Title: Cherry Bomb
Author: Samantha Kane
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Mercury Rising #2
Main Characters: Brian and Evan
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Officially, Turnstiles CEO Brian Curland is in Mercury to set up a new data center. Unofficially, he’s using this trip to re-evaluate his life, because for a man who has everything, he’s feeling pretty empty.
He could buy any car he wants. But no, he had to rent a piece-of-crap Chevy—which is now broken down on the side of the road. When he’s rescued by a sexy local, Brian does what he always does. Go for what he wants, even if it’s just temporary.
Evan Michaels stops to help because that’s what good guys do. He grew up in Mercury, eventually becoming minister of the local Unitarian church. Though everyone knows him, being gay and being in a gay relationship are two different things. He wants Brian, but their affair has to be secret or he can’t play.
When Evan unleashes his long-suppressed sexuality, Brian is more than up to handling the heat. Yet even though they fall hard for each other, it might take the whole town to convince them it’s a forever kind of love.
Contains an inexperienced minister, gay comic-book role play, dirty dancing in antebellum mansions, and some very naughty fireworks. Protective gear recommended.
I forgot just how much I loved the first book in this series. But within just a few pages of starting this one I remembered and this one is just as good.
This book is about a very unlikely duo. Evan is the Unitarian minister in Mercury. He's openly gay, but doesn't ever date or even hook up. While his being gay isn't a secret, it's not a good idea for him to engage in random sex in this very small town. So he does without...and works out instead. Needless to say, Evan is in really excellent shape...LOL.
Then there's Brian. He's been on-again/off-again with Hollywood's A-list hunk, but it's just a friends with benefits arrangement for these two. But Brian is used to being in the spotlight. As a good-looking, single, billionaire, he's big news. He's in Mercury because he thinks he can bring his other friend, John (one of the heroes in CHERRY PIE), back to California and away from this guy he has some sort of crush on. Brian soon realizes that nothing is as easy as he envisioned when he set out to Mercury, NC.
I don't normally quote books, but there were a couple of quotes in this book that were brilliant. This is one at the beginning from Trey (the actor) when he's talking to Brian as he goes into Mercury...
"I told you something like this would happen. Hapless billionaires have no business suddenly dropping everything to fly off to some Godforsaken corner of North Carolina. That's how Stephen King novels start."
There were tons of great quips like that which left me laughing out loud...even in the middle of highly emotional scenes. The cast of characters were fabulous, including a lot of John and Connor, the couple from the first book that I loved so much.
There is so much to love about this book. Both these guys know that there's no way their relationship can work. They are from completely different worlds and there's no way those can ever mesh. But their chemistry is explosive (like a CHERRY BOMB) so they are willing to accept the time that they have. But just that makes this book heartbreaking. There were several passages where my eyes filled with tears because they both just accept that they can't have more...and that's just sad. Neither one has a very fulfilled life as is...they are both so lonely...it's palpable on the page.
Brian said it best..."Sometimes, even when we know it's bad for us, we have to do something stupid just to feel our heart beat faster and our palms sweat." (heart breaking...sob)
It was just so good. I highly recommend this book. It easily can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend both books in the series. Luckily, there's a third one coming. Please, I'm really, really hoping that it has Trey in it. He's so unhappy. I need him to have an HEA too.
Now I need to do a re-read of CHERRY PIE. I just wish it was available in paperback so I could have a copy of it on my keeper shelf alongside my paperback copy of CHERRY BOMB that I preordered after I read my ARC.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.