ARC Review: Cherry Bomb (Samantha Kane)

Brian Curland, CEO of Turnstiles, who also a good friend of John Ford (the millionaire who moved to Mercury in book #1) comes to Mercury with two purposes. On one hand, he is a bit curious about the town where he will set-up the new data center (thanks to John’s proposal) but on the other hand he also wants to check John for himself and probably drags his friend back to L.A.. When his car breaks down on the side of the road — dead zone, no signal — Brian encounters Evan Michaels, the openly gay minister of the local Unitarian church. Sparks fly between them, but Evan is not sure about wanting to have an openly known relationship, especially with one that will leave the town anyway.

Last year, I read the second edition of Samantha Kane’s Cherry Pie; a contemporary MM romance set at small fictional town of Mercury, North Carolina, and I loved it. So I was very excited when I found out that book #2 was on progress. When I saw this book was available at Netgalley, I requested it immediately, and Samhain was very kindly approved of my request.

For the most part, I really liked it. I think the charm of Cherry Bomb , for me, was that the ease of being with Brian and Evan. Sure, their attraction was instant, but it also felt believable. The chemistry was there. I also really liked how these two actually talked about things; including what they wanted and expected from their affair while Brian was in town. These two men didn’t really drown in drama (even if they said there was “drama”), I felt that they acted quite maturely despite their differences or obstacles that came their way. This includes Evan’s love to his hometown and the people who lives there which stops Evan from leaving Mercury.

However, I also didn’t love it as much as Cherry Pie, maybe because the story rolled down nicely but without a very emotional impact on me as a reader that made me completely cheering this couple; unlike the feeling that I had for John and Connor. I also kinda wish that the last chapter lasted a little bit longer, just so things felt more wrapped up.

I hope that Samantha Kane continues with this series. There’s potential! I mean, we still have Trey, Brian’s ex-lover of a Hollywood hottie. Maybe he could also settle down at Mercury!! Plus I want to see how Mercury really rises, what with Brian’s setting up his data center there which will brings economy to the small town.

RATING: 3.5 out of 5


The ARC is provided by the publisher for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



 Cherry Bomb
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: Mercury Rising, #2
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 63,189
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: January 12, 2016


ARC Review: Dangerous Territory (Cari Z.)

It took me a bit longer to get into the story but once that I did, I was immediately immersed with it. I thought the combination of Western (the story is set in Oklahoma Territories, the Dukedom of Louisiana, the People’s Republic of Texas) and paranormal element (we have various shifter tribes) worked really, REALLY well.

What I loved the most about this was that Cari Z. didn’t shy away from the repercussion of the hardscrabble lives as well as the dangerous journey that Carter and Rani took to get Carter’s cattles to the auction on time. The description of the harsh tracks of Mason Canyon, the viscious snakes with their venoms that threat both men and the cattles, and the hard storm, was vivid and riveting. There was one time when I had to cringe on both fascination and disgust (it had something to do with what Rani did to the snake) and another time I was feeling very sad when I imagined the scenery (it related to the storm aftermath for the cattles).

Although the story was short (only around 20,000 words) but the relationship was progressed nicely and in timely manner; it didn’t feel instant at all. It took time for both Carter and Rani to trust one another, with Rani being a shifter and Carter a human. So I became invested with their relationship as it went along. Cari Z. also kept Rani’s shifter shape until a bit later; which added a mystery element to it a little bit. It was quite an unusual animal, and not particularly indigenous to the area… totally not an animal I had in mind *laugh*

I did think that Carter sounded younger than his thirty years of age, and I would love to actually confirmed that Carter’s brother-in-law (and Carter’s sister) to get what they deserved, which means more pages would be nice …

I tend to enjoy Cari Z’s works and this one is another winner for me.


RATING: 4 out of 5


The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



26814604Title: Dangerous Territory
Author: Cari Z.
Genre: MM Western Paranormal
Collection: The Devil’s Land
Word Count: 20,000 words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: January 12th, 2016