Cozzi Cove (Stepping Out)

Title: Cozzi Cove (Stepping Out)
Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 23, 2015
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, starting over, moving on, second chances, new love
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love.

This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship.

What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?

I have read all the books in this series thus far and I have to say this one was definitely my favorite. All of the books have had those that have found love and started their lives again but this one was one of those books that the happily ever. You felt it when the book ended that the people in this book was truly happy and at peace with the decisions and the people they chose to be in their lives.

Honestly I am not sure if there will be other books in this series or not but I will say that if this was the last book in the series then it definitely ended on a happy note and I could definitely tell that all the main characters were settled in their lives.

I love that in this book Connor finally got his story too. In all the other books Connor was nothing but a care free playboy but in this book, Connor definitely met his match and found his other part of his soul. You could feel the connection between Connor and Nastas from the moment that they met but to be honest I was not certain that Connor would get his story. So when he did I was mildly shocked and very happy about it.

George also got to resolve his heartache with Aaron. And I do believe that the heartache and loneliness these two men felt when Aaron left George in the past could have been avoided but I do believe that Aaron and his reasoning for ending things at the time, that Aaron truly beloved that it was for the best at the time. I am just glad that they finally got all the secrets out in the open and was able to rebuild what they had between each other.

Michael and Cal was a no brained as far as couples goes because they have been together in all of he books so far but even still Cal was having problems with moving on from his past with Lance and completely committing to his relationship with Michael. So there is definitely some issues that needed to be resolved there.

Taylor and Carla has been fighting their feelings for each other through this whole series so it was nice to see that they finally got their crap together enough to at least admit how they feel for each other. Now the ball is totally in Taylor’s court on how they proceed in their relationship.

The surprise of the whole book though is Tommy finally finds who he has been looking for and the story behind the love found and lost and then found again definitely blew me away.

As I already stated this was a great read and if it is the end of the series I am glad it ended the way that it did and if not then I look forward to the next book.

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Galley copy of Cozzi Cove (Stepping Out provided by NineStar Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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