting with Jonathan, whilst in character, leads to an unlikely friendship and attraction. With Jonathan convinced that Vlad is a direct descendant of the ‘real’ Dracula, strange and magical events lead these two lonely men in an unexpected direction.
There is much going on in Cal and Michael’s lives in New Beginnings . Big changes are coming. A visit from Cal’s sister Taylor and the discovery of Cal’s great-grandfathers diary lead to a series of events which will impact all their lives. Can Michael find a job that fits in with the life he and Cal have planned? Will Taylor move closer to home with Carla, or halfway across the world where a lucrative job offer tempts? Will Jesus and John bring more than the Holy Spirit into Billy Dean’s life? Can two sets of lonely men find love and acceptance with each other? What is Malcolm’s real agenda? So many questions and so much intrigue.
With Joe Cosentino’s utterly unique, dry humour, and sense of the absurd, the answers will come amid many giggles and laugh out loud moments. With lines such as “I’m just a guy who fell in love with a man I tried to gay bash”, and “Maybe our baby is the antichrist” said with complete seriousness, you know this is no ordinary author, or story. No one writes like Joe, and no book of his is less than a five star journey into farce, laughter and fabulously original characters and HEA’s. New Beginnings, like all of this author’s body of work, is surprising, beautifully written and giggle-snort wonderful. Highly recommended.
Star Rating: ★★★★★
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About the Author
Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s Readers Poll of 2015 for Best LGBT Mystery Novel, Best LGBT Humorous Novel, and Best LGBT Contemporary Novel. He wrote Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (TBR Pile Book of the Month/Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings in the Cozzi Cove beach series (NineStar Press); Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Favorite), Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, and Drama Luau in the Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press); In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, and Rag Doll Jana Lane mysteries (The Wild Rose Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). 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. Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015!
Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com