Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportinuty to review An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton.
An Extra Shot continues to tell the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. It moves backwards and forwards through time in a series of first-person flashbacks and describes how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over thirty-five years later. A failed reconciliation in book one, Another Shot, has left Freddie at a railway station thinking about jumping under a train and Jo-Jo in a hotel room consumed with the dark secret she has carried for most of her adult life. Freddie is saved by his best friend, Jack Sparrow, and Jo-Jo is convinced by her daughter, Amy, to meet up with Freddie again. Freddie then persuades Jo-Jo to go away with him for a long weekend in Devon and the couple return home with their love seemingly reignited. However, Jo-Jo can’t let their relationship continue without telling Freddie the truth about her dark secret. Is their love strong enough to get them through?
So happy to return to the love affair of Freddie and JoJo and what a return it is. This was such a fantastic read and you didn’t feel as though you had to go back and re read the first book again. I’m not normally a love story kind of reader but I have really enjoyed the adventures of Freddie and JoJo so far. An Extra Shot was just as emotive as the first book and it kept my attention throughout. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more.
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‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.
Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment. Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.
*I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review