Love in Retrograde, by Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
This one is kind of tough to review seeing as I can really only talk about one of the MC’s without giving the whole plot away, but I will try my best.
Intern, Kelly Sutton, is working on Project Mars, a project so secretive not even Lucien, his mentor, will discuss the details with him. In fact, without the highest level of clearance, anyone working on the project is only given enough details to complete their portion of the job – everything else is top secret. For the better part of a year, Kelly is working on his part of the project and sees his efforts as an important contribution to something that will have a huge impact on bettering mankind.
When Kelly starts to press his mentor for more responsibility, his efforts are rebuffed and, for his own protection, he is advised that it would be unwise to push for further information. But Kelly is eager to prove himself. He loves his job and desires nothing more than to be able to further his career and earn the respect of his mentor. But when he makes a fateful decision to stay late one night in order to talk with his mentor and seek out more information about the project, he finds himself caught up in something quite unexpected. Not only is Project Mars far more dangerous than Kelly originally thought, someone involved in the project has been carefully watching him. Suddenly, keeping his distance from the project seems like a good idea. But when it becomes too late to change his mind, Kelly finds that both his heart and his life may be in danger.
I would really like to see this story fleshed out into a full-length book. The story is quite interesting but it never really gives us a chance to see Kelly as a fully-rounded character. Plus, the romance angle happens so quickly that it’s difficult to become emotionally invested in it. This is where having the time to set the scene would have been really nice. As it stands, it just feels rushed. The other characters in the story, Lucien and Jordan (a researcher) are interesting in their own right and need their own story as well. I would have liked their backstory first because they are integral to the storyline and, let’s face it, hot scientists are, well, hot!
This was a pretty good story overall with a great premise. Hopefully, the author will consider giving us more of it one day because it’s definitely one that I would read.
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
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