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Love in Retrograde

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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
ebook, 73 pages
Published May 11th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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3.5 Stars

Love in Retrograde has a really cool science fiction premise, in a top-secret (can’t-even-discuss-details-about-plot-or-characters-in-a-review-without-giving-away-spoilers) kind of way.

I liked this for what it was, but boy did I want more. I guess I’m just greedy like that.

In brief, this story follows an ambitious scientist intern named Kelly, living and working in futuristic New London, as he finds himself suddenly entrenched in and dealing with the questionable moral ramifications of
I am going to try my best to not give spoilers here and it's going to be tough. I can't even talk about the second MC without giving things away that I think you should read for yourself, so...well, here goes.

Kelly Sutton is a young intern on Project Mars. And even though he has no real idea what the project is really for, he believes the party line about it being for the benefit of humanity. Everyone working on the project is only told what they need to know for their particular tasks, so no on
This was cute. A little rushed with the ending, but still a sweet sci-fi romance. Kelly and Mars seem like an unlikely couple, which yeah!, Mars was created in a lab. But Mars is a caring person, yes person, who wants to do what's right. His "owners" have other ideas and want to use him as a weapon. But Kelly to the rescue! I found the ending a little unbelievable and not 100% satisfactory. What are Mars and Kelly going to do for money? Won't Kelly be bored on an island? I mean, he is a scientis ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I´m SAD :(

This starts so perfect!!! Wonderful surroundings, characters, interesting plot, and humor!!!
But suddenly… all is ending and What had happened? I DON'T KNOW.
All is so abrupt and confused :(
I think this could be a great book if it was longer with a slower development ~
2.5 *
Arch Bala
Mars and Kelly are just the cutest ever! This is definitely a classic Charlie Cochet style! I loved the super adorable characterization. The usual Dex/Sloane characters formula is everything! I loved Mars and how he ‘fell in love’ with Kelly even before meeting him. What a precious AI-hunk! The whole story was quick but it doesn’t feel rushed. Now, I really want to read the story of Lucius and Jordan so I hope Charlie’s planning to write one.

Joyfully Jay
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

So this is a book where there is a limit to what I can talk about without giving away some basic spoilers about the story and the other hero. This stuff is revealed fairly early on, but still there is an element of surprise to the story, so bear with me as I am going to be a bit vague and use some spoiler tags.

I liked the set up here with Kelly an enthusiastic intern thrilled to be on this major project, only to find out that everything he believed about it is a l
Serena Yates
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, gay, futuristic
Passionate scientists can be dangerous for many reasons, and some of them are explored in this entirely possible futuristic story. Between Kelly, a highly motivated intern who wants nothing more than a career as a scientist, and his discovery of what is going on behind the closed doors of the lab he works in, there is enough suspense to keep things interesting. Kelly’s fervent belief in “science for science’s sake” is thoroughly tested, and when he ends up in the fight of his life instead of bec ...more
WOW! Simply OUTSTANDING! Near midnight I realized I can't sleep so decided to start reading this one. I was actually afraid to start.. I don't usually like Sci-Fi (novels, movies, etc) but as I'm going through Charlie's booklist I decided to give this one a go and I'm so glad I did! I couldn't and wouldn't put this one down until I finished. WOW. What an emotional ride. It was SO not what I was expecting, though I'm not even sure what I DID expect.

I have very little I can say about this novel n
Serena Yates
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, read-2016, futuristic
Passionate scientists can be dangerous for many reasons, and some of them are explored in this entirely possible futuristic story. Between Kelly, a highly motivated intern who wants nothing more than a career as a scientist, and his discovery of what is going on behind the closed doors of the lab he works in, there is enough suspense to keep things interesting. Kelly’s fervent belief in “science for science’s sake” is thoroughly tested, and when he ends up in the fight of his life instead of bec ...more
2.75 Stars

A sci-fi fluffy love story set in New London, as in London in a New World after the collapse of the Old World (DUH!) due to global corrupted government and economic failings.

Riddled with scientific stuff phrasing (bio-whatever, nano-whatnot) that my poor brain struggled to understand (never an A-student in science-class); and mashed up of retro 1950s movies and songs; this brought an insta-love between a young science intern and the gentleman project. Uhm... I don't seem to make any s
Well ... can't really say much about this novella because I don't want to ruin the reveal. I would have liked to see these themes in a full-length book because so many elements were either "wait ... what?" or very lightly developed. Not a lot of romance or character development of the MCs. 2.5 stars.

