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Love in Retrograde

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  60 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
Im 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
Amarilli Settantatre
2,5 Così così.
Questa storia parte bene, ma poi si perde per strada. L'idea di base è interessante (anche se abbastanza utilizzata in fantascienza), e i protagonisti promettevano bene.
Invece, dopo un inizio con intrigo, lo sviluppo diviene prevedibile, quasi piatto.
I sentimenti dei due sembrano una bozza, senza nessun approfondimento.
I dialoghi sembrano finti, tipo fumetto e molto sopra le righe. Ci si aspetta che da un momento all'altro uno dei due urli ai nemici: maledetti malvagi, non ci avre
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, futuristic, read-2016
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
Sara Emme
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breve ma molto carino!
Anita Bianchi
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In questo romanzo la Cochet cambia decisamente registro rispetto alla serie "Thirds": pur rimanendo nell'ambito dell'urban fantasy perde il suo lato divertente ed umoristico, regalandoci un'avventura più seria e riflessiva.
Kelly sa perfettamente che non dovrebbe farsi coinvolgere, emozionalmente parlando, dalla ricerca per la quale è stato scelto come scenziato ma al cuore, si sa, non si comanda...
Il racconto è un crescendo di scoperte e di interrogativi c
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.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto carina questa storia ^_^
Mathilda Grace
Die Geschichte um Mars und Kelly ist irgendwie eine Mischung aus seltsam und süß, weil sie so völlig ab von jeder Realität daherkommt. Ich würde es jedenfalls sehr merkwürdig finden, plötzlich monatelang mit einem mir völlig Fremden in einem Forschungslabor eingesperrt zu sein.

Dazu kommt, dass sie viel zu kurz ist. So bleibt alles ziemlich oberflächlich und wird oft nur angerissen oder gar nicht weiter erklärt, dabei hätte die Idee echt Potenzial für ein schönes dickes Buch gehabt. Sich als norm
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
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Romanticamente Fantasy
Kelly Sutton è un brillante stagista americano che, grazie ai propri meriti, riesce a entrare nella Photonic Royal Society di New London, ovvero uno dei baluardi mondiali di biotecnologia e nanoelettronica, coronando così il suo sogno professionale. La vita di Kelly è incentrata sul lavoro e ben poco gli rimane al di fuori della sua vita nel laboratorio, fatta eccezione per internet e il cibo da asporto. Ogni giorno lavora con grande dedizione a un progetto segreto, il progetto Marte, che coinvo ...more
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
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dreamspinner, glbt, 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 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.
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
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ero curiosa di leggere qualcosa della Cochet che non fosse Thirds e questo breve racconto fantascientifico me ne ha dato la possibilità. Il risultato? Mi è piaciuto davvero molto.
Probabilmente, la sua unica pecca è l’essere corto, anche se questa stessa brevità ha permesso di mantenere alto il livello di tensione senza diventare snervante. Il libro è composto di poche pagine, praticamente si comincia già un passo prima dell’apice e l’adrenalina e i colpi di scena non mancano, così come l’amore d
Grammy 1

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 catc
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