Title: Cherry Pie
Author: Samantha Kane
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
Cherry Pie is a Samhain re-release of an old Loose ID title. I never read the first incarnation, so I can’t talk to the improvements or changes made.
John and Connor are both screwed up. They both have issues that they need to work out before they can move forward in life. As the story starts, you think the John is the balanced one and Conn is the one that needs to grow, but as the story unfolds, and you slowly understand each of their backgrounds, you find out that may not be the case.
I never felt that I had a good handle on either character’s past, but that off-balanced feeling worked with this story. John and Conn are off-balanced with themselves and each other. They grow together slowly and have their share of issues because of each of their past hurts and issues. In the end, all of the loose ends are not tied up in nice little bows, and that helps the realism of the story. However, you know the John and Conn will make the best of what they have.
Cherry Pie may be a short read, but it isn’t quick or easy. I think it will be making an appearance on my re-read shelf.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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