Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings

by Joe Cosentino

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Cozzi Cove, Book 4

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.

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Book Info

Author: Joe Cosentino

Series: Cozzi Cove

Release Date: March 27, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-945952-77-7

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: Romance

Genre: Contemporary

Word Count: 55600*

Pages: 174

Sex Content: Explicit

Pairing: MM

Orientation: Gay

Identity: Cisgender

*Novel

Excerpt

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.

“I’m hungry.”

“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.”

“How?”

“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.”

“Your degree?”

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.

6 reviews for Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings

  1. 4 out of 5

    REVIEW BY: Annie at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter

    This standalone edition in the Cozzi Cove series follows five bonds, each unlikely in its own way.

    Like a soap opera, Cosentino checks sequentially on different bonds, whetting readers’ appetite for the next installment.

    If you want a summer themed read to take a nasty taste from your mouth, go to Cosentino’s romance amusement park.

    Read Full Review at Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter
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  2. 5 out of 5

    “Joe Cosentino gets full kudos for giving every character their own specialness that made such entertaining and somewhat gut-busting reading, so remember the hankies when reading to mop up the tears of laughter, as they come in quick succession….I’ll always check in with Joe Cosentino, he is the “thinking author” of sexy fun, memorable characters and creativity, where hope can become reality.”
    Three Books Over the Rainbow

    “No one writes like Joe Cosentino, and no book of his is less than a five-star journey into farce, laughter and fabulously original characters and HEA’s. Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, like all of this author’s body of work is surprising, beautifully written and giggle-snort wonderful. Highly recommended.”
    Divine Magazine

    “I thoroughly enjoyed this outing to Cozzi Cove, as I have the previous ones. If you want characters that win your heart and make you laugh and cry and endings that leave you feeling really satisfied, then these books are definitely for you.”
    OptimuMM Book Reviews

    “Once you start reading, you won’t want to quit. Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings is a very heartfelt story. Joe Cosentino writes such heartfelt characters with sweet, sometimes angsty, always hot, storylines….If you are looking for a hot, steamy book, with interesting characters, charm, humor, even a vampire, and some hot man-sex you will love this book.”
    TTC Reviews

    “It is funny to see what guests Mr. Cosentino can conjour up – and fascinating to watch them in the context of the Cozzi family dramas happening in bungalow one. This group has a very interesting mix – and now that Connor has found true love, we have a new houseboy too….This is a soap opera like series, which it is impossible not to enjoy.”
    Wicked Reads

    “I love this series, every book brings us new residents, exciting stories and this time a new generation of the Cozzi line is born.”
    Books Laid Bare Boys

    “if you want a summer themed read to take a nasty taste from your mouth, go to Cosentino’s romance amusement park, and let him spin you some sugar with Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings.”
    Kimmer’s Erotic Book Banter

  3. 5 out of 5

    “Love is love. It’s rare and precious. If it’s real, you’ll know when you have it. And
    If you do, you won’t want to let it go” – Joe Cosentino, 2017.

    Part of my anticipation in reading the Cozzi Cove Series is finding out who’s checking in on the Guest List this season and their baggage that they are bringing with them – and I’m not talking suitcases here……

    Each guest that checks into one of the Cozzi Cove bungalows has a story to tell, some hilariously funny, some sad but in the very capable hands of this author, we know it’s going to be another memorable season.

    We were given a quick catch up with the Cozzi’s themselves – Cal and Michael have been married a year now, as have George and Aaron and Taylor and Carla with the Hot-Off-The-Press news that Carla is heavily pregnant with Cal and Michael’s baby after offering to be a Surrogate for them. My trolley-dolly Connor has been replaced by Billy Dean Boyd, he is studying theatre but spouts his Grampa’s expressions with such a fluency that I was left with that 24 carat feeling which made great reading, I think my favourite being “I’m dryer than a tree bribing a dog” but it’s a hard decision because they are all such little gems.

    So who were our Guests this season? Well, we had a Travel Agent, Flight Attendants, a Tax Auditor, a senior Editor of a very famous magazine, Jesus and his disciple John (yep, you read that right) and let’s not forget the unforgettable method actor, Count Dracula….

    As you can see, quite a bunch of somewhat oddball, quirky but definitely interesting group of Guests. And Joe Cosentino gets full kudos for giving every character their own specialness that made such entertaining and somewhat gut-busting reading, so remember the hankies when reading to mop up the tears of laughter, as they come in quick succession!

    For me, this Series is about love, finding yourself and most of all acceptance. The author always subtly infuses a moral message into his stories and this one was no exception, a wake up call to remind us that though someone may be different, it doesn’t make them a lesser person and being different should be embraced, not disgraced or shamed, but accepted for whom they are.

