- Finding Giorgio, by Joe Cosentino
Finding Giorgio, by Joe CosentinoHot
If there's one thing Joe excels at, it's spinning a good story, with an emotional heart. Finding Giorgio is a romance story tucked within a romance story. It's heart, warmth and excitement as two young men come together thanks to their Elder Friend, Nolan, to help solve the mystery of his lost first love. The one who got away, Giorgio, is a mystery at every turn. Hard to find, with a sad and troubled life the pair must unravel to find the secret to his current location, in hopes of reuniting Giorgio with Nolan.
The romance between Jamison and Theo was pretty insta-love, too. Due to how short the story was, and the progression of the relationship throughout, it was well paced for the length of the book. You could see the chemistry building, and I appreciated that, while they'd both been hurt before, Theo was much more vulnerable than Jamison. More hesitant to believe that this was the one time it would work out. Though it still felt too fast, for Theo's hang-ups and his need to take it slow, it fitted the pacing of the short novella style find.
Personally, I have to commend Joe for placing a positive light on nursing homes. My mum is a care nurse in a nursing home for people with dementia, and I've grown up around the nursing home my entire life. I've also been a volunteer in a nursing home, so I've seen it as an insider and an outsider. I've seen the good, the bad, the deterioration, and the care that goes into taking care of the elderly, and I loved how Joe showed the truth of it. The banter between nurses and patients is real (though the sexual jokes, and patients faking their deaths may be an exaggeration, I've definitely seen the latter) and I appreciate and applaud Joe for showed it honestly.
The story deals with some heavy themes, but Joe is no stranger to tugging on the heart strings. When the Cozzi Cove series ended, I was afraid there would be a huge gap in my romantic comedy, with heartfelt moments, bookshelf. However, Found at Last has just made the promise to be everything I've been missing since Cozzi Cove ended, and I couldn't be happier.
Giorgio and Nolan led the romantic but realistic gay version of Dirty Dancing in the 60's, and then managed to give it a positive, heartfelt and realistic ending in the modern-day, through Theo and Jamison. As with nearly every book I've read of Joe Cosentino's, I cried at the end and wasn't ready for it to be over.
Finding Giorgio is the first in a new series that will grab you by the heart, squeeze out those tears, and leave you heaving a satisfied sigh as you turn that last page. Wrung out, emotionally drained, but smiling and relieved that another well-deserved happy ending has been found.