Title: Cherry Popper
Author: Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year: Victoria Quinn 2/5/19
Length: 181 Pages
Series: Cherry #1
They call me the Cherry Popper.
Because there’s only one kind of woman I like to screw.
I pay top dollar for the experience. And sometimes women don’t want me to pay at all.
I get off to their tightness, their tears. I get off to the drops of blood on the sheets. All men have fantasies…I just happen to be rich enough to fund mine.
When Monroe comes into my life, she has a hefty student loan that she can never pay back. On top of that, she’s responsible for paying for her mother’s cancer treatment…even though she lost her anyway. Suffocating in debt, she doesn’t have many options.
To sell her virtue to the Cherry Popper.
I feel like i continue to get sucked into the worlds that our author Ms Quinn take us into, and that’s such a nice thing given the stresses of my daily life. In this instance, we have two character that haven’t had it easy for a variety of reasons, who find each other through odd circumstances and realize that what they’ve been doing to survive thus far isn’t the ideal.
We meet Monroe early on – she’s the main leading lady here – a girl who’s trying to make a name for her self professionally, while also trying to dig herself out of the hole that she’s in financially because of both her education and for a treatment that she had hoped would work to save her mother’s life. Sadly, her mother passed and she’s stuck with this $450k bill that is a reminder she will carry every day of her life until it’s paid off that her mom couldn’t beat the odds. On top of that, she’s paying off student loans that were taken out in the hopes of learning more to get a better job and she questions that choice every day of her life.
When a friend tells her how she was able to make a quick $100k by selling her virginity, and she realizes that the man who’s paying is young, attractive and worth the effort, she takes the leap and tracks him down. Her methods were unconventional and not at all what Slate (our leading man) is used to, and that’s what changes the trajectory of the story completely.
Enter Slate, the man who pays for girls virginity, for a variety of reasons. We learn that he’s been burned by love and family in the past and needs to have control so that he can protect his heart. Because of this, he won’t allow any woman close enough to get in, and he won’t ever do repeats. He’s able to get what he needs, and provide these girls with the best first time memory that they can desire and it’s a win win since they’re compensated nicely for it.
If only it were that easy right? This is where out story goes off the rails, and not in a bad way. Monroe essentially is a tease since she agrees and then stops at the last moment. She does this a few times and while that should irritate Slate, it makes this into an idea of conquest. It becomes about the chase because he realizes (even if he won’t admit that he does) that there’s something more here, that he enjoys Monroe’s company and that he’s attracted to her more than any other woman.
We get on the roller coaster from here with them. watching how things seem to go on the right path to form a real bond, and then we see how that crashes and burns and how Monroe’s innocent mindset of what this could be is proven wrong. We’re accustomed to how this story plays out as it’s the norm in the genre – the man makes it clear what he’s looking for and what he’s not capable of giving, yet the girl thinks that she’s able to change his outlook on life. When she’s pushed away in a cold way, there are two choices, wallow or pick yourself up, and knowing Monroe the way we do, we know she’ll pick herself up. The way that plays out for Slate though will be interesting to watch.
The other plot line that we watch from here out though is that of Slate’s family. We know that his brother is marrying the woman who burned him in the past, and that’s what started all these actions. Slate knows that Simone is only after their money and his brother won’t recognize that. We have to watch to see what tricks have to be pulled and how this plays out to see if there’s any hope for Slate to have his happy ending as well.
So on that note, we’re left broken hearted on one side of the coin, hopeful for the future on the other, and completely engaged to see how romance, passion and fear will translate into a conclusion for this duo. Enjoy!