Love in Retrograde

LoveInRetrogradeAuthor: Charlie Cochet

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novella

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Blurb:  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.


Review: In this latest from Charlie Cochet, she’s written a story that may be set in the future but still retains the most important of all questions, future or not: are human relationships and emotions worth saving in a world that’s become more and more computerized?

Kelly is an American working on an international project that is set to make a real difference called Project Mars. He’s been on analyzing data on the project for about a year and has started to notice some anomalies. When he questions his mentor, Dr Lucius Bryant, about it, he’s told to just report the numbers, not analyze them…for his own safety. When he stumbles upon a late night conversation at the office between Lucius and Dr Jordan Skye, head of the project, he learns a little more about what’s going on. He also gets a new position, working directly with the project under Jordan.

What Kelly finds behind the project area’s big doors shocks and intrigues him. Inside the protected lab working side by side with Jordan, however, he begins to understand why the anomalies are occurring and starts to question the project’s real purpose. Why is something that was supposed to benefit humanity beginning to look like its real purpose is to control it? Kelly’s fear is telling him not to say anything, but his heart and his conscience insist he stop the project before it destroys lives.

Charlie Cochet has created a sweetly delicious tale that simmers to its unique ending with a happy ever after for all. Great read from an always fantastic author who knows how to create magic on the page. Thanks!

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