Release Day Review: Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings, by Joe Cosentino
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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Warning: obsessions with vampires, past child abuse and mental health issues ahead.
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.
“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.