Friday, September 19, 2014

Cherry Pie by Samantha Kane

Title: Cherry Pie
Author: Samantha Kane
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Mercury Rising #1
Main Characters: John and Connor
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
You can go home again—if you can get a foot in the door.
Mercury Rising, Book 1
A year after packing and moving from L.A. to Mercury, North Carolina, John Ford still hasn’t adjusted to the heat. Or to life without his long-time partner. As he fixes up the old house he bought, the quiet becomes his only companion, and he’s content with that—until a deep-voiced stranger plants himself under a tree across the street.
Eight years ago, Connor Meecham left someone behind in that house—himself. Now he’s back to find the man he used to be, before drugs and prison sent his life careening off the tracks. But it’s not his mother’s face peering through the window any more. It’s a man who seems as lost as Conn himself.
When John learns what the house—and the dying town—mean to Conn, he finds himself opening the door to his heart. Just a crack. But it’s enough to get mixed up in a world of emotions as complicated as the recipe for the perfect cherry pie. Where one misstep can turn something sweet and juicy into one hot mess.
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Contains a guitar-wielding, brooding Southern boy and a reclusive millionaire with a weakness for cherry pie and hot coffee. Excessive porch sittin’ and lemonade included.
My Review:
LOVED this book! This book is about two lost men starting over in life in this dying little North Carolina town of Mercury. 

For Conner this place represented home where everything was right in his life. Then he left, went to college, and his world flew apart...resulting in rehab and prison. Not exactly the all-American football hero who left this small town behind. After his release, he didn't know where to turn so he came back to the town and the house where he grew up. The house that was auctioned off when his mother died the year before. 

John bought the house on a whim...a whim built from grief, stress, and not knowing what to do with his life after his partner of ten years died in Afghanistan. John doesn't want to take Conner in but something about the man speaks to him and despite his criminal past he asks him to move in and help him fix up the house.

Both men are rebuilding and healing and doing it through rebuilding this house. But there are complex issues behind their histories and scars that don't just go away. The way that the author explored and exploited those problems was really well done. Overall, it was just one of those books that I was really happy that I read. 

The way that the story is put together is just so beautiful. These men have such a long way to go to heal, but they are doing it through each other and through this town. And this town with their visits to the porch eating cherry just made me smile. Even with Conner's checkered past, they embrace these two least most of them do. The book made me smile. The romance made me tingle. And the character arcs inspired me.

The book is listed as #1 in the series. I definitely want MORE...I hope that #2 is coming SOON!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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