Guest Post: Joe Cosentino with Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings!


A Tour of Cozzi Cove
For the release of Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings, the fifth novel in the Cozzi Cove series
by Joe Cosentino

For those of you who have visited Cozzi Cove in one of the first four novels, you know it is a gay resort on a beautiful cove at the New Jersey Shore. It’s also a magical place where nothing is what it seems, and romance is always in the sea air. As managed by ex-professional football player, Cal Cozzi, the seven bungalows house sizzling, captivating, and always surprising stories each summer.

What does the town of Cozzi Cove, built by Cal’s great-grandfather and his secret male lover, look like? Since I spent my summers as a kid at the New Jersey Shore in my aunt and uncle’s bungalow, my wild imagination has met up with my sweet memories to create the town. The cove is a gorgeous bay of turquoise water shielded by large rocks in the distance and smaller rocks near the water’s edge. A clear azure sky protects the crystal blue water tickling the white sandy beach. Each bungalow features a front porch, living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, outdoor shower, hot tub (a favorite spot for romantic encounters), and back patio. The bungalows are appointed with white wicker furnishings housing overstuffed floral-designed cushions. Every room offers a nautical themed décor. The main beach is a mile away, where white foamy waves crash against the jagged rocks, and seagulls make melodious music in the salty air. The downtown area features an old-fashioned diner, miniature golf center, trampoline emporium, salt water taffy shop, Cozzi Cove gym, Carla’s Seafood Restaurant, and Tommy’s Bar. Each of the novels incorporates the locations into the interconnected stories full of humor, love, loss, mystery, romance, and plenty of surprises.

The first novel, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, won a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention and TBR Pile Book of the Month. The other three novels, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, continued generating accolades. The captivating stories of Cal, his family, friends, and summer renters made the series quite popular, and caused fans to beg for another Cozzi Cove novel. Desperate to take another trip to Cozzi Cove, I was happy to oblige.

Now in book five, Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings, hunky Cal Cozzi is thirty-four years old. He and his husband Michael enjoy sharing the cove with their one-year old son. When Cal worries about their financial future, Kevin Donovan, who Cal had a crush on in high school, appears at Cozzi Cove offering to buy the resort for a hefty fee. Of course, Cal’s top one-percenter sister, Taylor, is ready to rejoice. However, Michael does some investigating and finds out Kevin’s offer isn’t exactly what it seems. Cal hires a new houseboy and nanny and romantic sparks fly between them. Carlos is an exhibitionist who believes he is the reincarnation of Adam, the first man. Alfred has Mormon paraphernalia is his bureau. However, this is Cozzi Cove. Nothing is what meets the eye. A professional matchmaker, Gilead, checks in with his clients: Marine Master Sergeant Matt Pummel, young businessman from Hawaii Keone Paoa, and young writer Luis Lui. Two matches are made, but who ends up with whom will surprise you. Nyx believes he was abducted by aliens in the woods. When he meets Kurt, who believes he is a sexy werewolf, the two share many tantalizing moonlit nights leading to a shocking climax. Will each couple staying at Cozzi Cove have a HEA? Of course! This is Cozzi Cove.

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So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head back to Cozzi Cove. Cal Cozzi has a bungalow waiting just for you. I hope to see you there!

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, aren’t convinced, sensing 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.

Praise for the COZZI COVE series:

“I loved this story. It carries you through the full range of emotions, from joy to sadness, from happiness to anger. The characters are beautifully written…I look forward to a return visit to the Cove.” TBR Pile Book of the Month

“In true Joe Cosentino style, this book is packed full of drama! This cast of characters will have you laughing out loud one minute before ripping your heart out the next.” Joyfully Jay

“Joe Cosentino has the amazing ability to combine heartwarming, feel good moments with droll, sometimes biting humor, along with insights into the frailties and peccadillos of being human….Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back is the very finest in literary fiction with a romance theme, yet it’s more than just that—it’s about human connections and empathy and finding a way out of the fear and inertia faced by so many. It’s also about courage and strength, about respect and coming to terms with all that life has to offer, and it’s about letting go. I loved this book and look forward to the next in the series. This is a highly recommended read, well-deserving of Five Stars.” GGR Reviews

“Who knew that 7 bungalows set surrounding a beautiful cove, could hold so many secrets, love and intrigue?…The humour, whether subtle or not-so-subtle was superb, the timing delivered with perfection, Joe Cosentino is a natural comedian and another reason why I love reading his books. He is also very clever, he weaved moral messages throughout the entire storyline….Great fun entwined with the Cosentino romantic magic that brings his books alive, I loved it.” Three Books Over the Rainbow

“Oh, Cozzi Cove, you are fast becoming a favorite vacation destination with your action and excitement! Joe Cosentino once again wins his way into your heart and soul with this fun, flirtatious romance. Love, laughter and smoldering intimacy await all who dare to venture to the clear blue waters of the Cove.” 3 Chicks After Dark

