Title: New Beginnings
Author: Joe Cosentino
Series: Cozzi Cove #4
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Release Date: 3/27/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 174
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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?
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. What I enjoy so much about this series is reading about the small details and the backstories and the crappy everyday life things that makes these characters feel so real.
This book was no different. I loved getting updates on Cal and Michael now that they’ve been married for a while and their initial honeymoon stage is starting to wear off (though you can’t really tell). Carla is also staying at Cozzi Cove and is very pregnant, meanwhile Taylor acts like she’s the one carrying the baby.
New Beginnings also introduces a lot of new characters whose backstories ring true to the title. Each one of them is looking for a way to wash off their old selves and start over, in a way. Malcolm Wolf is the editor of a famous magazine and a ghost from Cal’s past who isn’t entirely honest with himself or his own desires. Jonathon is a tax auditor and part-time horror convention vacationer who meets the “straight” Dracula cosplayer, Vlad, at the convention.
Along with all of these new characters, Cosentino somehow still manages to stuff in little details like Cal’s grandma’s diary and the rest of the family history. There’s so much to cover in this book to catch up with the old crew and get to know so many new characters. There is so much packed into this book’s short 174 pages and I loved every single one of them! I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you have read and enjoyed the previous books in this series.
Review Copy of New Beginnings provided by Ninestar Press for an honest review.