Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Spotlight and Review: A Home For The Holidays by Joe Cosentino

Today we shine the spotlight on Joe Cosentino and 

A Home For The Holidays 


Bobby McGrath’s Christmas trip to the beautiful Italian Island of Capri to meet his eccentric, extended family offers stunning views—none more stunning than his third cousin, Paolo Mascobello, a real stocking stuffer. As the two young men embark on a relationship, Bobby, a driven law student, learns to relax and bask under the old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s more to life than a frolic on the beach. For the two to find everlasting amore, Paulo must overcome his fear of commitment and learn to follow his dreams, and Bobby must get his wish for happily ever after.

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Todd's review:

"A Home for the Holidays" is a short story about a boy from Philly whose mother arranges a Christmas break visit with his distant relatives on the island of Capri, Italy.

In the book's 40 pages, there's enough background info provided to get an idea of the two main characters, Bobby, an uptight law student and his Italian third cousin, Paolo, a floundering playboy with a hidden talent for men's fashion design sketches.

The story is very vivid in its description of the island and its food, as Paulo acts as tour guide for his American cousin.

As the boys spend more time together, their attraction grows, then is acted on.

The romantic scenes mostly ended with Paulo running away, but not for the reasons that one would usually expect when the MC's were distant cousins.

As far as the sexy scenes go, those were very abbreviated, so those looking for a sexy read may be left wishing for expanded scenes.

I definitely learned a few things about some Italian mothers and the lengths to which they will go to get what they want, which I found both entertaining and fun to read.

Overall, the book read much more like an international vacation tale than a holiday one, so if the Christmas aspect is important to you, please keep that in mind.

The boys do get their HFN/HEA in the end and it was a cute story, so I'd rate it at around 3.5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. 

About the author:

Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek 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, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming releases in 2016 are The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).


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