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Cherry Pie (Mercury Rising #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  483 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Genre: LGBT Contemporary

John Ford packed up his life a year ago and moved from LA to small Mercury, North Carolina after the death of his long-term partner. He's been living in a kind of suspended animation, fixing up the old house he bought there, reclusive and alone. Until the day Connor Meecham appears.

Conn Meecham has returned home, only to find it isn't his anymore. S
ebook, 1st Edition, 143 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Loose ID, LLC
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
A nice, slow-burn Southern romance about an ex-con and a new-to-town rich boy. For some reason, I went into this story expecting something light. I was pretty far off base. This story is moody, with Conn and John both stumbling to find their way and both carrying heavy baggage.

Connor is back in town after a stint in prison, mostly due to consequences from addiction. He has a lot of personal demons, with his mother's recent passing and his troubled past relationships. John moved to Mercury, Nort
~*~*~*~*~ REVIEW OF NEW EDITION ~*~*~*~*~

Okay, first thing, this novella has been previously published with a different publisher about three years ago. I never read the first edition, so I don’t know how expanded or re-edited this version is. I can’t do any comparison. I definitely cannot give clues to those who have read the first edition whether getting this second edition is worth it.

I can, however, write an opinion of this one :)

After reading the genre for almost 6 years, I have grown sligh
I've not read a book by this author before, but have heard good things about her writing. When I saw this new release at Loose Id I took the opportunity to give her a try. I'm glad I did because this book was just delightful.

The story follows John, a guy in his thirties who, after losing his lover, decides to up-sticks from California and move to a grand old house in Mercury, North Carolina. The plan is to spend some time renovating the house and enjoying his very early retirement whilst putting
2.5 stars

I like Samantha Kane’s writing so when this m/m book came out I couldn’t wait to read it. One of the defining aspects of Kane’s books is how hot and sexy they are. Unfortunately Cherry Pie feels like a complete departure from any previous writing and comes across a little cold and unfeeling. There’s a noticeable lack of chemistry between the two men while money seems to solve most problems. I’m not entirely sure why these two men got together and just couldn’t really believe they were
Christi Snow
My Review:
LOVED this book! This book is about two lost men starting over in life in this dying little North Carolina town of Mercury.

For Conner this place represented home where everything was right in his life. Then he left, went to college, and his world flew apart...resulting in rehab and prison. Not exactly the all-American football hero who left this small town behind. After his release, he didn't know where to turn so he came back to the town and the house where he grew up. The house that
Stacey Jo
John moves from California to North Carolina after an apparent end to his relationship with Steve and a very broken heart. At first you wonder what happened to Steve but their past slowly unfolds. John bought an old "fixer-up" house and one morning Conner or Conn as we later come to know him as, shows up across the street watching the house. John finally talks to him and learns the house was Conn's mom's house and where he grew up. There are reasons he wasn't around to inherit it when his mom di ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This story was amazingly good. I expected to like it because I first saw it reviewed by Tom on Bear on Books blog, but I didn't expect that it would be as terrific as it was.

MC's Conn and John, both with very different, yet troubled pasts. It's a long slow climb for John who has to overcome emotional baggage and damage. Conn, though ostensibly more damaged when you first hear his circumstances, was already healing emotionally when he arrived in town and continues to grow and effect a change in
I found this one a little hard to get into at first, but it picked up and I enjoyed John and Conn's story. (view spoiler) I even found the first couple of sex scenes in keeping with the story, but again I found them over used, espcially the last one. I really hate having one chapter end and the next begin with an ongoing sex scene. Sorry just a personal niggle ...more
"Cherry Pie" definitely goes on my keeper shelf. I won't go into the details of the story, but I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a comfort read. There is just something about the North Carolina setting and enthralling dialogue between two somehow reserved characters that pulls you in and won't let you go until you have finished the book.
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 Sweet Stars!!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy Samhain Publishing via NetGalley

Sweet MM book about unexpected love and second chances.

John moves to Mercury, North Carolina to start over and lick his wounds. Once he's there he sees a stranger in front of his house who is also there to lick his own wounds. But for Connor he's also there to find himself after a lot of bad choices. So what better way then coming back home. The only problem is that home is not the home he left, now that John
Apr 29, 2011 Zabree rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Zabree by:
I wasn't feeling the chemistry. It was a bit cold. I didn't really connect to the characters either. I'm not going to read this one again.
Sweet, not to angsty, HEA.
A little Cinderfella.
I started out reading Samantha Kane's historical's and, for the most part, loved them. Historical's aren't much on my list these days, so I was thrilled to see a re-release of Cherry Pie. I had not happened upon Samantha Kane when it was originally published, so I was excited about a re-release :)

I grew up in North Carolina (Winston-Salem). And when I read novels that take place in specific locations, I try to hear the local accent in my head. It's weird, considering I spent nearly 20 years in N
2012 Review:

Yep, perfect. Just about perfect. In pretty much every regard. A really, really good book by an author who knows what she’s doing. Not smut, but not shy either.

Such a wonderful story. Both protagonists have their issues to deal with; both have their own ways of handling that; and it all comes together in a wonderful romance that does not require everything spelled out. ^_^

Man, I love good books.

It’s funny how long this book had been sitting in me to-read queue, always being pushed ba
~Lei ~  Reading Is An Adventure ~

Connor has come home to Mercury to find John in his family home that he bought after Conn's mother's death. Conn left Mercury eight years ago and hasn't had the easiest life through the life choices he'd made. John's licking his wounds after his 'partner' of ten years has died and John found out many uncomfortable secrets after his death and has left California and bought the house in Mercury wanting to make a fresh start.