“Imagine a beautiful getaway where the hot, sexy, and wealthy gay men go…it’s a place where there’s never a dull moment. Every page of this new title brings readers nothing but excitement, intrigue, and an intensity that will burn away the night’s quiet. Most novels offer readers one journey in which readers travel upon, however, readers are brought not one but several journeys that will leave them breathless and hooked. As with all of Joe Cosentino’s novels, humor comes in abundance and fits in perfectly with all of his stunning characters….Joe sweeps his readers into his characters’ lives by creating realistic characters with real issues. The book automatically captures your heart from page one and forever holds it. After reading the story, readers will be begging for the next grand adventure. Funny, heart melting, and swoon worthy, readers will finish reading this in one sitting. I loved reading this riveting tale, and I highly recommend it to readers everywhere.” Urban Book Reviews

“Spending a week in the sun with the permanent and transitory residents of Cozzi Cove makes for a superb, unputdownable, read. There are laugh out loud moments, lots of chuckles, some very heartwarming as well as heart wrenching moments, lots of gorgeous men and women, love, lust and even some tears. Joe Cosentino has a brilliantly unique sense of humour, and a masterful way of writing stories containing farce, larger than life men and women, and often over the top characters you’ll fall in love with. For all that his characters come across as completely relatable and realistic. His books are one of a kind and utterly addictive. I have yet to read a Joe Cosentino book that was less than 5 Stars, and this book is no exception. Do yourself a favour and grab this book with both hands. I guarantee you’ll be very glad you did.” Divine Magazine

“There is plenty to feast upon within each sudsy storyline, including intrigue, deception, desire, romance, and 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. Cozzi Cove: 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.” Edge Media Network

“I adore this series so much. I adore it partly because of the setting, the writing, the romance, but also because each one of the guests at Cozzi Cove has a story beyond their face value….There is so much packed into this book’s short 174 pages and I loved every single one of them!” Alpha Book Club

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino won Divine Magazine’s Readers Poll for Best LGBT Mystery Novel, Best LGBT Humorous Novel, and Best LGBT Contemporary Novel of the Year. He wrote the Cozzi Cove beach series: 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 (NineStar Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Favorite), Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective, Drama Fraternity; the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), the Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories: A Home for the Holidays and The Perfect Gift, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland; 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. Joe was voted 2nd Place Favorite LGBT Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards! Upcoming novels and novellas are Drama Castle, Drama Dance, and Drama Faerie, Nicky and Noah mysteries; The First Noel, Bobby and Paolo Holiday Story Book 3 (Dreamspinner Press); and Holiday Tales from Fairyland, Tales from Fairyland Book 2.

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Excerpt of Cozzi Cove: Happy Endings, the fifth Cozzi Cove novel, by Joe Cosentino:
Carlos meant it. “I bet you’ll be a good nurse, Alfred.”
“Thanks. I’ll bet you’ll be a good personal trainer.” He smiled. “Do they have nude gyms?”
“Actually, they do, but my gym will be ‘clothing optional.’ Hopefully I can find a gym near a nude beach or a nudist colony.”
“Is that where you want to live?”
“Yeah. Being a nudist has a lot of benefits.”
“I don’t have to worry about pickpockets or hold out my hand to see if it’s raining.”
They shared a laugh.
“Besides, nudism is in my DNA.”
Alfred replied, “Your parents are nudists?”
“Just around the house.” Carlos slid to the edge of the rock. “Do you believe in past lives?”
Alfred shrugged. “I haven’t really thought about it.”
“You should. Knowing who you were in past lives tells you a lot about yourself. And it might help your patients too.”
Alfred perked up. “Do you remember your past lives?”
Carlos nodded. “Thanks to my cousin in Brooklyn. She’s a hypnotist.”
“She hypnotized you?”
Carlos nodded again.
“By having me take rhythmed deep breaths and stare at a focal point. Then she asked me a bunch of questions and told me to verbalize whatever thoughts or images I saw in front of me.”
“What came out?”
“Nudism. So she took me back to uncover, no pun intended, where it all started.”
“Who were you, Lady Godiva?”
“My earliest reincarnation was Adam.”
“From the Bible?”
“Right. I had a blast running around the Garden of Eden in the buff.”
Alfred giggled.
“I’m serious. In my next life, I was Noah.”
“With the ark?”
“Ugh huh. How do you think I got all those people and animals to follow me inside?”
“You were the first streaker.”
They laughed.
Carlos continued matter-of-factly, “I was also Moses.” He winked. “Being well-endowed helped me part the Red Sea. Then I was John the Baptist. Tossing off my camel’s hair coat and walking naked into the Jordan River was how I attracted that big crowd. When they saw my body, they couldn’t wait for me to baptize them.” He tented his fingers. “I was also Plato. I had lots of fun running around naked at the Academy of Athens with Socrates and Aristotle. Oh, and my dick got caught in the wires when I invented the telephone.”
“You were Alexander Graham Bell?”
Carlos nodded. “And Benjamin Franklin. Feeling electricity running through my naked body under that kite was an intense experience.”
“Who was your last incarnation?”
“Richard Nixon.” He imitated the ex-president. “I am not a crook. I am a nudist.”
Alfred guffawed. “Interesting how your past incarnations were all famous people.”
“That’s because I’m special.” Carlos winked at him. “You seem pretty special too, Alfred. Hey, you should make an appointment with Carmelita to find out about your past lives.”
“I have enough trouble focusing on this life.”

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