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An Infatuation

(In My Heart #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  84 reviews
With his ten-year high school reunion approaching, Harold wonders whether Mario will be as muscular, sexy, and tantalizing as he remembers. As a teenager, it was love at first sight for Harold while tutoring football star Mario, until homophobia and bullying drove Mario deep into the closet. Now they’re both married men. Mario, a model, is miserable with his producer wife, ...more
ebook, 103 pages
Published February 4th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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☆ Todd
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boy-babble, jocks
What if we'd given love a real shot way back then?

What if he'd have been brave enough to try?

What if he'd never gotten married?

What if *I'd* never gotten married?

This book doesn't actually come right out and ask those questions, but they're on the reader's mind from early on in the book.

The story was not at all the story that I had expected when reading the blurb. What I expected was cheating and deceit, lots of sex and angst, but the story that I read was most definitely not *that*. Which
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, m-m, kindle
I'm not a huge fan of a book told in flashbacks but this one worked. This story completely pulled at my emotions and the characters were perfect, loved them all.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bmbr-reads, 2015
Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.
Thomas P. Murphy


It's a funny thing; it heals, it flies, it can be wasted or treasured. It's too short - or too long -, it's of the moment and the past and the future. But what can time do to infatuation? That one perfect first love? This is what Harold, and his husband, Stuart, wonder when Harold's ten year reunion comes round.

High School, being a teenager, developing from childhood to adulthood and all the emotions and fears and
I admit, I have no idea, at the moment, how to actually review this book. It's certainly different than what I would have expected from just reading the blurb, and even with Todd's amazing review, it took me by surprise. But I'm not sure yet how to review it. I'll give it some thought.

Edited to add:
I really wanted to write an actual review for this book, but I just can't do it without giving anything away. All the things I would love to talk about and rail about would spoil the story and I'm not

*** 5 bittersweet stars!***

You know when one good story consumed you, when in the end, you feel like,
"Okay, I'm crying, this shouldn't be happening, but it should be happened like this".
And all you can do is crying, and telling yourself,
"Hey, it's know what was coming, right?".
And you're just nodded and and cry. Again.
And your head playing a scenario of ... "What if?"
And this book did that.

A not so clever Mario and his smart friend Harold, a high school sweetheart *in the closet*
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Wow! So many feelz for a 100-page book. I really enjoyed this one. It’s told from Harold’s POV in flashbacks to when he was in high school. He was your typical geek pining for Mario, the class president and football star. Very sweet ending, which caused a few tears to fall.

And major props to Hannah for her “It Gets Better” speech, pointing out that for people like Mario and Barbara, high school is their glory days. Their best days. Ever. But for other people, like Harold, he just needs to
BWT (Belen)
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

This review contains mild spoilers.

My grandmother used to say all the time, “The two most useless phrases in all of language are ‘What if’ and ‘If only’, Belen. It’s pointless. If you spend all your time worrying about the Future or focusing on the Past you miss the greatest gift – the Present.”

Told almost entirely in flashbacks to twenty years ago, eighteen years ago, ten years ago, seven years ago, and then returning to the Present, this story has quite a lot of humor and a whole lot
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, Extremely Spot-On,, Read

Please read the book blurb, it will set you up and not give anything away.

This review will point out one thing: Every main character in this book has serious personality issues--Harold, his husband Stuart, his high school pal and lover Mario, and Mario's wife What's-Her-Name (trust me, that's what she is). But the remarkable thing is that Joe Cosentino gives you all the information you need in just about 100 pages to figure out that in New Jersey over the past 20
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book. I wrote an entire off the rails, snot filled, mascara smeared review. And some how it didn't save. Fvck!!!!!!!!

This deserves a real review from me. I'll wait to rewrite once I'm on a pc.
Jeff Erno
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
In many ways this story is the classic jock-nerd trope, but it doesn't lead to the typical love-conquers-all HEA. Definitely not an MM Romance, An Infatuation reads sort of like a sitcom screenplay in that the dialogue is laced with punchy one-liners by very exaggerated characters. The dumb jock, for example, is not just dumb, he's extremely dumb. The nerdy, homely best female friend is over the top in her geekiness. The anally retentive OCD father is so compulsive he plans everything, including ...more
I can't find the words to adequately express how much I cherish this book or how privileged I feel to have had the opportunity to experience the beauty contained within it's pages.

Compelling from the first chapter, this book pulls you in and takes you on a journey that is funny, moving, clever, addictive and sexy as hell.

I don't want to give anything away so I'll only say this: This book is a joy to read and any fan of M/M who doesn't take the opportunity to experience it is doing themselves a

This did not work so much for me. The intent was promising and the dialogue were good. But for me, the plot and delivery were both weak. The author's attempt for Harold to be funny in his narration did not bode for me well. A lot of times, the story felt forced and unnatural. I liked Stuart though and the role that he played in Harold's life. Uh, I guess I only liked Stuart.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Until tomorrow night at midnight (3/6/15) come end enter to win an e-book copy of this book! (psst- we don't have many entries!)
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance
I liked this story. It's like a cautionary tale to self-hating gays. I do feel feel really bad for Mario though. He had elements of the despicable in him but he also had the rough background to explain his actions.
Veronica of V's Reads
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review may contain some *mild* spoilers.

4.5 stars for this non-traditional M/M romance.

Lots of people rail about 3rd person over 1st person narratives. Well this is 1st person, which is my personal preference. But not only is the POV close, it's actually interactive with the reader, obliterating the fourth wall. This has worked for me with other books, and it worked for me here. It is told entirely as if the
Ulysses Dietz
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Prism review of An Infatuation

By Joe Cosentino

3.5 stars

Harold High has his happy ever after.

