A return to Cozzi Cove finds a new group of vacationers taking up residence in the seven little bungalows. Owner Cal and his lover Michael having a few problems with their relationship. And maid Conner is still hooking up with any man he can. Visiting this time, are ex partners with young lovers in tow. But maybe they aren’t as over each other as them seem. And where does that leave the young lovers? There is the straight guy with his best friend and his friend’s pretend partner. And for the first time ever, a woman is staying in the cove.
This trip to Cozzi Cove is even better than the first. The story has a gentler feel to it. There is still angst, some sadness, some fights, and misunderstandings. Again, the author varied the types of character in this story, from the paid escort to the surprise guest there for Cal. The straight guy and the woman in this story work beautifully, which surprises me but I love their being included here. I love how the relationship between Cal and Michael has this hiccup and yet they work to resolve it.
Beautifully written, the story pulls me in and keeps me in Cozzi Cove. I look forward to my next visit there.
On the New Jersey shores, you will find Cozzi Cove, named after the Cozzi family. There you’ll find married Cal Cozzi caring for seven little bungalows catering to gay men. This is the story of Cal and the group of guests that inhabit the bungalows for a week. You meet Conner,Cal’s “maid” and a big time player. There are the twins Marco and Harold. There’s the married couple of Joel and Greg, visited by their son Chris. You’ll meet Tim and Mark. Also Sean the writer and Chuck the porn star. The last guest is Arthur. And last but not least is Michael. Who will find themselves this week, who will find love and who will lose it?
I loved this story. It carries you through the full range of emotions, from joy to sadness, from happiness to anger. The characters are beautifully written. I can feel for every foible, fault and fear they have. I love most of them, and hate a few. There are a few surprises in the story and a segment where I needed tissues. I see that there is a second story coming, I look forward to a return visit to the Cove.
Nicky and Noah are now an established couple. They live together and work together on the campus at Treemeadow College. This time around, well toned and pumped bodies are dropping dead on campus. Working as an instructor to help with the builders poses, Noah and Nicky are in the middle of the mystery again. As Nicky and Noah set off to solve this murder spree, things are complicated by a visit from Noah’s parents.
Once again I did enjoy this story. It is nice to see the relationship between Nicky and Noah grow. Joe does a great job keeping you guessing about the ‘whodunit' part. But I think the author makes the story a bit over the top, again. It has so much going on with all of the secondary characters. There is a listing of them at the front of the book and it’s over 20 characters long. The speech pattern of a couple of the students is ‘um, like, um, you know’ annoying. As with the first book, there are laugh out loud, completely funny sections. And enough of the mystery and suspense that keeps me reading, even past the annoying student dialogue.
This is an enjoyable story I would recommend. I look forward to the next story when it comes out.
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Nicky is a college drama professor with a crush on an assistant professor, Noah. As bodies start popping up all over, the two of them gravitate towards each other romantically as well as trying to solve the murders. Nicky wants them solved so that Noah can be cleared as a suspect.
The two characters stumble and bumble their way through the mystery. You are kept guessing as to “who done it”. The sex is hot, but not the focus of this story. I feel it is there to further the relationship between the two main characters and it does do that. The couple is cute and I want them to be together. At times it is a little hard to get a real handle on just who Nicky and Noah are. There is a long cast of interesting secondary characters, that add to the overall fun of the story. The story was campy, maybe a little over the top, but a fast paced and fun read. It has so many places where you laugh out loud. The author seems to have taken bits and pieces of from different mystery icons. There parts remind me of different television shows and sleuthing styles from classic detective stories. Maybe sometimes the author tries adding to many different bits.
I look forward to the next book!