Thursday, 1 August 2019

New Release Spotlight & Review: An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton

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 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?’

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This novel picks up where Another Shot ended, after Freddie and Jo-Jo's disastrous reunion. Both full of regret, they decide to try again and see where it leads as we continue their story in Another Shot.

The writing style follows the same format as before as a collection of vignette's highlighting events from the past as well as the present. We get to understand more about their perspective lives and how life events shaped them. We also learn the reason, why, Jo-Jo wanted to see Freddie again before starting a new life in New Zealand. It's poignant, with the author dealing with the subject in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

The author manages to inject realism into the protagonists and their feelings for each other. It's easy to feel the shared affections for each other in a way first loves do. It reflects the fact they have forgiven each other for past hurts because the attraction and positive emotions outweigh the negative. Still, despite their love for each other, their relationship remains complicated.

An Extra Shot is the second novel in this intriguing trilogy, full of nostalgic references which will stir up many memories for readers who grew up in the nineteen seventies and eighties. The references certainly add to the overall appeal of the narrative. Yet most importantly, it's Freddie and Jo-Jo I'm rooting for and can't wait to find out how their story plays out in the final instalment.

***arc received courtesy of the publisher via Rachel's Random Resources***

‘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. ‘

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