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review 2018-01-13 16:09
... Cherry Pop (Mercury Rising Book 3) Samantha Kane 4 Star Review
Cherry Pop (Mercury Rising Book 3) - Samantha Kane

It was supposed to be for fun. But his kiss said forever…

Ben Heston followed his job from California to Mercury, North Carolina after his boss fell head over heels, crazy in love. Ben welcomes the change at first, still reeling from a bad breakup. The move is meant to be temporary. That is, until he meets Tripp Lanier.

Tripp was born and raised in Mercury. His family owns a local construction business and he’s next in line to take over. But as much as he loves his family and his job and his little hometown, there’s something missing in his life. When he meets Ben, he realizes what that something is.

Tripp is ready to embrace his newfound sexuality with the object of his desire. Ben, not so much, because he doesn’t believe Tripp is really gay. But Ben can’t resist the chemistry that explodes between them whenever they’re near.

Ben begins to love all the things Tripp loves about Mercury: night trains and tall trees, family, friends and sweet Cherry pop. Just when Ben begins to think he might be Tripp’s Mr. Right his past comes calling and old hurts and new fears might be the one thing that could keep them apart. 



I really love this series and I so hope there will be more.


Ben's and Tripp's romance is wonderful. Tripp is steadfast and Ben is adjusting to believing in a happily ever after. They are both great characters and this is a good love story with just enough conflict and a whole lot of I really like you and sexy times.


The small town is still winning as is the circle of friends.


A delight and a comfort read. 

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text 2017-03-19 00:43
Sailor Moon binge
Sailor Moon the Novels: A Scout Is Born - Stuart J. Levy,Naoko Takeuchi
Power of Love - Stuart J. Levy,Lianne Sentar
Mercury Rising (Sailor Moon) - Lianne Sentar,Naoko Takeuchi
Sailor Moon the Novels: Mars Attacks - Stuart J. Levy,Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Scouts on Film - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Eternal Sleep - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar
Cel Mates: 7 (Sailor Moon the Novel) - Naoko Takeuchi;Lianne Sentar
Diamond's Not Forever - Naoko Takeuchi,Lianne Sentar

I'm behind in my challenge this year from all the illness. So, I'm sort of cheating and knocking out these Sailor Moon books. Each book has 3 "episodes". They are pretty decent for being junior novels. The second one had a few grammatical errors, but other than that, they seem true to the comics. Very 90s. But cool. They are making some references that make me cringe, like Furby and CK and Hilfiger. Wow. Blast from the past.

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text 2017-01-15 07:05
Blog Tour w/Review - Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie (Mercury Rising Book 1)

by Samantha Kane



Date of Publication: September 16, 2014




You can go home again if you can get a foot in the door.


Mercury Rising, Book 1


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.


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.


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John stood there, his back to the street, his arm straight out as he held the door, waiting.


He heard the guy cross the street and open the front gate. The slap of his shoes on the concrete changed to a graveled shuffle when he hit the path from the sidewalk to the porch. At that point John simply walked away. He moved off and went to the kitchen, not sure why he’d left him to enter the house on his own.


John leaned his ass against the kitchen counter, right in front of the sink. He could see straight through the house from here, right to the front door. The stranger came in and wiped his feet on the small rug in front of the door. John had to smile. At least he’d been raised properly. Idly John wondered if there had been a rug there when this guy’s mom owned the house.


He pulled the hoodie off and looked up to see John watching him. He had dark blue eyes and brown hair, wavy and thick. That was a nice head of hair. Bastard. John had always wanted hair like that.


May I come in?” he asked. His manners should have seemed out of place, but instead they somehow added depth to the picture he made standing there in his tattered clothes with his thick, messy hair.


John waved a hand in front of him like Vanna revealing the letter of the day. “Be my guest,” he said politely. “You wore me down.”


He was a big one. Taller than John by several inches, he barely cleared the low doorframes of the old house. His shoulders were wider than they ought to be, as if they used to belong to someone who had more bulk than this tall, lean young man. John watched him as he turned and closed the front door, producing a quiet snick in the heavy silence. He set a raggedy gym bag down on the floor.


