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A Home for the Holidays

(Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  44 reviews
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 old Italian moon, and Paolo realizes there’s ...more
ebook, 52 pages
Published December 2nd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
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☆ Todd
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it

"A Home for the Holidays" is a short story about a boy from Philly whose mother arranges a Christmas break visit with his distant relatives on the island of Capri, Italy.

In the book's 40 pages, there's enough background info provided to get an idea of the two main characters, Bobby, an uptight law student and his Italian third cousin, Paolo, a floundering playboy with a hidden talent for men's fashion design sketches.

The story is very vivid in its description of the island and its food, as Paulo
Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
This short is about an American law student, Bobby, visiting his distant Italian relatives and falling in love with his cousin, Paolo. No worries, there’s no incest! They are really really really distant cousins who stumble their way to a HEA. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t enjoy the journey there.

It feels really shitty to be so negative about a 52 page story and a Christmas story at that. I hate when this happens but I cannot find a single positive thing to say about it. There were so many
Um, okay this one didn't work for me and unfortunately the narration didn't help at all.

These guys were total opposites and I didn't buy their attraction at all. Plus the cousin factor was a bit *icky* for me.

Dull story and no big surprises, oh well.
Serena Yates
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, holiday, read-2015
A trip to see relatives in Italy for Christmas is a big change for dedicated law student Bobby, but one he looks forward to. Not having to face his somewhat overbearing mother, being grouped with the kids because he isn’t married, and getting away from all the pressure around his degree has got to be a good thing. Once he meets his third cousin Paolo, Bobby decides it could even be a great thing. ‘A Home for the Holidays’ is as much a coming of age story (for both main characters but in ...more
Nice, but.. I wonder.. why do almost all Italian males in American books look like Michelangelo's David?
This fact is giving me a complex..

Stephanie Lake
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like Josh Lanyon, you'll love this book.

Sexy male characters, quirky families, a bit of mystery, a bit of love, all spun together with a talented pen.

A Home for the Holiday's is a fantastically crafted story that I will read, and listen to time and time again!
Don Bradshaw
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
A different kind of Christmas story that was very well put together. I enjoyed the extended Italian family and their traditions. I would have enjoyed the story even more if it didn't read like a travel guide in places though I understand the reasoning. Well worth the time to read.
Veronica of V's Reads
This is a cute holiday-themed novella about two young men finding love on Capri.

Bobby is an out-gay, law student who is second-gen Italian-American with a doting mother and a family who loves him. They are a bit outrageous, as a family, but this Christmas will be different. Uncle Bobby won't have to sit at the kids table because he lacks a partner. Nope, Mama has arranged to send Bobby to meet his distant relatives on the island of Capri for Christmas.

Bobby has been a student of Italian for
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Joe Cosentino’s holiday novella, A Home for the Holidays, delivers in every way that a romantic, feel-good story should. Every book I read by this author continuously pulls me in and wraps me up like a warm blanket.

Bobbi McGrath is a college law student who is constantly made to feel like one of the younger children that gathers around the small table, set off to the side, at the holiday dinners. This year, however, instead of going home like he usually does, he is going to Capri, Italy to
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 - pretty decent little commute audiobook, but I felt like there was something missing.

There was something about this book that just irked me, and I can't place my finger on any one particular thing. It was very stereotypical and surface level, which isn't something I'm used to with Cosentino's books. And I mean, I get it a little bit, and I can be somewhat forgiving. It is only 52 pages, so there has to be some pruning somewhere. I understand that this couldn't be the full-length novel
Lorraine Lesar
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There’s no place like home” L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Sorry Dorothy, but after reading Joe Cosentino, I have to disagree with you – home is where you make it! and this book proves it beyond doubt.

Ok, I admit it’s short, but again this book brings home another good point – it’s all about quality not quantity. It’s so very sweet, I sat down to read it on a miserable, cold, blustery, wet day in the UK and was transported within a few pages to the beautiful island of Capri. I was their
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Christmas Italian style means lots of animated discussions, loads of great Mediterranean food, a beautiful island and the weather to go with it. Bobby experiences all of this and more when he goes to spend Christmas with his distant relatives in Capri. The one thing he didn’t bargain for was Paolo.

It never ceases to amaze me about how extended Italian families seem to be or more importantly how they ever manage to keep tabs on who is related to whom. Bobby goes to Capri to spend his time with
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing


This was such a sweet romance. The book begins when Bobby goes to visit his family in Italy for Christmas. He ends up spending a lot of time with his cousin, Paolo, who happens to be gay. While he picks his cousin’s mind about Italy, Bobby realizes that he is falling for him. Though the idea weirds him out at first, it doesn’t bother him too much since they are so far removed. They come together for a brief time, but the road ahead of them is not as clear as Bobby had hoped. When Bobby’s
Original Blog Post: eARC Review: A Home For the Holidays by Joe Cosentino

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)

A Home for the Holidays is a Christmas story set in Capri. Bobby is too focused on his studies and his family fears his burn out. Their solution? Send him off to Capri and in the process, get to know his Italian relatives and forget, for once, that he is studying for the Boards. He goes and meets a family whose arms open wide and dump
3.5 stars. Bobby McGrath receives a wonderful Christmas present - a trip to Capri to visit extended family. It's a welcome relief from the coldness of Philly - warm days in the sun sightseeing, wonderful meals and gorgeous company - Bobby's cousin Paolo (not to worry - Paolo is a very distant cousin). The story moves along quickly as Bobby and Paolo fall in insta-love with only a few lightly-described sex scenes. Both in Capri and Philly, there are lots of family members (along with some ...more
Cathy Brockman
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you love gay romance and want something short and sweet this will satisfy that sweet tooth craving. Once again Joe has written a lovely story of two young men exploring love and a beautiful island. I felt like I was on tour with Paolo and Bobby. I could see the lovely sites as Joe described them with such beauty and prose. I could feel the growing desire between the two young men and the heat building as well.

