Title: Cherry Bomb
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: Mercury Rising #2
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Available: Jan 12th
Their spark could be too hot to handle…or bring a dying town back to life.
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.
Warning: Contains an inexperienced minister, gay comic-book role play, dirty dancing in antebellum mansions, and some very naughty fireworks. Protective gear recommended.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
Both this author and this series are new to me, but I was intrigued by the gay minister in the blurb – and I’m so glad I was, because this is an adorable read about a supremely good guy and a billionaire whose life is about to change beyond all recognition.
It would be easy to dislike Brian, because he’s self-absorbed, pretty selfish and very spoiled by his billionaire lifestyle. Not that he’s a brat, because he’s worked hard to get where he is and definitely deserves his success, he’s just forgotten what normal means. Until he meets Evan and has his head turned so thoroughly he doesn’t know where he is anymore. Despite all of this, I actually really liked Brian – mostly because of the way he treats Evan as a person, nor just a minister, and even though he sometimes struggles with what Evan is, he also likes the man too much to let anything else get in the way of helping Evan accept himself and have fun.
As for Evan – he’s lovely. Not just a minister but a man with a calling. Yet he isn’t all preachy and holier-than-thou, he’s just a good man looking after his community, because that’s who he is and what he does. He isn’t judgemental or arrogant, and I loved how he changed Brian simply by being himself. I also really loved how Brian changed him in return without really trying. They are an excellent match, allowing each other to only be themselves when they are together, leaving the world and all their responsibilities behind without guilt, judgement or expectation. Adorable.
Of course, being who they are, there are many obstacles between them. Not least the well-meaning meddling of certain friends, the expectations and pressures of a small town on the verge of dying, and their exceedingly different lifestyles. Yet because these two are both great communicators and leave very little left unsaid, this isn’t an angsty, high-drama kind of read. It’s measured and thoughtful and rolls along at its own pace. It also has moments of scorching chemistry too, but I loved it just as much for its sweetness and the simple love between two men that couldn’t be denied.
In all I really enjoyed this one, and will definitely be catching up with the first book – Cherry Pie – soon. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the series turns out.
Cherry Bomb is out January 12th!
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