When he turned back to John, he rubbed his palms nervously on his thighs. “Thanks for letting me come in.”


John tipped his head. “What do you want?” He was merely curious. He found himself strangely detached today.


Just to look around,” he said in rush. “I swear. I just wanted to see the old house. I’ll leave soon.” He had a thick accent. Swear came out more like sway-eh. It was a good thing John was getting proficient in the local lingo.


You waited outside for days just to look around for a few minutes?” John was skeptical.


His visitor smiled, and all vestiges of youth fell away. “This old place has got a hold on me, you know?”


John shook his head. “No.” And he really didn’t. He’d never been that attached to any place. Only one person, and they’d never had a place.


The stranger shook his brown-haired head with pity, or perhaps regret. He didn’t say anything, just looked around. John could see the memories swirling through his blue eyes. But he revealed nothing. John watched him walk slowly around the living room, trailing his hand along the wooden chair rail absentmindedly. He yanked his hand back suddenly and wiped it on his pants again, as if he was afraid he was leaving a stain behind.



About Samantha Kane:


She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA's erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.


Samantha Kane has a master's degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter


Reviewers have called Samantha Kane "an absolute marvel to read," and "one of historical romance's most erotic and sensuous authors." Her books have been called "sinful," "sensuous," and "sizzling."

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review 2017-01-15 01:57
Cherry Pie - Samantha Kane

Connor comes back to his hometown.  Things are different.  All that he had is gone.  Can he start over with a stranger watching?


John moved to this small town after losing someone special.  He needed a change and he needed it quick.  Buying and renovating an old home may keep his mind busy a while.


This story was nothing like what I was used to.  Kind of slow, like the town it is based in.  The characters were good together, and you cannot help rooting for them.  In the end I realized this story was like a warm sock.  It slithers around your skin and makes you feel warm.  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-04-26 06:08
Cherry Pop (Samantha Kane)
Cherry Pop (Mercury Rising Book 3) - Samantha Kane

3.5 stars

Ben Heston (no relation to Charlton Heston *lol*) is 'dragged' into Mercury because his boss Brian Curland asked him to help set-up the new data center of the company. In the beginning Ben is determined not to fall in love with the small-town's charm -- including in form of born-and-raised young Tripp Lanier. For Ben, he is Los Angeles. He is just waiting to go back to L.A. after finishing his job at Mercury. But Ben slowly realizes that maybe he doesn't really have anything to go back to, and that Mercury is giving him what he has been missing all this time....

I devoured small town romance in MF Contemporary - along with the quirks of the people, even if I know that it might be romanticized for the same of the genre. However, I didn't find it as much in MM romance. Maybe because small towns are usually painted as full of homophobic and bigots, and the gay MCs ended up leaving the small town to flourish in the bigger city.

So I truly welcome what Mercury, North Carolina offers in this series. Here's a small town that ends up attracting the rich men from the big cities. I LOVED Tripp's family and friends -- Tripp's parents are the best! I loved the gossipy diner, where news came down the vine as quick as the speeding bullet. I loved that people could be nosy about Ben's and Tripp's not-really-boyfriend relationship :)

To be honest, some of the arguments/topic here sounded, well, outdated for someone who have read so many MM romance stories like me. The whole "how do you know you're gay, maybe you just haven't found the right woman yet" or "you have not done anal sex, so you're not gay" or "you're still young, maybe you're still discovering sexuality" yada yada yada.

I can imagine this story might frustrate readers (or at least a couple of my friend), though. But maybe I was in a good mood because I found these discussions between Tripp and his best friend, or Ben's reluctance to define his relationship with Tripp mostly as amusing. Besides, I loved it when the younger man was the one wearing the older man's personal armor down *lol*.

So yeah, bring more stories from Mercury, please. How about Trey the Hollywood hottie with Carver the single Dad?? Because you know, Hollywood Star and a little girl sounds fabulous, right?

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