Say that five times fast.

You must remember that 3 stars means good in my world, so 3.5 is very good. In Joe Cosentino’s “An Infatuation,” I really liked Harold, and his husband Stuart (who, most amusingly, is very like Harold’s father).

What I liked best about this short book is that it is essentially a young adult book written from an adult’s perspective, with an adult’s memories. What we get is Harold’
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So much power in the simplicity of this gem of a novel. Totally blown away by this tale of fear, acceptance, sadness and above all, love. Love between two men who, because of the times, couldn't be together. Who loved each other through the years. Oh my, I sobbed at the end but they were tears of sadness and tears of happiness. I won't recap since my fellow Goodreaders have done that but this is a must read for lovers of mm romance!! Books like this are why I read romance. This is a new to me ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-read, strw-review
...I have no idea how to rate this. So I'm going with the middle and giving it a 3. But really, it could be a 3.5... I have no idea.

Review Now Available @ Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Love Bytes Reviews
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star review by Dan

When we first meet Harold, it is current day, we learn he has a partner of nearly twenty years named Stuart and they are blissfully happy. We are also taken through a brief overview of their very structured lives. Up at 7am, dinner at 6pm, bed at 11pm, the full month’s menu on the refrigerator, with everything, including their volunteer hours on Saturdays, totally structured and scheduled. I always thought I was anal retentive, but after reading about Stuart, I realize I’m
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Original Blog Post: Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review Request: AN INFATUATION by Joe Cosentino

An Infatuation is told from the point of view of Harold who tells his story almost like he is writing a book. The flashback tells of how Harold first meets Mario, the object of his teenage infatuation and one whom he'd always regarded as his first love and greatest regret. Mario is a jock without much regard for academics but he needed a tutor and saw Harold as his ticket to passing the grade and
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of m/m books who's read numerous stories in this genre, Mr. Cosentino has crafted one that pulls at every one of your strings. It's a heartwarming read full of sentimentality as it looks back on the past giving thoughts of "what if?". It's full of heartache too, as well as harsh realities. It's a story that pulls no punches as it puts you through the emotional wringer and I was completely under its spell from beginning to end.

Harold was a nerd in high school but had a big heart. He knew
Lorraine Lesar
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You may search through numerous Oyster Beds and never find a Pearl, but late into the early hours of this morning, I found a Pearl – the perfect Pearl, in this wonderful storyline told in flashbacks.
The Author executed his storyline with a marvellous precision that would be the envy of many Authors. He draws the readers into the lives of his characters, they become real and in turn, their emotions becomes yours. Because the storyline is told in flashbacks, I knew what was coming? didn’t I? yes,
Kirsty Bicknell
If I hadn’t been offered a copy of An Infatuation by the author, in exchange for an honest review, it would possibly have been a book I passed by. This could be because of the generic cover picture or that Joe Cosentino is not a familiar name to me – but after reading the book I am going to change the way I pre-judge books in future.
An Infatuation is so much more than a love story. Written in a flashback narrative and told in first person by the protagonist, Harold, the novel deals with issues
Pam Kay
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was heart wrenching when two high school boys, one gay, one straight, become best friends as Harold tutors Mario, the football captain. Harold falls in love with Mario, as Mario really denies his feelings for Harold. As time goes on Mario is scared about what he is feeling and he goes after one of the cheerleaders. This devastates Harold, so the time left during their senior year is spent avoiding each other. They go their separate ways to college and see each other 2 years later. ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If we're lucky, we get to read a book that blazes a trail through us. Whether they make us laugh, cry, or even think a little differently, these books still leave a mark on us days, maybe even weeks after we've read it. For me, this was one of those books. It did everything I ask of a book: it took me away on a sweet journey about two high school boys, made me feel about their relationship, and gave me an ending I'll never forget. This book made me think. It affected me, and that's what writing ...more
Cathy Brockman
Heat /Meows Low-- Purrs 5
An Infatuation is a beautifully written, bittersweet, story of young love, first love and infatuation versus true love.
Harold was smitten with Mario from the first he met him. At first I felt Mario was just using Harold and I didn’t like him much but as the story goes on my feelings changed about Mario drastically. My heart went out to Harold, I loved Stuart and had mixed feelings about Mario.

For such a short story this was a can’t put down read. I laughed. I sighed and
Chris Scully
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I have to confess I was a little hesitant about tackling this read. Not only is it marketed as a 'Bittersweet Dream' title, but many reviews talked about it being sad, so I was expecting broken relationships and steeling myself. To my surprise, it's far more complex than that. Yes, there are sad aspects and a bit of a tragic ending for one character, but it's more poignant than anything else. The author's witty dialogue and light touch balances it out. It's about young first love, and deeper ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. People talk about love triangles but this was a love square (in a great way). This is well written and you can tell the author took his time and didn't rush it. The whole story I couldn't help but keeping the pages turning and turning. Great job! Was it a happy ending? You'll have to read to find out.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Harold and Mario sound like some people that I went to high school with! I loved how Stuart and Harold interacted although Stuart was a little over the top with his schedules!
To me this is a perfect slice of life and your first love. And the catching up at the reunion was beautifully written. Great job and I really enjoyed reading it!
Apr 25, 2015 marked it as basement-storage
All right, I give in. Although I hate flashbacks - I started the sample and just had to click. Yes, amazon, your strategy works. At least sometimes:)
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