Summary

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 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.
©2015 Joe Cosentino (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-01-17

A fun holiday romance

Review by Shee Reader for Boy Meets Boy Reviews

Rating 4 Hearts

Our story opens with Bobby McGrath having a hilarious conversation with his mother on the telephone. Bobby, a law student, is about to embark on a trip to meet his Italian relatives for Christmas.

He arrives after a long trip on the island of Capri, to see the amazing villa and the extended family surrounded by amazing views, none more gorgeous than Bobby’s cousin Paolo Mascobello. Paolo is charged with acting the tour guide to the visiting American and a relationship develops quickly.
Paolo is a man with hidden depths and Bobby is soon entranced, and gifts Paolo with his virginity.

The characterisation is nicely done, the descriptions of the beautiful island had me feeling like I was there with the two lovely men. The dialogue is well written, engaging and is frequently funny. I liked Bobby from the outset, and Paolo quickly grew on me. Their chemistry is hot and the friendship that develops is lovely. Bobby sees something in Paolo that his family sneers at - his talent, and it’s just the thing Bobby needs to try to persuade Paolo to come home with him.

The Narration is very good, great characterisation and a beautiful italian accent I really enjoyed listening to. That said, it was a little scary that Joel Lesley’s “Bobby’s mom” voice sounded scarily like my jewish auntie from Philly!

The ending is sweet, and a little surprising. My favourite bit being Bobby suspecting the mother’s cooked up the whole thing to get the two men to meet!

I’d highly recommend this sweet little Christmas tale of love and beauty.

A free copy of the audio book was provided in return for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MaryD on 07-12-16

Warm and sexy holiday treat

This was a short and sweet Christmas romance made all the more enjoyable by the description of Capri. The way Joe has written the romance and Joel's narration is so well done you can close your eyes and picture it all. Bobby and Paulo's romance is sweet but not too much and leaves you with a positive feeling for their future.

Joel Leslie's narration is perfect. He brings out the emotions in the narrative so well that it enhances the story, especially with his sexy Paulo voice. Not to mention his skill bringing secondary characters to the front, overall made it perfect to listen to.

Great to listen to any time of year. I recommend treating yourself to this story.

A copy was given to me by the narrator for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Riva on 02-12-16

Short and sweet

3.5 rounded up for great narration.

This is a very short and sweet listen. There is a little angst and due to its length, a little insta love, but I enjoyed the audiobook version. Joel Leslie's accents and characterizations really kept me engaged in Bobbi and Paolo's courtship. Even the HFN ending felt satisfying and I would look forward to hearing whether their potential relationship works out.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 15-12-16

Short, funny, sweet - great for a snowy day!

If you are in the mood for a very sweet, sometimes very silly and highly “stereotypical” Italian vacation romance – over Christmas! – this is for you!

Bobby is a very dutiful law student and a good son. He goes to visit the distant family where he finds and eventually falls for Paolo a third cousin (or something like that) who acts as his guide around the island of Capri.

Paolo’s family is hysterical – the grandmother perpetually on her death bed, the mobster, the doting mother, the gregarious father, the self-centered cousins, and on and on.

Besides letting his family down for not marrying a good Italian girl, Paolo designs clothes. With the help from Bobby, he may be able to turn his life around and stay with the love of his life in America!

**

The romance here is pretty unbelievable. It’s pretty much a case of insta-love with not much relationship building. (It’s slightly disconcerting that Paolo calls Bobby “cousin” all the time, as well.) However – the narration that Joel Leslie provides makes this rather tepid romance really shine. He’s funny and gives each character so much pizzazz that it’s quite entertaining. Bobby’s mother (“I only labored intensively for 18 hours for you”), Nona (“I hope I’m still alive when you come back”), and the Mafioso (“I have a package for you to deliver”) are all hysterical and Joel’s delivery absolutely makes this.

If I’d been reading this I think I’d have been rolling my eyes a lot and wouldn’t have found it nearly as charming as I did listening to it.

It’s a short, funny, sweet story that is just a hoot!

Recommended for a couple of hours of sweet laughter on a snowy day.

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