• Becca McCulloch

Review: An Extra Shot

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?


I have mixed feelings about this book and series. The author has created some interesting characters. Freddie takes a long time finding his path in life. Jo-Jo doesn't like the path she finds. These antithetical paths cross at several key points, allowing each person to examine their current and possible life outcomes.

The ideas in the book intrigue me. The characters evoke sympathy. But somehow I struggled through the series. Some of this was a style issue - the author writes in vignettes, brief glimpses of the characters and small snippets of conversation. I've read several books like this and I struggle to get connected enough to story and plot. I don't think that's an error in construction - we each have preferences. So while I can't give this one an unequivocal seal of approval, I think it has merit for the right reader.

This isn't a book about super-likable people on a journey to happiness. It's messier than that. So, if you enjoy messy, realistic stories told with sparse details, this book is for you. There are pieces I'll think about as I leave the book, especially as I enjoy being grateful for a path I enjoy walking.

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extra-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1912881446

US - https://www.amazon.com/Extra-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1912881446

Author Bio –

‘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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