Author: Joe Cosentino
Length: 106 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: 5 Hearts
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
An Infatuation, by Joe Cosentino, is a wonderful story of teenage love that never goes away. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading but I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
Almost from the first page I had a smile on my face. I could picture so clearly the scenes that Joe described as Harold and Mario go from tutor/student to best friends.
Harold was in love with Mario and in his own way Mario loved Harold. From meeting almost daily in Harold’s bedroom studying, to months passing by, an amazing friendship was formed. Of course, it didn’t go as Harold had hoped because Mario was never able to let down his guard and be who he was inside. It broke Harold’s heart that he could not have Mario by his side and it broke mine at the same time. Harold has so much empathy and always holds his head up high no matter what consequences he faces. I wish there were more people like him in the real world.
Now, ten years later, at their high school class reunion, Harold happily married to Stuart, will get some answers and some what-if’s. They enjoy their time catching up but Harold realizes that the happy life he has with Stuart is the life meant for him. He’s extremely happy with his husband and will not do anything to jeopardize their life together.
This is a bittersweet love story but even though some things didn’t go as either had hoped they did manage to have some good times over the years. While the story was full of humor and had me laughing and remembering some of my own times in high school it also had me crying at the injustice of the times.
I would recommend this story to anyone and everyone who loves to read. It will have you smiling from ear to ear, and even though there are some sad moments it still has a happy ever after. Maybe not how you hoped it would be but how it was meant to be. I would definitely read a story written by Joe Cosentino again.
**I was given a copy of this story by the author for an honest review**