Ask Me to Stay by Kade

Bree, Zoe, Cara and Jessica are good friends. They will do anything for each other. This is Jessica’s story.

Ask Me To Stay
Against All Odds Book 3
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
April 2020

Jessica Valverde is an Los Angeles Police Detective. She is a badass and doesn’t take anything from anyone. She is working for a promotion. Alex Copeland, a uniform cop, is always asking her for a date. He is such a flirt, so she just ignores him.

Alex and Rex, his roommate, apartment is on fire. Luckily they were at home. He began evacuating the building. Soon help is on the way. His apartment is toast. Jessica invites him to share her apartment.

Things work out very well as their shifts are different. Jessica goes out on a routine call to identify a body found in an alley. Several detectives and Alex are on the scene. A drive by shooting occurs and her partner is killed. Jessica and a couple others were wounded.

Jessica and Alex settle in a fairly normal routine, but things seem to be changing. Alex is getting to her. She can’t have feelings for him. Alex is also looking at Jessica in a new light. Jessica doesn’t know how to handle this and ask Alex to leave.

Can Alex convince Jessica to give them a chance? Will they find true love together?

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to mature readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 89 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

Promise Me Always by Kade

Bree Jessica, Zoe and Cara are good friends. They would do anything for each other. This is Bree’s story.

Promise Me Always
Against All Odds Book 4
Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
April 2020

Bree kissed her husband Kevin goodbye in the morning and never saw him alive again. He was killed in an automobile accident. Bree is devastated, she can’t stop crying.

Someone is at the door. Before she can answer, Marco, Kevin’s friend comes in. He has always stayed with them when in town. Marco is an A-listed actor and starting to be recognized. Bree had not told him of Kevin’s death. He is dumbfounded and very upset that she had not notified him. What is he going to do without his brother? He moves in to help her.

Marco continues to go on locations for his movies. Bree is an EMT. Time passes and Bree is still not over Kevin. She has nightmares and calls out for not leave her.

Marco is having feelings for Bree, but she doesn’t seems to recognize them. Marco is scheduled to go to Africa to make a movie. He has had enough – he can’t compete with Kevin, a dead man. When Bree learns he is going alone, leaving her behind, she is devastated.

Will Bree finally see Marco for the man he is and admit she has feelings for him? Will they have a second change to find happiness?

I enjoyed the book and recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

The Surface by Scudiere

Gage and Jules have graduated and are enrolled at Stanford University. They are settled in their dorm and have made close friends. Suddenly everything changed.

The Surface
Black Carbon – Book #2
by A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
May 2020

It has rained for days. The water is rapidly rising to a dangerous level. The water is a weird color and something is definitely below the surface , but what?

Several students are missing. Search parties located body parts with strange marking. What is killing the students? Bull sharks are in the first floor of their dorm building. Where have they come from? Things are becoming very dangerous. It is time to seek higher ground. Jules had purchased floating boats. Getting them out of the building created a problem, but they finally got them out the window and were on their way. The route is extremely difficult as they have to stay clear of the sharks in the water.

Finally reaching the housing development above the college, they need to locate an empty house and food. They are attacked by bears and one member is bitten by a rattlesnake . Bears and snakes are not suppose to be in this location. What is happening?

Will the students survive and be rescued? Read the book to find the answer. You will enjoy it.

As usual AJ has written a page-turning book. I enjoy all her books and looking forward to her next one in the Carbon Book Series.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Steal My Heart by Kade

Cara and Walker are friends with benefits. They have “booty” calls when neither one is involved with someone else.

Steal My Heart
Against All Odds Book 1
By Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
March 2020

Cara is looking for the perfect man and Walker isn’t that person. Walker and Cara don’t have a relationship, it’s just sex.

Cara believes she has found the perfect man when she starts dating Clark. He is everything she has been waiting for – a guy who knows how to treat a lady. He takes her to the best restaurants. A perfect gentleman – not rushing her or trying to get her in bed. Walker tells her Clark isn’t who she thinks he is, but she doesn’t listen.

It’s Cara’s birthday and she is tried of waiting for Clark to make his move. Tonight she is going to seduce him. She will go to his apartment and surprise him. She is in for a rude awaking. Arriving at Clark’s apartment, she find him having sex with another woman. She is beyond shocked.

Clark apologizes and wants her to forgive him. He starts sending her flowers, jewelry, even asked her to marry him on the internet. He has become a stalker. She turns to Walker for comfort. He is the only one who will understand.

Will Cara recognize that Walker is her perfect mate? He fulfills every one of her requirements.

Great read. I enjoyed it and look forward to Savannah’s next book.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

8-Bit Bastards Level 2 by Mason

I’ve never zoned out so much during a book as I did with this.

8-bit Bastards Level 2
By Joshua Mason
Spectrum Audiobooks
December 2019

The idea of a retirement in virtual reality where you can do anything you want forever that gradually gets old is fascinating. The 8-bit Easter eggs and gaming mechanics is fun. But the characters were not interesting, IMO, and I never got to the point where I cared what was happening or if they succeeded. The story is not over in this collection and it ends abruptly.

Maybe this will get better as time goes on. I’m just not that interested in finding out.

