A Shooting Star, The second novella in (In My Heart Series) by Joe Cosentino
Meet the Author
Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation and A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), 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 A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press short stories novella), Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery (Wild Rose Press), and Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press).
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Title: A Shooting Star
Series: In My Heart Series - 2
Author: Joe Cosentino
Genre: Contemporary/Gay Romance/Fiction
Length: 98 Pages (Novella)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Heat Level: Low
On the eve of the best night of his life, winning an Academy Award, Jonathan Bello thinks back to his one great love, David Star. Flipping back the pages of time, Jonathan recalls his handsome, muscular, and charismatic college roommate. Since Jonathan was a freshman and David a senior in the Theatre Department, David took Jonathan under his wing and molded him, not only as an actor but as a lover. With every wonderful new adventure, David left his joyful mark on anyone with whom they came in contact, but Jonathan soon uncovered David’s dark past, leading to a shocking event. Undaunted, Jonathan celebrates the captivating man who will always hold a special place in his heart.
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.
When I read Joe Cosentino, I can’t help but think he writes as if he’s acting. And, I mean that as a compliment with the highest praise. He writes from his heart and soul, with emotion, and humor, and worldly knowledge that includes so much wisdom and it’s all intertwined inside his characters.
A Shooting Star is a great short story that shines upon many things. David Star is his stage name but he IS a star to everyone around him, and not just on stage. He is full of wisdom and advice and thrives on helping those less fortunate. He is kind and patient and has so much love to share yet underneath his façade is a boy who has been hurt and continues to be hurt by those who should have loved him most.
Johnny Falobella is in his freshmen year at college and he longs to be an actor. His roommate, David, a senior, is high on life and unlike anyone he has ever met before. He quickly falls in love with David, or maybe just the exuberance that is a part of David, but unfortunately, David cannot allow himself to love him back. Or, at least, in the way Johnny would like.
David is an enigma. He does his own cooking, eats on fine china, has the best wardrobes, but he is living a secret life outside of the drama acting and his dorm room. Who is the real David Star?
The one we see has taken Johnny, aka Jonathan Bella, thanks to David, under his wing - teaching him through real life existence - how to become a better actor. He watches everyone around him and pulls from those emotions and actions to be the best actor on stage.
Barry is also in their drama classes and deep down he has strong affection for Jonathan, but he doesn’t want to be second place in his life. One day Johnny will see Barry's true value and worth and it will be what sustains him.
This short read just shy of 100 pages has so much depth and emotion. You, the reader, just like Johnny will be pulled under the spell of David Star. You will love him just as much as Johnny, but unlike Jonathan, we can see from the outside looking in that David wants and needs love, most of all. He just doesn’t realize he is worthy.
This is a bittersweet love story, so don’t be surprised if you find tears running down your face when a shining and burning star is extinguished too soon. But, as Joe Cosentino proves time and time again, with his wonderful writing and storytelling ability, love will prevail, and you will smile from ear to ear.
As Johnny watches the shooting stars out his window he is surrounded by love. Another beautiful and engaging delight from Mr. Cosentino that I would highly recommend.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the author*
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