A Home for the Holidays (Crabbypatty’s review)

Title: A Home for the Holidays
Author: Joe Cosentino and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.50 stars out of 5

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.

Bobby McGrath receives a wonderful Christmas present – a trip to Capri to visit extended family. It’s a welcome relief from the coldness of Philly – warm days in the sun sightseeing, wonderful meals and gorgeous company – Bobby’s cousin Paolo (not to worry – Paolo is a very distant cousin). The story moves along quickly as Bobby and Paolo fall in insta-love with only a few lightly-described sex scenes. Both in Capri and Philly, there are lots of family members (along with some humorous family dinners and dramas) who attempt to control their children’s lives but in the end love prevails and Bobby and Paolo are on their way to a HEA. On the whole, I liked this light holiday story although the plot was a bit predictable and due to the length of the story, there wasn’t a lot of in-depth communication or relationship building between Bobby and Paolo.

Joel Leslie’s narration was very solid and I really liked his voices for Bobby’s parents as well as the Italian family members. My only niggle was that I didn’t care for Paolo’s voice, but overall the narration was very good.

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Audiobook of A Home for the Holidays provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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