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by JOE COSENTINOCover Artist: Christy Caughie
A Novella from Dreamspinner Press
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, while Harold, a teacher, is perfectly content with his businessman husband, Stuart. When the two meet again, will the old flame reignite, setting Harold’s comfortable life ablaze? How can Harold be happy with Stuart when he is still infatuated with his Adonis, his first love, Mario? Harold faces this seemingly impossible situation with inimitable wit, tenderness, and humor as he attempts to reconcile the past and the future.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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 stay on the team. Fortunately for Mario, Harold is a fantastic tutor and his grades do improve. As for Harold, his heart gets bruised for he knows that Mario only has room for him as a tutor. Until the day Mario kisses him and everything changes.
The changes are not so good. Instead of getting the boy of his dreams to be the someone who would be his partner in the long haul, Mario opts for the straight path and gets involved with a girl. Their relationship begins to fall apart from that time on but there are moments when they do meet and they reconnect.
Years go by and the class reunion invitations are received and Harold, with his husband Stuart, attend the event. It is with apprehension that Howard waits for Mario to arrive and when he does, it was as if they never lost their connection. That is when things are revealed and another change in their relationship happens.
This was so beautifully written with words that just flowed seemingly effortless through each page. The characters written so clearly it was impossible not to know who they really were. Their thoughts, actions, behaviors, it was a very visual read I could not help but see this movie in my mind play out. The life Harold went through in high school were told in a very frank manner that I was left without doubt these were moments either witnessed by the author or experienced first hand. These scenes from Harold's high school days were at times funny and many times scary.
I really like Harold's character especially when he thought things out but said things differently. Stuart sounded a bit of a control freak and yet was not. He was just so organized, it was scary, too. And then there was Mario who never really had the chance to be who he really was so was a truly sad character. All these men were written so well they came out very real.
What made me truly love this story was the simplicity of the writing. Everything fell into place and I was not left wanting. There were times I laughed and then there were times I cried.
For a very simple story, this somehow came out unforgettable.
Note: Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
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