Another Shot

(20 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Stephen Anthony Brotherton
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 28/11/17

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 “It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table. 

‘Hello, Freddie’.

Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.

How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship.

Author Stephen Brotherton lives in Telford and is a Social Worker.

20 reviews for Another Shot

  1. Coffee & Kindle Book Reviews

    I really enjoyed this highly addictive, debut read from Stephen Anthony Brotherton… I really enjoyed how this book went from the present to the past and back again. It told both the story of Freddie’s and Jo-Jo lives and seamlessly went between them both. I enjoyed getting an insight to the history they both have together and what has happening in their lives to bring them to where they are today. I like the style of writing from Stephen Anthony Brotherson and I am looking forward to Reading the next instalment of Freddie and Jo-Jo.

  2. Joyful Antidotes

    ‘One Day’ initially sprung to mind after reading the blurb of Another Shot. This books isn’t as gut-wrenching but it still has an unsettling deep emotion… we also get a realistic story.

  3. Splashes into Books

    It is an emotive story of love, loss, second chances and choices, one that portrays misunderstandings, missed opportunities and sadness. Definitely not a book to read to cheer you up! However it is a thought provoking read and flows well. The ending is very memorable but you’ll need to read it yourself to discover why!

  4. Chat About Books

    This book is full of regret and raw emotion. These characters are very real and believable. I’m sure many readers will relate them in one way or another. The ending certainly left me wanting to know more, so I’m looking forward to reading book 2.

  5. FNM Book Reviews

    Now, this is a different sort of love story than I normally read, but that doesn’t mean I enjoyed in any less! Another Shot explores the relationship between Jo-Jo and Fred as you are taken back to when they first met as well as getting to know the people they are today. I was really intrigued as to how this would all fit into one coherent story but the author manages to write it in such a way that I felt like I could really understand how both Fred and Jo-Jo were feeling/thinking within both of the different time periods. This isn’t so much a happily ever after sort of story but one that makes you really think about the sort of relationships we experience through life, as well as how one really fits into other’s lives. It’s definitely a story with a more somber feeling to it but I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their experiences.

  6. Travel to Recovery Blog

    A interesting romance reminding you of the 70s and 80s unlike most romance as there is no happy ever after but I need to read the second book to find out what happens to the characters.

  7. Books & Geekiness

    This was a sweet story of a couple who were together in the early 80s who drifted apart and reunite in 2015… The story was lovely and I could just picture them there on Blackpool beach sunning it up (or Jo-jo at least). There was a lot of too-ing and froing between the past and the future. However it does tell you who’s POV it is and which year it is so there isn’t any confusion which has happened in other books.

  8. Fany Van Hemelen

    What a nice romantic story about love between decades. In 2015 Freddie and Jojo meet… Nothing special except 35 years ago they were deeply in love. Now when Jojo is going to migrate she needs to see Freddie again. Since they meet again they can’t stop thinking of each other. In their mind, the past reveals beautiful and sad moments about their relationship and life path. I learn about their first date, the first weekend and so many more little things. Freddie and Jojo both are people like you and me with an ordinary life full of precious times and things to remember forever.

    The main characters are well- developed but I am happy there is going to be in July a second part because the cliffhanger is so poignant and I want to read the next one.

  9. Donnas Book Blog

    The story was a different one to your normal happy ever after romance reads and I liked the book for that, it made a refreshing change and helped it stand out from other reads for me. It is quite a thought-provoking read that gives you plenty of food for thought about what it may be like to be in a similar position and the choices that you would need to make.

  10. Sarah (Beauty Addict)

    Another Shot is full of love, laughs, reflection and takes you on trip down memory lane. I would recommend Another Shot to anyone who is looking for a good romance story.

  11. B R Maycock

    The romance, the love, was done brilliantly, I really felt their need for each other. I also loved the vividness of me being transported to a more easy-going, heady time, around about the 70s and 80s and wished my dad were about for a read.

  12. Truly Bookish

    I’m usually not one to read romance, or even blog about it for that matter. However, this story caught my interest. I felt that Stephen Anthony Brotherton is delving more into the psychology of what brings two people, in love, to take different roads. I (honestly) really enjoyed this story, and am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story how our past determines our future selves.

  13. Curled Up With a Good Book

    This was a lovely little story and I really enjoyed getting to know both Freddie and Jo-Jo.

  14. K T Robson

    The ending of this book managed to sneak up on me, with me having devoured the entire thing in one sitting, and I was not ready for it to end! I was left with questions that I needed the answers to. Imagine my relief to know that there is a second book due to come out next month! I’ll finally get to see what lies on the other end of the epic cliffhanger that Another Shot left me with!

  15. Sherry W

    I really enjoyed this book. It was told from both characters flipping from past to present. A couple who were high school sweethearts meet again after thirty-five years. I can relate to this because this happened to me and my now husband! Needless to say, I was hoping this story had a different ending than it does. I recommend this book for anyone who likes a good love story.

  16. Cristie U

    This was a great read and I enjoyed it immensely. Jo-Jo seeing Freddie right before she emigrates and the missed opportunities in their relationship make this book very bittersweet. The flashbacks brought an added connection to the characters’ relationship that I don’t think that I would have had without it.

  17. Louise E

    After being widowed for 2 years. Jo-Jo feels it finally time to get back in touch with her former flame and first love Freddie… She is also encouraged by her daughter Amy.

    Despite it being 35 years since they last saw each other, Freddie agrees to meet. But what will happen as Jo-Jo is planning to emigrate to be with her grandchildren?

    The story is told by Jo-Jo and Freddie. Each person takes it in turn. The story flicks back in time to reveal what their relationship was like…

    The chapters are short and the dates are clearly marked so you cannot get lost and confused in the book. At times I felt the chapters went too quick but that may be the author’s way of building up suspense. And if it was it worked.

    I did enjoy the book and I was really getting into the storyline but I felt the ending was a bit abrupt. It was like it was unfinished and did not make sense. Perhaps there is going to be a second one?

    It has left me with some unanswered questions and it differently surprised me, especially when I thought I had the plot figured out.

  18. Ann S

    I loved the characters in this book, they all came to life for me and brought back so many memories of my teenage years in the early eighties.

    The book reminds us all to make the most of every moment.

    I wanted so much for the ending to be a happy one but real life isn’t like that. Hopefully there will be a follow-up. An extremely well-written love story!

  19. Dora Archie O

    There’s always something about that first love that stays with us and Freddie and Jo-Jo’s story is not exempt from that. Jo-Jo seeks out Freddie thirty-five years after they’d gone their separate ways. Their meeting triggers memories of their young love, their decisions and paths in life after that and in a way it makes you nostalgic because you can’t stop but ask yourself too “what if..?”

    This book and especially their love story and life decisions are relatable.

    The writing format makes it easy to read their insights back and forth making it easier to relate to and empathize with a character. I’m glad I got an arc from NetGalley and do wish that there was a better ending but I know with life, well, not everyone loves apples.

  20. Madhuri Palaji

    Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton is an interesting novel. Jo-Jo comes searching for Freddie almost after thirty years. After their teenage love affair, they parted ways and moved on with their lives. How does the reentry of Jo-Jo in Freddie’s life affect him?

    The rekindling of their love brings back so many memories, untold feelings and apologies. Freddie and Jo-Jo both are still in love with each other but they don’t know what to do with that love. The timeline in the story is unique.

    The author also mentioned a thing or two about certain mental illnesses, broken families and kids dealing with their broken parents. The best part is the author wrote this story inspired by some true events in his own life. An entertaining book. The pace felt a little slow in between the pages but the story as a whole is very sweet.

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