Cherry Bomb (Mercury Rising #2) by Samantha Kane ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

cherry-bombTitle: Cherry Bomb (Mercury Rising #2)

Author: Samantha Kane

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/12/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Their spark could be too hot to handle…or bring a dying town back to life.

Mercury Rising, Book 2

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.
Product Warnings
Contains an inexperienced minister, gay comic-book role play, dirty dancing in antebellum mansions, and some very naughty fireworks. Protective gear recommended.

My View:

I totally fell in love with the people of Mercury, NC in book one of this series and it was the townsfolk who drew me into book two. Not that I wasn’t interesting in Brian and Evan’s story, but I was MORE interested in the teaser that the town would meddle and help them realize their happy ending. I was a bit disappointed that the town actually played such a minor role when the blurb implied they would be vital to Evan and Brian getting together.

But that was my only small issue and even without the town being big players, this story was well done and a satisfying read.

I LOVED the way this story had such great depth and emotion and that the writing was reflective of the overall tone. I loved that when Evan and Brain were together the tone captured their burgeoning love and utter confusion. And I loved that when the townspeople were involved, the tone was light hearted. I loved that the humor was not forced, but came from within the people themselves because it was in their hearts, minds, and behaviors. I loved the small town vs big city debates because I LOVED seeing how the southerners joked about their own crazy customs while still holding them sacrosanct. This town was just wonderfully small town but without that traditional small town bigotry and judgment. But at the same time, the small town customs and manners were unintentionally confining and I really enjoyed watching that dynamic play out and be evaluated for intent and ways to change.

Both Brian and Evan were wonderfully developed characters. They ended up being so much more than their outward shells indicated. Yet both men were trapped by the expectations of their shells and those expectations limited their lives thus far. Both men had room to grow and learn and adapt and it was because of each other that they realized how to achieve that growth. I loved that in the end they discovered who they were and decided to take a chance on changing their status quo. I loved that this really was just a beginning and that they author did not force a perfect forever into a situation that wasn’t ready for it.

I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I want to know how Trey fares and would love to see more of Evan and Brian as they continue to figure out their relationship.


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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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