    I’ll always check in with Joe Cosentino, he is the “thinking author” of sexy fun, memorable characters and creativity, where hope can become reality.
    Five big fat stars from me.
    ****I voluntary reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of the book****
    Threebooksovertherainbow.wordpress.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cover – Gorgeous!
    POV – 3rd person, multi-POV
    Would I read it again – Yes!
    Genre – LGBT, Contemporary, Romance

    ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
    Reviewed for Divine Magazine

    Warning: obsessions with vampires, past child abuse and mental health issues ahead.

    Cozzi Cove has been one of my favourite contemporary series since book one. Since then, I’ve never hesitated to jump at the first opportunity to read each book. I don’t even need to see a cover or read a blurb anymore. If it’s Cozzi Cove, I know I’m going to love it. This one is no exception.

    With a new cast of characters, the Cozzi Cove bungalows are brought to life again. Dealing with hope, love, family and so much, these characters once again delve deeper than the surface, to deal with subjects that would be heavy and depressive in the hands of another author. At Cozzi Cove, issues such as identity, family, cheating, integrity and hate crimes arise in loveable, relateable characters, in a way that makes us readers self-reflect and feel compassion. Cosentino is an author not afraid to confront the darker and sadder realities of life within a sweet romantic setting with some complex characters.

    It was great to see some of the old ‘regular’ cast back. Michael was just as sweet, innocent and naïve as ever and I really worried about him, because of that. At the same time, I knew how much Cal loves him and that that would never change, so he had that stable support system already in place. But he’s tender hearted and still questions his place in Cal’s life, which makes total sense considering their history and how quickly they fell in love. It’s just great to see that he and Cal, as ever, are able to talk about the difficult things and be mature about it, even if they can’t always agree.

    Similarly, Billy Dean was a great new addition to the series. He’s sweet and similar to Michael in some ways; all ripe to have his heart broken. Then his two angels stepped in and I couldn’t have been happier. Billy Dean deserves happiness. I loved his spark, his charm and his small town boy charisma and mannerisms, but I also loved that he could be serious and thoughtful too. I loved the way that he interacted with Jesus and John, how he appreciated the little things and helped when Jesus was struggling.

    Nijad, Andrew and Annabelle were an interesting mix and I loved seeing how it all played out, with both Nijad and Andrew being open about their feelings, even if it took some time. They might have been one of those instant attractions that happen at Cozzi Cove, but they took their time and it made sense when misunderstandings occurred because of how little they knew about each other so far.

    Jonathan was a riot! I loved him for his humour, his joy for life (or rather, death) and his obsession with vampires. I totally agree with him about the homoeroticism of Dracula and I’ve always said so. Renfield and Barnabas were really cute too. I loved that Vlad wasn’t so much mysterious but totally transparent about his non-belief in vampires and such, but that he didn’t try to dim Jonathan’s enthusiasm over it too much.

    Malcolm Wolf really is a wolf and that’s all I’m going to say.

    ~

    Overall, there’s so much I want to say but can’t because it would spoil everything. Just read it. From the sweetness of Billy Dean, to the surprises of Calvin Cozzi I’s journal, to the cheekiness of Jonathan and Annabelle, there’s something for everyone at Cozzi Cove.

    And if you don’t come for the romance, come for the food! This book made me hungry. At Cozzi Cove, there’s fun, sun, sand, laughter and love. All you have to do is book your bungalow to find it.

    ~

    Favourite Quote

    “When the heroines in those old movies wore garlic necklaces and carried wooden stakes, I always thought, ‘What’s wrong with you, honey?’ If a handsome man with slicked back blacked hair, broad shoulders, and a flowing cape had wanted to suck on my neck, I’d have declared it open season for a transfusion.”

    “Jonathan served Vlad a glass of wine.
    Vlad took a sip. “Are you trying to get me drunk and have your way with me?”
    “Yes, I do that with all the sexually questioning vampires I entertain.””

  5. 5 out of 5

    Edge Media Network Review of 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
    https://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-new-beginnings/
    Chris Verleger is an avid reader, aspiring novelist and self-professed theater geek from Providence. Email cwverleger1971@yahoo.com.

    http://goo.gl/EisJ4T

  6. 5 out of 5

    “The writer has a flare for creating the juiciest plots, unexpected twists, and a romance that sizzles with passion. The heat is amazing…I have read many gay fictional pieces, but none of them have as much life to them as Joe Cosentino’s Cozzi Cove Series and Nicky and Noah Series. It’s like Joe pours his whole heart, soul, and mind into each character, scene, and plot. I feel an array of emotions from the pages that hit me hard and good….Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings is a definite must read. I know without a doubt that readers worldwide will fall in love with this book as much as I have. Overall, I highly recommend it.”
    Urban Book Reviews, 5-star review, http://wp.me/p4n3Np-5FS

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