Review: Joe Cosentino – A Shooting Star

shootingAuthor: Joe Cosentino
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Bittersweet
ISBN:

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary: n 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.
Review: I am the first to admit, I rarely read bittersweet stories. They just make me sad and break my heart and I don’t need that in my everyday life. But this one, I was so curious as to what would happen because of joyful David, I broke my own rule and read this. In a way, I’d say I’m glad I did. Yes, it is a bittersweet story but it is one that still has hope and love.
Jonathan and David are roommates in college, though David is older. Both are actors and have aspirations to be great. David has some serious family issues and maybe because of this, he seems to be, in Jonathan’s words, perhaps “…a sorcerer, a people puppeteer, an angel, a shaman…” because he does try to make things better for people, to “leave his mark” on them. Because he is good at his craft, he teaches Jonathan how to be a better actor, as he also teaches him how to be a lover. David isn’t perfect, for sure. The scene when Jonathan realizes David has sex with a friend, Terrance, has him coming across as heartless and a little shallow, though I guess that’s what David is about. It seemed that as good as David could be to others, he wasn’t that way, in my opinion, to Jonathan for most of it and the bittersweet aspect I felt most was that love is painful.
Let’s be honest – I didn’t warm to David, particularly since I loved Jonathan.  Jonathan has an awesome friend in Barry, who I couldn’t help comparing with David. Barry is loyal, protective and kind. David didn’t come off that way for me. Yes, he definitely had issues in his past and he ultimately shows his care for Jonathan so I could forgive him somewhat for how much he hurt Jonathan.
It is difficult to talk about what happened without spoilers and I don’t want to do that. I will say, I loved the ending and thought it was fitting to Jonathan’s successful story. It is definitely a bittersweet story but it is a love story as well.

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