The writing itself isn’t bad. The narrator does a good job. Production value is high and I loved the occasional sound effects.

I got this title as a giveaway, but not as a review copy.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Pilot X by Merritt

Pilot X may have ereased his own people from history. The question is: was he right to do so?

Pilot X
By Tom Merritt
Inkshares / Audible
March 2017

The story begins with Pilot X showing up at the Fringe Cascade, the furthest civilization from the cebter of the universe, to turn himself in for chamging the timeline and undoing his own people. As he tells his story, we hear it as well. And it’s very interesting.

Parallels to Doctor Who abound. Pilot X is from a time traveling people who are waging a secret war against two foes: a sentient robot looking race and a genocidal slug-like race that travels encased in


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

Divine Dungeon 1-4 by Krout

I first picked up the first book in the Divine Dungeon series, Dungeon Born, by Dakota Krout over a year ago. After struggling through it I gave up on the series and returned it. I never expected to go back.

Divine Dungeon, 1-4
By Dakota Krout
Mountaindale Press
2019

The problem I had was in understanding a cultivation story. I had misunderstood and mischaracterized this series and assumed it was LitRPG. It’s not, which lead to my frustration.

Dungeon Born, the first book, is about a dungeon. The soul of some poor retch was captured by a necromancer within a gem that became the dungeon. A wisp shows up and for most of the rest of the book, the story is about “Cal” learning to gather in magical resources and cultivate to level up. Why? To build more and more dangerous traps and creatures for the dungeon. Just describing it sounds dull. And even after four books, the truth is that a lot is dull.

I dont get the point of all the detail in the cultivation techniques used or even why the leveling system is so comlicated (it gets more and more as you progress from F to SS, and all the steps in between.) It’s clear that the author spent an incredible amount of time working through everything though.

After hearing so many positive reviews about subsequent books I picked up the rest of the series deciding to give this one more chance. After four book, I’m glad I did.

In the second book, Dungeon Madness, the second book, Cal’s wisp has been stolen by the necromancers. A dungeon that loses its wisp goes mad and Cal is on the verge throughout the book. New characters are introduced and the burgeoning town that has sprung up around the dungeon, Mountaindale, is growing. During this book, I thought the story with the dungeon may take a step back as we focuse on the cuty.

By the end of the third book, the relationship between Cal and Dale, the human “owner” of the dungeon, finally makes sense. And the story could have probably wrapped at the end of Dungeon Calamity and I would have been fine.

Instead, it continues in Dungeon Desolation, the first book where it’s clear that the author has bigger plans for where the story goes. No spoilers, but the ending is great!

The problem I have is that all of the really fun parts are interspersed between long tedious sections of cultivating. There is a war at one point where Dale decided to cultivate for real, I guess, and for most of the war all we hear about it seems is Dale cultivating. In my opinion, probably a third of each book could be condensed and tightened to keep the attention of the reader. It would have worked for me.

However I may have had some complaints, there are some parts that the author should get credit for. I wrote of the complexity, which is well developed, and the master plan in the series. I also appreciated that this book was clean, both in language and content. This means I can listen with my kids and I’m all about finding ways to encourage them and get them hooked on reading.

There is a fifth book, Dungeon Eternium, which I already bought and will read. I’d recommend this to readers who want intensely complex cultivating and an overarching development story included.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Everybody, Always by Goff

I’d heard so much good stuff about Goff’s Love Does (2012) with 3000+ reviews on Amazon with a 5 star rating! I was excited to get my hands on his follow-up book, Everybody, Always (2018), which also has a 5 star rating with over 1200 reviews on Amazon. With so many people loving these books, I was bummed to find that I had mixed feelings.

Everybody, Always
by Bob Goff
Thomas Nelson
April 2018

Before I get into the things I wasn’t enthusiastic about, let me first say that I listened to this audiobook read by Goff himself and it was excellent. Goff is clearly a true believer and his enthusiasm and story telling are outstanding. There is almost nothing in this book that I wouldn’t want people to emulate or attempt to do in their own life. But there are some thing I think Goff responds to by going from one extreme to the opposite extreme. From legalism to hyper grace, from in-your-face proselytizing to vague loving acts. I think at root here, Goff has too much faith in humanity’s ability and desire to be good and do good works. Let me give some examples.

Goff seems to believe that humans are inherently good. At one point he says that the difference between the sheep and the goats (Matt 25) was those who “just didn’t know what to do so they did nothing.” That is absolutely not what Jesus is saying here. Jesus is calling out a callousness of heart. Goff is making excuses for the goats. Which is it? The total depravity of mankind means that we are inherently selfish and sinful. We don’t always premeditatedly sin, but to say we sin only on accident is equally incorrect. We choose to give and love because He first loved us. Without this regeneration, we could do good things sometimes but we wouldn’t actually be good. So unregenerate people aren’t frozen by a lack of understanding how to take care of those in need. They don’t want to. Those are the goats Jesus is talking about.