Another thing I like about Joe Cosentino's stories is that they are sexy though most
Mari  Cardenas
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Bobby travels to beautiful Capri to visit his extended family and learns to relax and finds love in his third cousin Paolo, who in turn will learn there's more to life than partying.

This story was sweet and short, perhaps a bit too short, as I would've loved to see a bit more of Bobby and Paolo's life in the future, but perhaps in another story? *hint hint nudge nudge* The boys were as opposite as they could be, Bobby
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joe Cosentino once again combines consummate wit, fascinating characters, and heartfelt passion in this fast-moving, captivating short novella. We meet Bobby, and his over-the-top Italian-American family, who sends him to visit his cousins in Capri, Italy during his winter break from college. There, he meets a just-as-colorful Italian family and is smitten by his third cousin, Paolo. As we tour the beautiful Island of Capri, we also follow their blossoming relationship. Though the two are polar ...more
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Home for the Holidays is a short novella about family and falling in love.

Bobby goes to Italy during the Christmas Holidays to meet his mother's family.

There he meets Paolo a young man and distant relative.

The both of them get to know each other and share their respective dreams and desires.

Becoming close and personal.... until they have to decide if they want to be together.

I have to say the book description of the Capri area is beautiful....
Chris, the Dalek King
Bobby’s family is not exactly all up with the love and caring. Even at Christmas. So it is with a bit of relief that Bobby will be spending this Christmas in Capri with some relatives he has never met before. Complete strangers are a vast improvement to his family’s constant barrage of criticism and derision. That Capri also is the home of his entirely too sexy cousin is something not to sneer at either. But some things about family are universal. Paolo and Bobby will have to decide what is more ...more
Daniela Green
I can't rate this book, because it hit too near home for me, and because I felt slightly offended.
You see, I'm italian, and I happen to know Capri island very well, because my family has a holiday home there.
So, what's the matter? Same old story: the wrong representation of italian people, that I found in almost every non italian book that I’ve read.
The only book that didn't fall in stereotypes about italians? It was the beautiful Call Me by Your Name.
First of all, it's true that Catholicism is
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

As the son of an Italian mama, Bobby knows what it is to bow from pressure from said mama, so when she suggests he spend Christmas with his Italian cousins on the isle of Capri and goes so far as to buy his ticket, he has no choice but to capitulate. Once there, he meets his extended family, which includes his gorgeous, friendly third cousin, Paolo. Over the course of the holiday, the sparks ignite
Shee Reader
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Dufera
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Home For The Holidays is the first book in the Bobby and Paolo's Holiday Stories series by Joe Cosentino.

Bobby and Paolo meet on a beautiful island, when Bobby goes to spend Christmas with his Italian relatives.

Bobby is able to help Paolo, but he also needs to help himself. He's been playing it safe instead of reaching for his dreams.

This is a wonderful and charming story of taking chances, facing your fears and finding love. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-version
Audiobook Review:

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 Paulo's courtship. Even the HFN ending felt satisfying and I would look forward to hearing whether their potential relationship works out.
I guess I was a little disappointed with this book. I've loved the other 2 books that I gave read by this author.
Maybe it was a little too insta-love. Only a couple of days in, and Bobby was already in love with Paolo.
I would have liked more of the boys and the growth of their relationship rather than the sightseeing narration of Capri.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance

If you are looking for a sweet tale of love during the holidays, look no futher than A Home for the Holidays by Joe Cosentino.

For full review see Prism Book Alliance

Katy Beth Mckee
Sweet and a bit nerve racking. I love how well they fit together. Bobby does such a great job of encouraging Paola to go for his dreams.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Review Covers All

This review will cover both books about Bobby and Paolo.

The plots are decent and believable, the insta-lust and love not, but why worry? This is a delightful three novella series (the second book has two novellas a year apart). You will come to love Bobby, the ginger on the left, and totally respect Paolo, his third cousin.

The thing about these two books is that they feature members of two very well described, if somewhat stereotypical, families of Italian origin. Bobby and
Faye Kennedy
A beautiful story that I absolutely Loved. Bobby and Paolo are fantastic together to learn to love and to dream. Dreams do come true but will Paolo's be set free in the next book, I'm absolutely grabbing it.
One weeks vacation for Bobby does wonders for him and turns into a gorgeous story. Beautifully written and described.
Bobby was turning 24 soon he was studying law as a student. This Christmas he was planning to be in Italy visiting his cousins.
Paolo is Bobby's 3rd cousin and have things in
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