This was an ok read, not too angsty even though both guys are licking thei
Tamika♥The Assassin♥
3.5 stars

I wonder if I purchased the second edition would it get a higher reading from me. I really liked it, I did feel like the editing was so disconnected. I always think I would have liked the backstory on both Johnny and Conner. We just seem to fall into a situation with them. I don't believe for one second I'm going to invite a stranger in to live because it use to his old house. That's so ridiculous. They didn't build or anything.

I have always like this book but this time around I love this book. I don't know what was different this time around, I mean the characters or the story hasn't change. I guess I was just in a great mood to read it. The age gap work for me because they didn't harp on it. The secondary characters were interesting and alive. The story was sweet and bit tough for them. This book is the perfect beach read not really a tearjerker for me. I love that they didn't go straight "I love you's". Overall they ...more
I was looking for a "comfort read" and this was recommended. It is a pretty good comfort read - but I found there to be quite a bit of tension and angst in it. The thing about this story is that it is pretty short but it is not simple.
Basically it's about two really screwed up guys (nice guys) that find each other through an unusual and somewhat unrealistic set of circumstances - and reluctantly fall in love. These two have huge baggage, I mean seriously gigantic baggage, and yet they work so we
Mandi Schreiner
I liked this one and believed in the HEA at the end. It took me awhile to get there though. I didn't feel the chemistry or attraction between these two at first. I thought Connor was a different kind of hero and I liked him a lot. He moves back to his small, southern hometown and faces not necessarily prejudice because he is gay, but because of his troubled (drug use) past few years.

I had a harder time with John..or just understanding his attraction to Connor. Nice supporting characters and I li
Joyfully Jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Oh guys! This story comes out of nowhere and hits you where it counts. I’ll be honest. For me it started pretty slow and there’s way more telling than showing and there was a point that I just about gave up, but then the author picks up the pace and turns the story around with some small town drama and big time secrets. Cherry Pie (no relation to the song, though I cannot get it out of my head now) is a story of two men on two different roads in life meeting up in t
4.5 stars for a contemporary gay romance.

I really enjoyed this book. First, John is a compassionate lead. He carries have the POV, and it's good to see him break out of the shell he's built around himself. He spent ten years as a monogamous partner to a closeted Army officer. This, in itself, wasn't the worst part, however. It was how--at Steve's funeral--John learned that he was the only monogamous partner in that relationship. Feeling betrayed, an unable to deal with his life in LA, he drives
Shelby P
Mar 01, 2014 Shelby P rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelby P by: Natālija
Shelves: m-m, new-to-me-author
This is my first read by Samantha Kane and I think she's known more for her M/F books. This book came highly recommended. I was expecting a better story than the one I got. This story could have been great but it wasn't.

Connor used to be the town hero as a football player but he lost his football scholarship, became a drug addict, and spent time in prison. Story starts when he returns back home. I have a ton of questions. Was Connor always gay? Was he out in high school? It seems that Connor ha
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
At first, John was so stand-offish that I wasn’t sure I was going to like him. As his character is revealed you realize that he is just protecting his heart and wasn’t aware he was being abrasive. When he finally admits to how he feels, you realize what a truly great man he is and how much capacity he has to love the right man. He moves to Mercury to find himself and get direction in his life.

When we first meet Conner he breaks your heart. He’s been through the ringer and literally doesn’t have
Vanessa theJeepDiva
I LOVE a romance that is centered around small town life. Mercury, North Carolina is that town. In fact readers come to find out that “Mercury makes pretty good glue” and it’s not from a factory that doesn’t exist there. Mercury has its own type of cure all for those that look. It’s a true slow down compared to what John Ford left behind (ran from) in L.A. John is still going through that adjustment when a stranger shows up at his house looking for something that John is pretty sure he won’t fin ...more
Blackravens Reviews
A Recommended Read! Cherry Pie is a beautiful book with characters to love and a story that has just enough conflict to work through to make you hope for the HEA and rejoice with them when it arrives, even if it is packaged a little differently than you may have expected. To view this review in its entirety please visit
Interesting story that had me alternating between liking the characters and not.. Wasn't as bad as a couple of reviews I read but didn't get 5 stars as I felt like it got a wee bit hurried in one or two places. For the most part though it was really good.. to have me flicking between warring feelings with the characters is always a good sign.
Amelyn Randall
So glad I bought this book!

Oops! This was supposed to be my first read and review for Netgalley, but apparently I have something to learn about archive dates. I missed my free download by one day. Sigh. What is a good professional reader to do? Why, I bought the book myself because I wanted to read it! So glad. So glad.

What a beautiful story of second chances, the lifelong potential of new friends, the wonder of new lovers, and the close-knit community of a small town. This is the first book I'v
Guilty Pleasures
Paige‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews


Review copy provided for an honest review

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Despite coming from different walks of life, John and Connor were able to forge a friendship. I loved watching the growth in themselves and their relationship.
I thought they were well written characters. Both had flaws that they were afraid to share with each other. I loved the vulnerability that each showed. It made them real and I was lost in their worl
Oct 26, 2011 Snowtulip rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Sarah
Shelves: own, m-m

This was an enjoyable read that grew on me throughout the book. I loved Conn's quiet strength and was so curious about what his life back in town would turn out to be. John seemed like a perfect fit for Conn, they just worked. This was just a simple sweet read, without much drama or plot twists.
John Ford is lost. Oh, he knows where he is physically. He is in Mercury, NC, a small town he moved to from LA several months ago. About a year ago, Ford’s long-term partner, Steve, had been killed while on military assignment to Afghanistan. And when multiple lovers – both past and current – showed up for Steve’s funeral, Ford lost his self. The exclusive relationship that Steve had declared he had with Ford was anything but, and Ford had unknowingly lived a lie for years.

Now, in Mercury, a tow
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Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.

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