Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ARC Review: A Shooting Star by Joe Cosentino


An In My Heart Novella

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 Dreamspinner Press 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.

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A Shooting Star releases on September 2, 2015 from Dreamspinner Press

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What I thought about A Shooting Star

When I started A Shooting Star, I almost didn't keep reading. It felt too 70's-ish and it deals with the world of theater. I wasn't sure that it was going to hold my interest for very long.  But I stayed with it, mostly because the story wasn't very long, and I was curious about this new author I hadn't read before.

The book opens with Jonathan remembering his early days in college theatre, and his mentor and roommate, David Star. This novelette is mostly about David, and how he molded Jonathan's experiences as a young college student. David teaches him about watching people, and quite a bit about kindness, which was what really got my head into this story.  
Jonathan falls hard for David, and David almost reciprocates, but in spite of the time they spend together, their sexual relationship doesn't quite develop the way Jonathan wants it to. The reasons why are gradually revealed and that was when the story really starts getting interesting.  

There are some secondary characters that helped to support the story in Jonathan's friend Barry and a theatre coach that had me smiling and shaking my head. 

The ending was a bit of a shocker, and I liked that about this story too.  So overall, although a little short, it was worth the read. I thought David Star a most interesting character.

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author

Joe Cosentino is the author of An Infatuation (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 Porcelain Doll (the second Jana Lane mystery), Drama Muscle (the second Nicky and Noah mystery), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella).

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