Second Helpings – Charlie Cochrane


I’m thrilled skinny to be dropping in here as part of the Second Helpings blog tour. A million thanks to Penny Dreadful for having me as a guest.

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  • Title: Second Helpings
  • Author: Charlie Cochrane
  • ISBN13: 9781626491526
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published:  July 21st 2014 by Riptide Publishing
  • Format: eARC
  • Genre: MM/Contemporary Romance
  • Page Count: 140
  • Source: Publisher
  • Rating: B+

Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try?

Then he gets a phone call from Isabel’s son, Paul, who wants to check out whether or not Mr. Collins is good enough for his mother. During dinner together, though, they end up checking out each other. Trouble is, Paul’s got a boyfriend—or maybe he doesn’t, since the boyfriend’s supposedly giving Paul the push by ignoring him. Or maybe Paul just wants to have his cake and eat it too.

Honesty with each other is the only way to move forward. But maybe honesty with themselves is what they really need.


Second Helpings was a lovely tasteful romance. Depressed and lonely following his partner’s untimely death a year prior Stuart is unsure if he will be able to move on.

Leery of the blossoming relationship between Stuart’s father and his mother Paul calls to vet his parent’s suitor. Despite the tangible chemistry between them neither Paul or Stuart feel ready to move forward in their lives together.

I enjoyed this story, the characters and plot were well drawn. The conflict was plausible and never over wrought. Second Helpings was an enjoyable literary respite that leaves the reader happy and thinking that a cuppa and a Charlie Cochrane is an ideal way to spend an afternoon.

Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries.

Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, and International Thriller Writers Inc., with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes Books, MLR, and Riptide.

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