Today is my stop on the tour for An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton. It’s the follow on from Another Shot, which you may remember me reviewing a little while ago – You can check out the review for the first book here. Big thanks to Stephen for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and also to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
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 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?
Picking up directly where Another Shot left off, An Extra Shot continues to show us the sweet, if rather awkward, reunion of Freddie and JoJo. Skilfully switching between past and present scenes, the memories of their younger years left me feeling nostalgic for my own past, remembering certain days and events as if they were yesterday!
After seeing the pair tip toe around each other in the first book, having only just met again after 35 years, this time round we get to see Freddie and JoJo rekindle their long lost romance. Disappearing on a weekend break together was just what they needed to give them the chance to work some things out. The only problem now is JoJo harbouring a dark secret, a secret involving her relationship with Freddie all those years ago. She has to decide whether to tell him or remain quiet. If she tells him, she’ll then need to deal with the consequences.
I do feel for JoJo in regards to her secret; it was a tough situation to be in, both the initial situation in the past, and the one she faces now – Choosing to tell Freddie or not, trying to guess how he’d react. The secret of JoJos past does cover a sensitive subject, but I feel the author has dealt with it in a respectful manner. He explores the depth of the situation and the emotions involved, without drawing it out too much or making it a difficult read.
I’m still 100% rooting for these guys to resolve their differences and get back together properly, so I’ll be waiting as patiently as I can for the third book to see what happens to our little love birds!
About The Author
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.
An Extra Shot is the second 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. I am currently working on the final book.
Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.