Note: This ARC was provided by the publisher via RockStar Lit PR in exchange for an honest review.
Cherry Pie is the first book in Mercury Rising, an M/M contemporary romance series set in the town of Mercury, North Carolina and penned by author Samantha Kane. The series opens with the story of thirty-five-year-old retired game designer and millionaire John Ford and twenty-five-year-old former Mercury golden boy turned ex-convict Connor Meecham. They're two very different men looking for the same thing--home--but find even more.
Having made millions creating a game that took gamers by storm, affording him to live more than comfortably for the rest of his life, and then losing his partner of a decade led John uprooting himself from California on the west coast to North Carolina in the east coast. For a year, he's been working his way through what locals call the Meecham House, refurbishing it in hopes of making it feel like home. Then he notices the young man across the street, constantly watching over the house, and once he allows Connor Meechum to enter the house he shared with his mother and now the house John owns, Conn enters John's life as well and both their lives change course.
Mercury Rising is an M/M romance series that I've been wanting to start reading for about a year now, and I'm thrilled I finally had the opportunity to do so now and to begin with the first book! This was a good read, one that saw two men finding love when and where they least expected it. John and Conn may not seem like they had a great deal in common--one made his millions designing a computer game, the other just making his way out of jail--but they both have issues and are currently looking for themselves and the idea of home. I liked the idea of John now owning the house Conn's mother once owned, and that this had more of a slow burn feel to it but still beginning with them dealing with the physical attraction before it then evolved into something far more intimate.
Both John and Conn suffer from a general lack of open and honest communication, with them jumping to conclusions or making assumptions rather than asking whatever questions need to be asked. They do end up getting around to that, but then had they done it earlier, feelings would have been spared. I enjoyed reading about their relationship, but I would have liked more emotion coming from them, especially John. There were a couple of times where it felt as if there was disconnect. Still, I liked the story and characters overall and was happy with how everything played out. This was the second edition of the book, having been originally released in 2011 under a different publisher, so I don't know if any changes were made. I'll definitely continue on with the second and third books in the series, especially with already one supporting character I'm curious about. Cherry Pie gets four stars. ♥
Date Read: 27 December 2016
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