How do you feel about a romance novel where you know before starting that things don’t work out in the end? I wasn’t too sure before but then I read Another Shot and discovered what an interesting read this can be.
Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, former lovers who are reunited after 35 years. Jo-Jo’s husband has died and before she emigrates to New Zealand, she decides to look Freddie up. Through a series of flashbacks, the reader learns how the pair originally met, what their relationship was like, and how things came to an end. 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.
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.
Ok, so we already know that Freddie and Jo-Jo don’t rekindle their love so what exactly do we get from this book? We get a love story with suspense. Just what exactly does Jo-Jo want after 35 years? This is what keeps us on edge in place of the usually will they won’t they story line.
We also get a realistic story. The chapters hop back and forth between being told by Freddie and Jo-Jo. I liked the pace that this gave to the story. I liked more than we get two different perspectives of the same story so we can have a real view of what the relationship was like for both parties involved. To be honest, I would have liked to know more about Freddie and Jo-Jo’s lives after their break up, especially Freddie’s as he currently seems down on his luck (another aspect that makes this story more real). There is a sequel to Another Shot though so maybe more information will be divulged here. And yes, a review will appear on Joyful Antidotes so don’t forget to stop by next month to find out what happens.
Overall, I rather enjoyed this book. It was quick and easy to read and I’m looking forward to what the sequel has to offer.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.