Reviewed by Jenna
TITLE: A Shooting Star
SERIES: In My Heart #2
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 98 Pages
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.
A give this book a spectacular, tear jerking 5 stars. A Shooting Star is a love story between two students attending college for acting. When Jonathan arrives at his dorm room, he is greeted by his outgoing and beautiful roommate, David, who is a senior at the school. When they’re not in class, David takes Johnathan hitchhike to get around town. David has a way with people and the advice he gives them brightens their lives. I had tears in my eyes while seeing one person after another find happiness after their encounter with the two boys. Though some people in their acting program talk down about David, and call him flashy or fake, Jonathan bears witness to David’s kindness and the overwhelmingly positive effect he has on people. Johnathan knows David is far from being fake, and he falls in love with the David that others rarely see.
However, David has a secret that slowly comes to light. David bears the guilt of the crime of being born which gave his mother’s health a turn for the worst. David does his best to help his family financially, and helps other people by making their lives brighter, but he is powerless to help himself. Though Jonathan tries to love him, David’s damage runs too deep.
I really can’t even write this review without tearing up. This book is unbelievably beautiful and heartbreaking. At times I was filled with joy and at times sadness. I felt so bad for David. I wanted someone to tell him that he didn’t have to define himself by how his family treated him. He tried so hard and denied himself love just to pay a debt he felt he owed to his family. This book is truly a masterpiece and I can’t wait to read more from Joe Cosentino. I recommend A Shooting Star to anyone who loves bittersweet and emotional M/M Romance.