On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?
I am honored to have Cal Cozzi, owner of Cozzi Cove, stop by today. He’s so busy with all of his guests it’s great he could find the time. He talks about his favorite vacation and a little bit more about the resort and guests. Read and enjoy!
Hi, Molly Lolly readers. I’m Cal Cozzi, the owner and manager of Cozzi Cove. That’s me on the book cover. Molly asked me to talk about my favorite vacation. That’s easy. When I was a kid I spent my summers at the most amazing place, Cozzi Cove. A cove is formed when softer rocks are worn away by the sun and salty water faster than the harder rocks surrounding them. This creates a bay of turquoise water shielded by large rocks in the distance and smaller rocks near the water’s edge. So Cozzi Cove, like the town of Cozzi, was built by my great-grandfather. It’s a string of seven guest bungalows and my main bungalow on the New Jersey Shore open for the summer. Each bungalow is furnished with hand-carved nautical furnishings, and has an amazing view of the bay and lighthouse in the distance. Sensing my sexual orientation as a boy, my father turned Cozzi Cove into a gay resort. As an adult I dabbled as a professional football player then restaurant owner, but neither was a good fit for me. After my parents died in an automobile accident, I found my calling: managing Cozzi Cove. Just being in this place makes me feel like home. Plus, it’s a romantic and magical place. And I’ll warn you, nothing is what it seems in Cozzi Cove.
Let me tell you about the town of Cozzi. The main beach and boardwalk are only a mile away from Cozzi Cove. The town has a park, Carla’s Seafood Restaurant, Tommy Malone’s bar, a miniature golf course, the trampoline emporium, a diner, and a salt water taffy shop.
I share the main bungalow at Cozzi Cove with Lance, my spouse, who is twenty-four, short, stocky, African American with dark hair and dark eyes and amazing dimples. He grew up poor, and worked hard getting scholarships and maintaining good grades throughout school. As a second grade teacher, Lance is off during the summers, his favorite time of year. This leaves him more time to do what he loves most: be with me. And that makes me happy. Assisting me in running Cozzi Cove is Connor, a college kid with ginger hair, freckles, big muscles, a roving sponge and a roving eye. It takes a lot of energy to keep Connor out of the pants of our guests. I admit I’ve caught him a few times having flings on the cove. My older sister Taylor pops in from time to time from Wall Street, Paris, Rome, or Palm Springs. As a tough as nails top one-percenter, the world revolves around Taylor, which makes her hysterically funny. For some reason she’s really protective of me. Carla Mangione and Tommy Malone are my friends since high school. They run the seafood restaurant and bar respectively. Tommy’s had a thing for me since high school, and Carla’s been infatuated with my sister for many years.
This summer’s guests are an interesting group. I’ve got two brothers/college students who look alike, but couldn’t be more different. Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. They were originally introduced in Joe’s An Infatuation (Second Place in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Best Romance Novel. Kudos, Joe.) and readers asked for more. Also, I have a wealthy older couple, Josh and Greg, who try to play matchmakers for their hunky son Christopher. Player Tim and shy Mark seem to be hitting it off. Oh, a famous porn star, Chuck Caliber, is staying with us, as is a famous romance novelist, Sean Guile, who happens to be a virgin. Computer game designer Arthur is in the end bungalow. He keeps saying he sees a merman in the cove. And we have an unexpected guest when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. Like everybody else in Cozzi Cove, each guest has a secret.
And get ready for next summer when Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward with a whole new set of guests releases on April 18.
As a kid Joe spent his summers with his family at his aunt and uncle’s bungalow on the New Jersey shore. He created Cozzi Cove with that in mind. And I helped him along. Joe loves to hear from readers at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. It gives him a break from talking to me. So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head over to Cozzi Cove. I’ll be waiting with a bungalow for you. I hope to see you there!
As Lance rested in bed and Cal was putting on jeans, sandals, and a canary polo shirt, they heard Connor enter the living room and call out to Cal. After giving Lance a kiss on the cheek, Cal begrudgingly left his lover, shut the front bedroom door after himself, and then met up with Connor, who was standing next to the living room sofa.
Connor said, “It’s good to be back at work.”
“How were your grades at college this year?”
Connor shrugged his muscular shoulders. “Pretty average.”
Cal thought, If average is getting Cs and Ds. “I’m guessing you were quite involved with extracurricular activities.”
“One or two.” He giggled. “Maybe, three.”
Cal had a soft spot for the kid. “You did a nice job preparing the bungalows yesterday.”
“I aim to please.”
Cal thought the nineteen-year-old looked like an American flag in cutoff blue jeans that matched his eyes, a T-shirt and sneakers that matched his red hair, and pale skin with freckles.
“How can I be of service to you today, boss?”
Cal ignored Connor’s obvious double meaning.
“Just the usual routine.” Cal wasn’t immune to Connor’s charm, but Connor was a kid, and Cal was a one-man man. “Carry their luggage into the bungalows when the guests arrive. Turn down beds at four p.m.” He attempted to look sternly at the boy. “… Without you in them.”
“Me come on to a guest?” Connor feigned surprise.
“Yes, you, Connor. This is a vacation resort, not the baths.” Cal moved behind his desk. “After today, make up the rooms late mornings and early afternoons. Leave the sheets and towels in front of the garage for the laundry pickup. And don’t forget to sweep out the parking area.”
Connor saluted. “Aye, aye, Capitán .”
They heard a knock at the front door. Cal shouted, “It’s open.”
“Is this the office?”
“We’re informal here,” Cal explained. He typed into his computer, and then motioned for the young man to join him.
“I’m Mario Ginnetti.” He placed a piece of luggage at his feet. “Is it okay to park in the lot?”
Connor seemed to nearly salivate at Mario’s arms in his violet short-sleeved shirt. “You can park anywhere you like.”
Ignoring Connor, Cal said, “Yes, that’s the lot for the bungalows.” Cal handed Mario a key. “You’re in Bungalow One. I’ve got your credit card, so you’re all set.” He took a map from the topmost desk drawer. “The ocean beach is open to the public and is only minutes away. You can swim, surf, snorkel, or go on a glass-bottom boat there.” He pointed to various black dots on the map. “You’ll want to get some groceries here. Tommy Malone’s is a good bar, and Carla’s is my favorite seafood restaurant. This place has killer ice cream, which you can work off here at the gym.”
Connor interjected with, “If you need help finding anything, just ask me. I’m a native.”
“Or you can come into the office and ask me.” Cal handed Mario the map and then pointed outside. “The cove is private property. You can sit out there all you like. The bay water is calm and warm. As you can see, the view is amazing.”
Connor added with a grin, “Nude sunbathing is permitted.”
Mario was visibly trying to take it all in.
“Any questions?” asked Cal.
Mario’s dimples appeared. “Will the weather always be this nice?”
“From your lips to the sea gods’ ears.” Cal smiled. “The weather report calls for rain, so that means it’s going to be sunny all week. Connor will take you to your bungalow.”
Connor looked like the wolf meeting Little Red Riding Hood as he took Mario’s luggage. “Follow me, Mario.”
Amazon Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (NineStar Press), Drama Queen and Drama Muscle Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press), An Infatuation, A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll (Whiskey Creek Press) and Porcelain Doll (Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries, 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 Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward (Nine Star Press), Drama Cruise Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), and Satin Doll and China Doll Jana Lane mysteries (Wild Rose Press). Joe was voted 2nd Place for Best MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015!