An Extra Shot

(18 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Stephen Anthony Brotherton
  • Publication Date: 28/07/2019
  • Format: Paperback

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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?

Stephen Brotherton was born in Walsall and grew up in the West Midlands. He now lives in Telford, Shropshire and is an alumni of Staffordshire, Keele and Wolverhampton universities. Stephen qualified as a social worker and worked in health and social care for over thirty years. This story is semi-autobiographical and is based on a first love relationship that he had at a similar age to the teenage Freddie and Jo-Jo.

18 reviews for An Extra Shot

  1. Chelle

    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… As with book one, the story flits between the present day and memories (for Freddie and Jo-Jo). We also learn more about their past love lives too in this book… Overall another good story which will leave you wanting more.

  2. Joyful Antidotes (Blog)

    An Extra Shot is different because, unlike the first book, I didn’t know how it ended.

    What I did like more about this book is that it delved deeper into Freddie and JoJo. We learn more about their relationship when they were younger, we see what they were up to during their adult lives, and we better see how both are dealing with their reunion. It helped me get a better sense of the characters and who they are and it was nice to explore an older adult relationship for a change.

  3. Laura

    Once again it was a lovely story of a couple rekindling their romance after thinking they missed out the first time around and once again we’re left on a cliffhanger so I can’t wait for the next book in the series as I feel I’ve grown with this couple.

  4. Becca McCulloch

    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.

  5. Donna’s Book Blog

    The story is well planned and I found it to be enjoyable, it is heartfelt and touching in places but it also takes you on quite a variety of emotions as you follow the characters through this period in their lives and I was on tenterhooks in places as I wanted to see how it would all end too and would Jo-Jo reveal all to Freddie! Well, you will need to read the book to find out for yourself there!

    I do think to get the most out of this book that you need to read the first one. It is 4 stars from me for this one, highly recommended and well written!

  6. FNM Book Reviews

    Now, this is the sequel I didn’t know I needed, having previously read the first in the series… Once again I really enjoyed the writing of the story and how it’s just a bit of a different kind of a love story, the author was able to keep me intrigued with the secrets that they are hiding while moving at a pace that really kept the story flowing. The characters themselves are quite intriguing and I just really enjoyed how the author progressed their character development within the story. Even better apparently there is a third book in the series to really explore their story! A great four-star read.

  7. Travel to Recovery (Blog)

    A follow on from Another Shot telling the romance story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. It has flashbacks so we find out more about Freddie and Jo-Jo, if you liked the first book you would have been waiting for the second instalment to find out if there was ever a happy ending.

    This isn’t the end though as there is a third book to look forward to. I do think you need to read Another Shot first to get a full understanding of the relationship between these two characters.

    Freddie discovers a secret but how will he react I can’t tell you as I don’t want to give the story away. Just like the first book, it is a flashback to the 70s and 80s so if this is your era you might get a few memories popping back too.

  8. Over the Rainbow Book Blog

    Another Shot is an emotional, compelling but poignant read which it’s impossible not to get caught up in.

    This was a compelling read which was hard to put down as I felt personally involved in the story. The author gives the reader a fly on the wall glimpse into their lives which made me feel that everything happening was happening to a friend of mine. There are some difficult subjects mentioned in this book which the author handles quite sensitively. They are quite poignant however and I really felt for Freddie and Jo-Jo as they went through it.

  9. B R Maycock

    We’re back with a book that does the ‘will they, won’t they’ thing so well. We first encountered it in Another Shot, where we were left on a cliff hanger. Things aren’t going too well for the pair, and again we’re sent back to find out why there might be issues.

    The time spent in the past is spot on, and I found myself walking alongside them. Again, I felt for one character more than the other, which probably wasn’t intentional, but I couldn’t help it!

  10. K T Robson

    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!

    I’ll be waiting as patiently as I can for the third book to see what happens to our little love birds!

  11. Dash Fan Book Reviews

    An Extra Shot is a poignant and heartwarming story about second chances and relationships.

    An Extra Shot is a story of second chances, fractured relationships, passion, secrets, and emotion. All of the writing is a series of vignettes/flashbacks. But I did find it to be an emotional, passionate, and thought-provoking read.

    The characters are complex, flawed, yet relatable and well thought out.

    If you enjoy vignettes that flit between past and present, tell an evocative and passionate story about a couple who fell in love and went their separate ways, then have one more shot at repairing their fractured relationship, then you will adore An Extra Shot.

  12. Babydolls and Razerblades (Blog)

    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.

  13. Splashes into Books (Blog)

    This is the second story in the trilogy which focusses on the lives of Jo-Jo and Freddie as they reconnect after decades apart. Like in the first story, Another Shot, the story is told from their different points of view and shares events from multiple times in their lives through a series of flashbacks. It is another emotive story, sharing missed opportunities, decisions that are regretted and hopes that keep being dashed.

    It is a moving story and one that I’m still unsure how it will conclude, I just hope for a happy ending after all the angst and turmoil both main characters have experienced, but I’m not certain that I’ll get it!

  14. Fanny goes English (Blog)

    What a nice next installment in this romantic modern series.

    This is the next book after Another Shot and the story picks up where the first stopped. I have to give the advice to read the first one because this isn’t a stand-alone. In An Extra Shot, we go back in time and we see what happens today. When Freddie takes Jo-Jo with him for a weekend it is obvious that they have something special. Can they move on when Freddie knows the dark secret of his soulmate? This story explores again the background of the key players and the characters evolve further on. Each book their love is increasing and the story has more depth.

    If you love a modern well-written story with realistic people and an easy-going on style then this is a romantic tale for you. I am incredibly excited about the last one in the series because just like the first book this poignant story ends with a cliffhanger so I just want to indulge the last one to find out the truth.

  15. Ellesea Loves Reading (Blog)

    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.

  16. Louise E

    I really enjoyed the first book of this trilogy until the ending. I felt this was a bit abrupt until I found out there was a sequel! I downloaded this straight away as I wanted to find out what happens to Freddie and Jo-Jo.

    Jo-Jo tracks down her first love Freddie after 35 years. She wanted to work things out before emigrating to another country. However as Jo-Jo and Freddie re discover their feelings for one another. A secret pours out that could turn the relationship sour.

    I think this book is better than the first. It is a continuation of the first book. We last read in the first one that Freddie is at a train station. Ready to throw himself under a train. And this is where the book picks up.

    Throughout this book I see Freddie, who seems to be a nervous wreck slowly becoming more confident. It’s quite nice to see his character progressing. We slowly find out what happened to their past relationships and what other things happened to them. Throughout the pages. Their stories are told from their perspective which is easy to follow.

    The whole story is easy to follow and because of the headings, you can easily pick up where you left off without getting lost. This time around I found that the ending was left on a better cliff hanger and I want to read the next book now! 🙂

    I have enjoyed following Freddie and Jo-Jo’s journey and I am looking forward to the third book! Definitely recommend this book.

  17. Ann S

    I read this book as a follow-up to its prequel, Another Shot. The book picks up the story of Freddie & Jo-Jo who fell in love as teenagers, separated and meet up again thirty-five years later. It is told from Freddie and Jo-Jo’s perspectives through a series of first-person vignettes and asks the question if a first love relationship can ever be reignited. I loved the characters, the flashbacks to 1970s and 80s, the music, the culture and I left captivated, yet again, by the cliff-hanger ending. Highly recommended . I can’t wait for the third and final book in this highly addictive trilogy.

  18. Cristie U

    Great read. The author wrote a story that was interesting and moved at a pace that kept me engaged. The characters were easy to invest in.

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