by JOE COSENTINO
a novella from Dreamspinner Press
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
“Author Joe Cosentino brought just the right amount of humor, angst and honesty to make this short but sweet coming of age story a success.” MM Good Book Reviews
“Joe Cosentino proves there’s more than one way to a happy ending in An Infatuation, a story of first love and heartbreak delivered in a fresh and funny voice.”
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“Don't miss this one friends, it is a heartfelt story magical in the telling! Thanks Joe for putting your heart on the page for us to savor!”
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“It’s unusual for me to get sucked into a book in the first chapter but it grabbed me early and I read the whole thing in one day”.
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“I recommend this book to anyone reminiscing about that one that got away.”
“I think you will be left breathless with the reality and emotion behind An Infatuation.”
I thought this story was truly unique in the way it was written and not your typical HEA. I absolutely loved Harold, he's a sweet and shy guy who isn't afraid to be himself..ok maybe a little afraid but he is himself and that's what counts. I loved his stammering and his love for Mario, I love the changes he goes through in life and I felt for him when his heart was shattered (Love his family too). Mario, I have a love and not love emotion for. He's sexy, stuck up and obnoxious at times but deep down he just wants for someone to care and love him, he has feelings inside that he's afraid of. I thought the author wrote these two characters perfectly, with getting to know each other, the tentative fooling around and the emotions they both went through in high school, loved their friendship. I enjoyed the going back in time and fast forwarding to the future and the now! The story kept me turning the pages and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was so sad in parts but happy in others, my emotions were all over the place. I love that Harold found what he was looking for in life and in a partner and love that he has his HEA. Great Read! 4-4.5 stars
Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). 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. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).
Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com