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I don’t know why but I thought this was going to be steampunk; it isn’t. It is a thought provoking, albeit shortish, story that raises questions about the nature of sentience and humanity; although maybe I was just in the mood to consider deep questions. On the negative side there seems to be a lot missing, as if the author’s muse got ahead of her and then the editor was snoozing.
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2016-reads
This was a sweet and creative novella by author Charlie Cochet. I’ve read many of Charlie’s books and I’m always left feeling happy and entertained.

Love in Retrograde is a little sci-fi meets real life. The concept isn’t far off of a world that someday will be real. Kelly is an intern, and Mars is… well Mars is special. I loved Mars’s innocence mixed in with his understanding and what he’s been taught.

Great small ensemble with this story. I referred to them in my head as Kelly and Mars’ team l
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While short and unconventional, I found this story a lovely escape and a beautiful little love story.

Kelly is an intern working for Project Mars. The world changed when governments collapsed and corporations took over, but everything has been for the better. Now science rules and people do things for the betterment of mankind. At least Kelly believes that. However, his work on Project Mars has been hampered by not having clearance or learning what it truly is. When he does learn what Mars is, th
The collapse of failed economies and greedy governments usher in the Photonic Revolution, a conglomeration of technologies, and puts ambitious but introverted American intern Kelly Sutton on the highly compartmentalized team working on Project Mars. Intending to ask for a promotion, Kelly's reply is more than the answer he was looking for.

While this enjoyable, short, interesting and thought provoking premise was enjoyable and the ending a bit abrupt for my taste, this reader wanted more. This ex
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt, dreamspinner, 2017
I really enjoyed this futuristic sci-fi short. It was like entering an episode of the Twilight Zone. It was great and I loved the twists in the plot as the story progressed. Of course I would have loved it even more if there was more to tell at the end, but that ending was very much in keeping with the Zone.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi

Favorite Quote:
a multibillion-credit secret military project with feelings.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read

I really loved this book, the characters Mars and Kelly were entertaining and fun. The storyline was a little scary in s thought provoking way.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A short, fun read. I love Charlie Cochet's longer novels and sequels but when you want a quick fix, this one will do it!
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Disappointment

I was a little surprised by the story, but it actually makes sense right now. I loved how the story played out and Mars is the perfect guy.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, 2020
Quite good. Sci fi which I wasn’t expecting. I would have loved it if it was longer.
Tamsl Repa
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute but a rushed end.
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it

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 sec
Vanyel Kane
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a short story it sure covers a lot of ground. Might have been better as a longer story so as to explain certain aspects. A light fluffy story. Definitely would recommend.
3rd Re-Read Review July 2020:
Just as good the third time around as the first. I can't really add anything to my previous reads but I will say that the creativity and world building is absolutely brilliant for a novella. I mean, it's brilliant for any story but especially a novella where the pages and word count is limited. Charlie Cochet definitely knows how to set the scene and paint a picture with her words. I'm always a little saddened that Love in Retrograde is a one-off but then again perha
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Had this book not been authored by Charlie Cochet, I would have probably given it a pass. Sometimes I take a chance and try something new and I regret it. This time, fortunately, I am glad I gave it a try. I admit, it started out a bit slow for me and my head was spinning with all the nano this and bio tech that. I also admit, science is not my favorite subject and I was thinking I was in a bit over my head. Fortunately, once the groundwork was laid out, I was able to get past all the lingo and ...more
3.5 Hearts

Kelly is an intern hoping to advance his career by being part of Project Mars. After overhearing an argument between the two Doctors heading the project, Kelly is taken to the secure section where he discovers Project Mars is actually a human, biologically engineered to be a super-soldier. He does not expect to be confined to Mar’s living quarters, or start caring for this weapon.

This was a fun adventure/love story. As a novella it is a quick read, but the world building and character
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

4.5 stars

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 st
Denise Shirley carter
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, how do I write a review without giving away a HUGE spoiler for this book, like who the second main character is? Well, quite simply, I will have to keep it short and sweet, just like Love in Retrograde.

This was a futuristic story, with a young scientist who falls in love...with another man. :) They have adventures, and an HEA. So there you go. :)

In actuality, what happens is so crazy on par with what literally COULD happen in merely a few years. Charlie (as she always does) manages to create
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Novella: Love in Retrograde
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Sci Fi
Rated: Mature M/M

I just returned from vacation with an armful of books that I have read. I am busting to talk and share them with you. Charlie Cochet had just released her newest THIRDS novel, and I am saddened to say many might have missed this lovely novella….It might have gone by the wayside with all the THIRD hype. This would make me sad because readers and I might have been cheated not ca
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