GUEST POST: Love on the Jersey Shore by Richard Natale

Today we welcome Richard Natale who tells us a little about his latest book, Love on the Jersey Shore.
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Sexual chemistry and the search for real love can be a combustible mixture. When the hunky young Anthony Ragucci falls for his dream man, a handsome attorney named Hunter Reese, his happily ever after fantasies are threatened by the meddling of the dashing and haughty Robert Burke. His loyal cousin Frank quickly rushes to Anthony’s defense, only to find his efforts hampered by a growing attraction to the inscrutable Robert. Ultimately, the two cousins discover that Love on the Jersey Shore is a sink or swim proposition. Watch out for the undertow!


As the song goes “it’s so easy to fall in love,” especially with Frank or Anthony Ragucci, the protagonists of “Love on the Jersey Shore.” The two cousins are virile, handsome and wildly popular. They have little trouble attracting men. But they’re looking for more–particularly Anthony, who envisions marriage and a family. And it takes a special kind of guy to meet his criteria.

Frank and Anthony have been best friends and confidants their whole lives. They helped each other come out and navigate the intricacies of same-sex dating. They love each other unconditionally and are fiercely loyal. And they will settle for nothing less in a potential partner. They are also very protective of one another, and anyone who falls in love them is in for serious scrutiny. For while Frank and Anthony realize they can’t completely shield each other from heartache, that doesn’t stop them from trying. The bond between the two cousins is so strong that it’s like an exclusive club. Many apply but few are granted admission beyond a quick roll in the hay.

Each man is, in his own way, possesses a special kind of magnetism; Frank with his easy, sexy demeanor, natural smarts and coy good looks; Anthony with his boyish Italian features and buoyant personality. Anthony is open and inviting and perhaps too trusting. Frank, on the other hand is warier. He’s the kind of person who makes a man work for it–and rewards him for his efforts.

When they do fall in love, however, they fall hard. Both their prospective partners are forced to prove themselves worthy, which is quite a challenge. And when they come up short, they must redeem themselves. In the process, Frank and Anthony also learn a valuable lesson: when to swallow their pride and set aside their preconceptions. Ultimately, all four main characters must adjust before they can enter the land of happily ever after.

But in the end loving Frank and Anthony is totally worth it and, after they endure some choppy waters, “Love on the Jersey Shore” proves to be smooth sailing indeed.

Richard Natale is a Los Angeles-based writer whose numerous short stories have appeared in such publications as Gertrude, Wilde Oats, Chelsea Station Magazine, Hollywood Dementia and the anthologies Men in Love and Off the Rocks. His most recent novel, CAFE EISENHOWER, received an honorable mention from the 2015 Rainbow Awards. He also wrote the novella JUNIOR WILLIS and the YA adventure THE GOLDEN CITY OF DOUBLOON. Additionally, Natale wrote and directed the feature film GREEN PLAID SHIRT, a closing night selection at the Palm Springs Film Festival, which was shown at more than a dozen other film festivals around the world and is a bestselling DVD for Wolfe Video, and also available for streaming.
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