Review: Neapolitan Nights (One Scoop or Two) by Paul Lonardo

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

I don’t want to go home after the spring semester ends. I’m nineteen, away from home for the first time, and…I’ve met someone, a boy from my psychology class. I’m tempted to see where this flirtation leads, and when my professor offers me a summer job, I have the perfect excuse to stay. But Sam has a secret that I’m not sure I can accept, a secret that would initiate exploration of a whole new side of my sexuality. If I’m brave enough.



Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:

Paul Lonardo’s new book Neapolitan Nights “One Scoop or Two”, is a fun, coming of age love story about two college freshmen exploring all the aspects of relationships and love.  Nineteen-year-old Vanessa falls in love with Sam, a handsome Asian boy she meets in psychology class.  While wrapping up her finals during her first year, she is offered an internship at the university psychology lab in Newport, Rhode Island.  Her parents, however, want her to come home and work for the summer in the family’s real estate business.  When she realizes that Sam is also attracted to her and will be staying in Newport over the summer, she becomes smitten by the idea of spending the summer without her family and with her new love at the seaside in New England.  Vanessa cannot pass up the promise of three months filled with freedom, new opportunities and romance.

While the book begins as a normal college student romance, it quickly takes the reader into different territory as Vanessa discovers her newfound sexuality.  Sam, who is working at Soft Lick’s, an ice cream truck, introduces Vanessa to his other friend Charlotte.  As the summer and their affair progress, a secret the three of them hold is deliciously told.  By the end of the book, this tangled web will find the characters questioning the definition of an “open” relationship in a profound way.

Overall, the characters are likable and the story keeps your interest.  It is a quick, sexy read and fun to breeze through.  There was a lot more to explore with the complicated relationship between the three young people.  It would have been good to have had more depth and understanding into the characters as they evolve and mature through an eventful summer.  It was a fun read.


About the Author: Paul Lonardo is the author of both fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres, from true crime to romance.  He is also a freelance writer.  He has more than a dozen titles in print.  Paul studied filmmaking / screenwriting at Columbia College.  He lives in Lincoln, RI with his wife and son.



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