Title: An Infatuation
Author: Joe Cosentino
Release Date: February 4th 2015
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Romance
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.
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 of homophobia, bullying, abuse, religion as well as self-acceptance and friendship. Joe Cosentino is not afraid to be honest with us and we quickly go from an ‘Awwwwww’ moment to a chapter in which we are horrified and disgusted.
Ultimately it is Mario and Harold’s friendship which gives us hope, although we are unsure whether this is unrequited love, an experiment or something more. As we see Mario through Harold’s eyes he becomes a figure who initially we admire too, although we then sympathise with Harold’s heartbreak.
Though I was unsure of the few moments at which the characters directly addressed the reader, I thought An Infatuation was beautifully written and moving. Through Harold and Mario’s relationship Joe Cosentino expresses the sentiment that #loveislove and this is definitely a book I would recommend.