Cherry Bomb is the second book in the Mercury Rising series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first book and was able to follow along with no problems. Even though this book was written well, the plot that was about two men—one of them being a pastor—falling for each other the minute they meet wasn’t very realistic. The story was not my thing. I might have been able to overlook this but the rest of the plot continued to be very unrealistic in my opinion. I never connected to either character and I wasn't invested in their relationship or their story. Cherry Bomb is one of those books written for a certain audience. There is nothing wrong with it; the book just wasn’t for me. I think if you're already a fan of Samantha Kane’s work then you’ll enjoy it.
Brian has a fast paced life in California but has gone to the small town of Mercury to start up a new business. He has friends there and they think it could be good for the community. Brian has no interest in the small town lifestyle and doesn’t expect to enjoy himself while he's there. No one is more surprised than Brian when he falls for the local pastor Evan.
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.