Book Reviews

A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 04-December-2015

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

A trip to see relatives in Italy for Christmas is a big change for dedicated law student Bobby, but one he looks forward to. Not having to face his somewhat overbearing mother, being grouped with the kids because he isn’t married, and getting away from all the pressure around his degree has got to be a good thing. Once he meets his third cousin Paolo, Bobby decides it could even be a great thing. ‘A Home for the Holidays’ is as much a coming of age story (for both main characters but in different ways), as it is a romance. The setting on Capri is magnificent, and all the lovely food mentioned had me wishing I were there as well. Whether or not it is Christmas is almost irrelevant, the focus is much more on Bobby and Paolo’s relationship than it is on Christmas. The story is also peppered with stereotypes and prejudice in such an exaggerated way that it sounded funny to me. All in all, I think this is a very entertaining book.

Bobby and Paolo are very different in many ways. Bobby is dedicated to the point of being obsessive about his law degree, doesn’t go out much, and knows what he wants in life. Paolo is an artist who loves designing but calls it a hobby since everyone in the family wants him to join the family business. It’s almost as if he is drifting through life, not daring to go after his dreams. Both young men believe they are too different, and as much as they complement each other while Bobby is in Italy, they don’t believe in a joint future. At that point, and without either of them willing to change, I lost hope as well. Only the “interference” of Paolo’s mother begins to help Bobby understand that is “takes two to tango”, as they say.

If you like stories about opposites that may attract but have a hard time dealing with the reality of being so different, if a beautiful setting and some great Italian food sound like a nice background to a developing romance between two young men, and if you’re looking for a read that is fun, emotional, and all about finding your way in life, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 52 pages/15028 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2015
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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