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Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings

by Christopher Verleger
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Saturday Apr 1, 2017
Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings

Spring has definitely sprung, which means romance is back in style, and there's no better example of that than Joe Cosentino's "Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings," his fourth novel in the exotic Cozzi Cove series, where relationships start, end, flourish and falter among the walls of seven guest house bungalows.

Cal Cozzi, owner of Cozzi Cove, owns and runs a gay guest house along the Jersey Shore in the town of Cozzi, named after his family's ancestry. He and his young husband, Michael, an aspiring photographer, are about to become parents, thanks to Carla, a restaurant owner and the very pregnant, high-strung wife of Cal's jet-setting sister, Taylor.

The author touches upon both Cal and Michael's back stories, the subjects of previous novels in the series, and this arousing novel, fittingly titled "New Beginnings," invites those visiting "Cozzi Cove" for the first time to witness an exciting new chapter in their lives.

The colorful cast of characters includes the openly gay, yet devoutly religious and narcoleptic, houseboy Billy Dean, the Cove's newest employee; Jonathan, a number cruncher and horror fan in town for a convention; Nijad, a bisexual male looking for love; and Malcolm, a renowned magazine editor who knew Cal as a youngster when he worked for his dad.

Tired of schlepping drinks at a nearby bar, Michael introduces himself to Malcolm for career advice and possible job opportunities. When the flirtatious Malcolm agrees to look at his work, Cal advises his husband to keep his guard up, which makes an already insecure Michael doubt whether Cal thinks he has any talent.

Nijad becomes acquainted with fellow guest, Andrew, who is serendipitously traveling with his equally attractive sister, Annabel. After having the opportunity to spend time alone with both of them, Nijad finds himself in uncharted territory, uncertain whether it is the brother or sister he would like to get to know better.

Meanwhile, Billy Dean befriends a couple, Jesus and John (yes, those are their actual names), guests who arouse thoughts and desires he didn't think he was capable of feeling. The same holds true for Jonathan's fast friendship with Vlad, a middle-aged actor and faux vampire from the convention.

There is plenty to feast upon within each sudsy storyline, including intrigue, deception, desire, romance, and sex -- lots of sex. As the pages turn quickly and events unfold, the ensuing antics are irresistibly entertaining, but more importantly the characters are likeable and deserve our genuine interest and concern as some of their relationships are put to the test.

"New Beginnings" is clearly just that -- the beginning -- for Cal and Michael, and this highly engaging, enjoyable novel examines both their past and present history as proof that they were destined to be together. If that sounds cryptic and complex, you'll just have to get your own copy to find out.

"Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings"
Joe Cosentino
NineStar Press

A native New Yorker who called New England home for almost three decades, Chris is an aspiring author who now lives in sunny Florida. Email him at cwverleger1971@yahoo.com


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