He also focuses on good works without providing the reason why we are doing them (the hope that lies within). When I heard Goff say, over and over, that you don’t need to tell people about Jesus, but just love people like he did I recoiled. There are so many stories, like, how he sometimes buys 20 In-N-Out burgers and drives around giving them out to people who are hungry. This is a great story and I agree that it is definitely a loving and kind thing to do – something we are commanded to do by God. But the reason for why we should do this is where I’m confused and I think Goff is missing the whole picture. Why do we love people? Because Christ first loved us. Do we love only because of Christ? Do we love only when it’s a selling point for Christianity? Of course not. But why one or the other? Why not both? I wondered about the motive here. Is our motive to make the world less sucky? Or is it to point a dying world to the life-giver?

Goff says things that lead me to believe that the whole purpose of Christianity is to love our neighbors with good works “patience, kindness and understanding.” But nothing at all about making disciples. In case you think I’m splitting hairs, it’s not me! He keeps making division where none needs be.

“Knowing things about the Bible is terrific, but I’d trade in a dozen bible studies for a bucket full of love and acceptance. And truth be told, so would everyone around us.” Why not both? We learn to love by learning about God’s love for us, which is in the Bible. Studying the Bible is where we learn our purpose – and it’s not just kindness, patience and understanding. It’s also speaking truth, teaching others about God and the right way to live (disciplining).

Ironically, Goff continues to tell us to not tell others about their behavior and how to act yet his whole book is his attempt to tell us how to live.

Goff, to me, is an example of an overreaction to the hyper legalism of those who stand with signs and shake their finger at the sinful world around them. So turned off by the unloving attitude and behavior, Goff responds by going too far toward “loving” that they go from one rut on the side of the road, across the road to the rut on the other side. The narrow path is a razor’s edge that’s difficult to stay on. We have to avoid judgmentalism, legalism, finger pointing and disdain AND total affirmation of the unrepentant and good works.

One last thing. I was struck by was the overwhelming sense that Goff’s life is richer than mine and probably most of the people who would read this. I mean richer in the sense of he is clearly richer than the average reader. He buys cars and airplanes and houses whenever he wants. He travels half a million miles a year. He can do anything he wants. But I can’t and probably you can’t either.
For instance, he gets a collect call from a prison, which costs $9.95. He accepts that call at least three times in that story, then buys an ankle bracelet that costs so much that Goff says he “gasps and clutched his chest” but he pays it for a stranger. I tried to find how much that would by searching online and it looks like this was probably a couple hundred bucks to set up then maybe $10-20 a day. Goff said this bracelet costs him a “bundle.” This one story has Goff paying an unexpected several hundred dollar charge. The stories in the previous chapters where he rents airplanes or even buys a water airplane are even more. Can you afford this? I can’t. So as I listened I kept thinking that many of these stories were out of touch with average Christian.

This isn’t to suggest that if we get that call that costs $9.95 we shouldn’t accept it. We should. And we should give out food, donate to the Goodwill or shelters, volunteer time for charities and be kind to people we meet. It was that I was turned off by Goff’s generally expensive examples of these. It didn’t come across as encouraging, but discouraging. It felt like I was reading about the privileges of wealth were a guy tells us about all his extra time, extra money and perfect family with his daredevil sky diving and airplane flying son and his “Sweet Maria.”

Like I said at the beginning of this review, I liked the book for the most part. And if a reader hears and acts more loving then great! But I think this is a shallow Christianity that has more in common with the feel good Osteen faith than the real Gospel that focuses on not just making someone feel better in their sin, but helping them find life and relationship with Christ and feeling better about the freedom that they now have from sin.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

That Night In Nashville by Kade

Hailey had been having the time of her life until she saw him. Maybe it wasn’t him – couldn’t be – in a suit. Adam never wore a suit. He was back in Carroll Hollow ,Tennessee working in the factory. He turns and there he was – Adam Zucker. Maybe he hadn’t seen her. She would go to her dressing room and ignore him.

That Night In Nashville
Ticket to True Love
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
October 2019

Hailey had left Carroll Hallow to make it big in Nashville. She hadn’t yet made it, but she did have a record label – Heart Beats. She was performing at Nashville Brewer’s Festival and then going on tour.

Hailey and Adam were a couple back in high school with big dreams. Adam’s mother was very controlling, always fouling up things between Hailey and Adam. Hailey had left Carroll Hollow, leaving Adam behind. Now here he was -bigger that life – all her feelings for him came roaring back. When he came the dressing room, she was lost.

After spending time together, talking about what went wrong with their relationship, they discovered they had never stopped loving each other.

Can Hailey and Adam find happiness ever after the second time or will his mother once again foul up everything?

I really enjoyed the book. Highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Thor: Goddess of Thunder, Vol. 1

After hearing about Thor 4, I figured I had to read the origin of the Female Thor. After finishing this In not sure it makes much sense.

Thor: Goddess of Thunder, Vol. 1
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Jorge Molina
Marvel
May 2015

Thor is his name, not a title. Seeing a female character get his power through the hammer makes no sense as Thor has the power in him as a god. It also makes no sense for her clothes to change. Whatever, I guess.

Comics are comics. If you’re looking for a primer on the upcoming MCU film, this probably won’t work. Not just because the hammer is destroyed in the films, but also because so little is explained here.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

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