Title: Cherry Pie
Series: Mercury Rising ##1
Author: Samantha Kane
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: 16 September 2014
You can go home again—if you can get a foot in the door.
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.
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.
This was a lovely small town m/m romance, just the thing for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
John Ford has recently moved to Mercury after driving through some years ago and always promising him and his partner they would settle here one day. Now he finds himself on his own in a new town but he knows he is where he should be. He now spends his days on fixing up the house he has just bought. It was then that John noticed the young guy sat opposite the house just staring at it.
Conn Meecham is back in Mercury to rediscover himself after being lost and having been down the wrong track of life. Coming home to discover his mother has died and the family home sold he comes across the new owner, John.
This was a lovely slow burn romance which covered two of my favourite tropes – small town romance and age- gap. I loved how the gradual camaraderie between John and Conn moved to a budding attraction to a lustful then loving joining. There were the usual bigots bringing in the dark of the story but it wasn’t too much in this book and only down to one person in the town. This was a refreshing change from other reads that tend to focus too much on the hatred rather than the love.
There were some heart wrenching moments that both men went through but worked through them together and I liked how the misunderstanding was not dragged out.
I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend. Four stars.
Meet The Author
Reviewers have called Samantha Kane "an absolute marvel to read," and "one of historical romance's most erotic and sensuous authors." Her books have been called "sinful," "sensuous," and "sizzling."
She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA's erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.
Samantha Kane has a master's degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter