Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 3.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/11/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction
Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.
Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.
Confession: I didn’t realize Love In Retrograde was a novella (rather than a novel) until I’d finished reading it, and so a fair portion of my thoughts on character development and world-building don’t quite fit in this review as I intended.
What’s left is a list of adjectives for the overall story – modern, slick, efficient – and an equal number of questions specifically about the plot, which unravels too fast for its own good near the end. There’s nothing really wrong with the MC(s), but save for one, they’re not particularly memorable either. I’m not sure how much of that can be attributed to the word count? I’d be interested in reading some longer works by the author to see if their writing style plays out better with more space to grow.
Bonus: The cover is gorgeous; just to my taste!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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