3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book coming of age Contemporary Exploration Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers m/m Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Samhain Publishing Virgin

Cherry Bomb (Sequel to Cherry Pie) by Samantha Kane

release day review




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.

Product Warnings
Contains an inexperienced minister, gay comic-book role play, dirty dancing in antebellum mansions, and some very naughty fireworks. Protective gear recommended.


Brian is a mega-billionaire who goes to a small town in North Carolina to check on the new project for his business because one of his good friends lives in the rural town and because he’s feeling a bit at loose ends in life.

Along the road to the small town he breaks down and meets Evan, the town’s minister who helps him with his car. They have an INSTANT connection, but Evan is in the closet and Brian lives in LA so it can never work. Right?


I liked the self-discovery these guys had and appreciated their chemistry. I didn’t read book one, but for those who have the MCs from that book play a good-sized role in this book, as well.

What didn’t work for me were the so-called “obstacles” between these guys. First, Evan is known to be gay, his town totally thinks he’s amazing, nobody seems to give the other gay guys any trouble and he’s worried about having a boyfriend? If he just left it at being worried about splitting his time with ANYONE outside his job it’d been better because the guy is a total workaholic, but I didn’t buy that anyone would be anything but pleased to see him with someone he loves.

Two, Brian’s obstacle of living in LA … well, he’s a billionaire… there are things like jets and skype and … it didn’t resonate with me as a true hurdle.

So… I liked this very much, but it didn’t wow me nor did it really disappoint. It was good, well written, nice MCs, good chemistry… just maybe a bit unrealistic.

3.5 of 5 stars


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