ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 when they’re together.
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.
Warning: Contains Good Old Boys, NASCAR references, a reluctant computer programmer, an enthusiastic gay virgin and gallons of sweet cherry pop. 9 out of 10 dentists agree it could be dangerously romantic.
Samantha Kane gives us plenty of reasons to get lost in Mercury, NC in this third installment of the Mercury Rising series. This is small town living at its absolute best! Similar to the previous two books, this story features a pairing between a local boy and a transplant from California; while that could become redundant, Kane keeps it fresh by once again writing unique character dynamics and a different angle. In other words, who’s in the relationship makes all the difference.
In this case, local boy Tripp Lanier, heir to the Lanier Construction empire, adds a bit of redneck flair and country charm to the situation. Tripp’s charming, endearing and, best of all, straight. Or so everyone thinks…but is he? Kane casts just enough shadow of doubt over Tripp to invoke suspicion about just what’s going on with our local hero.
A study in contrasts, Tripp befriends Ben Heston, the embodiment of every sexy, tech geek fantasy ever. Ben’s just your average guy, working for Turnstiles to help them open the new data and education centers. In addition to being a strictly temporary resident of Mercury, Ben’s dragging around a hell of a lot of emotional baggage. He’s still suffering the aftermath of a failed eight-year relationship that’s pretty much turned him off to any kind of commitment. His outlook on romance is bleak, and he’s definitely not open to the possibility of helping his new friend discover his sexuality. Not that he’s unsympathetic to Tripp’s plight, he’d just rather spare the hurt and heartache.
Tripp and Ben’s journey is all about finding yourself. Not that either is truly lost, but they’re definitely struggling to acknowledge parts of themselves that could allow them to move forward. Add to that a town full of well meaning, busybody gossips and you’ve got potential for a lot of complications. Watching them work through it – sometimes in front of God and everyone – is totally worth it.
RATING: BADASS BOOTS!