Today I’m delighted to be opening the blog tour for An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton…where we’re back with Freddie and Jo-Jo to see if they can reunite…..
‘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?’
In Book 1, Another Shot we met Freddie and Jo-Jo as they were reunited after 35 years but were left with a massive cliff-hanger so I was looking forward to reading Book 2.
In An Extra Shot, we’re back with Freddie and Jo-Jo – picking up where Book 1 ends. Freddie is devastated that he’s blown his chances, and Jo-Jo is doubting whether she made the right decision.
They meet up again and Freddie persuades Jo-Jo to go for a weekend away to see how they get on. They have a wonderful time but when they get back they both realised they hadn’t arranged to see each other again. But knowing that their love has reignited, Jo-Jo knows she must tell Freddie something from their past that is haunting her. How will he react? Will their newly reignited relationship end before it’s even begun?
Yet again, we’re left with a massive cliff-hanger meaning I now NEED to read Book 3 to see what the final outcome is. It’s great to be back with Freddie and Jo-Jo and is lovely to see them reigniting their love which has never really gone away. They have a fabulous weekend together and it’s wonderful because you just really want them to get back together and to be happy!
As with book one, the story flits between the present day and memories (for Freddie and Jo-Jo). Again, I did find it quite hard to figure out where I was as the memories are from different years, but it’s great for us to learn more about them. We also learn more about their past love lives too in this book.
Overall another good story which will leave you wanting more. I would say you definitely need to read Book 1 before you read this otherwise it won’t make sense. My review of Book 1, Another Shot is here. Now I’ve just got to wait for the next one…..
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. ‘
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Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Stephen and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday 🙂