Title: Cherry Pie
Author: Samantha Kane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 169 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: 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.
This book has been previously published.
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.
Review: Cherry Pie is the first in the Mercury Rising Series. It was also previous published and has been reissued by Samhain Publishing.
Have you every started a story and just knew you’d enjoy the characters? This is one of those kinds of books for me. From the first page I was invested in the characters, in their stories and their journey. Cherry Pie is the story of two men who are both lost, alone and struggling with their own demons.
John moved to North Carolina after losing his long-term partner. Needing to get away from everything that was ‘theirs’, he buys the Meecham house, which needs a lot of hands on work, some paint, and someone that will cherish the home for years to come.
Conn Meecham comes back home to Mercury, North Carolina after more than 8 years of prison and a life he regrets. Everything around him has changed since he went in, including John owning his mother’s house.
These two men couldn’t be more different, yet in so many ways they’re very much alike. They’re both dealing with huge changes in their lives, including piecing their lives back together. This common tie pulls the two men together, along with their each being lonely, Conn needing a job and a place to live, and John needing help with putting the house back to rights.
This was a well-written, sweet, emotional and still very hot, character driven story. I really enjoyed both characters; however, I had a huge soft spot for Conn. I like ‘bad boys’, particularly reformed bad boys that find their way home. He was able to pull himself together, clean up his act and when he got home, nothing was left. His mom was gone, his home had been sold, and he had nowhere left to go. John and Conn were able to make a comfortable place for each of them to heal and fall in love with each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed their story and can’t wait to read the next in the series. I would recommend this for anyone that loves a good opposites attract story, or a story of two people that are lost and find a home with that special someone.
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