ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
The more stories I read by Joe Cosentino, the more I come to love his easy going, laid back style of storytelling. It’s almost like you can imagine kicking back, perhaps with a cocktail, listening to him relay the important events and details with a smirk and the occasional chuckle. It’s this kind of intimate, almost conspiratorial storytelling that draws me in and puts me at ease with the characters and setting, allowing me to settle in and enjoy the ride.
A Home for the Holidays isn’t your typical holiday romance. I wouldn’t even go so far as to say it’s your typical m/m holiday romance. I mean sure there’s a lonely guy who wishes for more and eventually finds exactly what he’s looking for, but Cosentino gives that trope a definite edge by selecting a fast pace and keeping it in the family. If you’re one who tends to shy away from distant relatives becoming involved, this story may not be for you. Otherwise it’s the sweet story of connecting with distant family and perhaps finding the “home” you’ve been searching for.
RATING: ONE SNEAKER, ONE BAD ASS BOOT