Category Archives: Romance & Chick Lit

Fiction about character’s relationships, or engagements (a story about character development and interpersonal relationships rather than adventures). The majority of Romance feature the mutual attraction and love of a man and a woman as the main plot, and have a happy ending. Chick Lit can include romance but focuses on all relationships not just romantic ones.

Enhancer by Kane

A loser every-guy works as a janitor and tech at a local club and has no hope for the future. Then two superpowered men fight to the death right in front of him, one of them with his dying words telling the lower to take a device from him and run. Ty does and joins the ranks of superpowered.

Enhancer
Enhancer Book 1
by Wyatt Kane
Grave Audio Productions
September 2018

The device snaps onto Ty’s arm and he is instantly transformed as nanobots enter his blood stream and analyze then enhance his DNA and capabilities. When he wakes from the initial transformation he finds his body is enhanced and he has a new skill based on his DNA – enhancing technology. Think Toby McGuire in Spider-Man. He’s an almost perfect version of himself. No longer a loser. No longer destined for cleaning toilets.

The setup is pretty standard fare, but the idea that he becomes a technology mastermind rather than an overpowered superman is interesting. His power works well in allowing him to support and enhance the other superheroes. Where this goes would have been interesting to find out. But the book has several key drawbacks, not the least of which is repetitive, low reading level writing and a completely unnecessary and gratuitous focus on sex.

As for writing, every couple of sentences it seemed that the author reworded what he just said. And the same things get repeated throughout the book. How many times did Ty think that the two female heroes were “perfect?” Apparently, every couple pages. How many times do we need to hear about how loathsome Bane is to Ty? Every time they think of each pother. We get it. A thesaurus and an editor who could help tighten this up and raise the reading level. “Some superhero you are!” and “Get them! Don’t let them get away!” and “You little insect!” (real quotes from Bane to Ty at the end of the book,) isn’t exactly The Killing Joke level banter. This isn’t a big deal though as most books that I’ve seen and read recently – especially small publishers or independents – suffer from this gap. It goes with the territory for books in genres like this.

The main reason I’ll not be finishing the series is the juvenile focus on sex. There are three sex scenes in the book. But the conversations and focus is throughout. Ty and other superheroes who have the same alignment (neutral good, Ty’s case) have an overwhelming attraction for each other. From the moment that Ty meets the two female supers all the book is about is how amazingly attractive they are. Tempest is the perfect blonde. Dina is a deer-kin (her body has been adjusted to have hooves, antlers, and mottled skin). The author obviously has some kinks that I don’t share. The first scene is pretty short and a fade to black type scene. Not so bad if they were all like that. The second is a threesome with some more details. The third comes after Dina is kidnapped and the two heroes are despondent about her capture and not sure how to survive so they take the few moments they have before the showdown to have some rough sex. The fourth and final is a full fade to black. To clarify: Ty has known Dina and Tempest for maybe 3 days and there were 4 sex scenes wrapped around a day at work for Ty and a final battle with Dina kidnapped. It’s all about sex, which doesn’t make sense if the story is the point. But since sex is the point, it makes total sense.

This should have been placed in erotica even though this is mild compared to some of that stuff. It isn’t a superhero book or a LitRPG book. As such, I have no time for a poorly written harem erotic book and don’t recommend it.


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.

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.”

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.”

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.

Rebel by Kade

Emma Kate had really did it this time. She had woken up in a beautiful hotel room, dressed in a fabulous wedding gown with a handsome man in a tux asleep beside her. What in the heck was going on. She can’t remember anything that happened the night before. Just who is this guy?

Rebel
A Breathless Novel
Emma Kate & Keith
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
June 2019

Emma Kate had left college on her way to Breathless. Just one short stop in Vegas and she would be on her way. She remembers getting a cheap hotel room, parking her car and trailer and heading to a casino. She had talked to a rather charming young man who said as long as she was playing the slots the drinks would be free. That is the last thing she remembers.

Just who is this guy and what has she done? Time to find out. He looks just as confused as she is. She learned his name is Keith and it appears they had a fabulous wedding with all the bells and whistles, but neither can remember it actually happening. Well they would get a quick annulment and go their separate ways. But it would take four days and money they didn’t have.

Keith is a veterinarian and has a job waiting for him in Breathless. This surprises Emma Kate as she too is on her way to Breathless and as it was impossible to return any of the clothing or the rings, their only recourse was to travel together.

Arriving in Breathless they found a unique little cottage waiting for Keith. He had invited her to stay with him until she had a chance to see her sisters and explain. Just how was she going to tell her sisters that she was back in Breathless and married?

How will Bailey Anne and Harper Rose react when they learn that Emma Kate had once again gotten herself into trouble? Will she and Keith have a real marriage?

This is the third book in Kade’s Breathless Series. I really enjoyed the books and strongly recommend that you read all three.


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.

Midnight on the River Grey by Wilson

Rebecca Hunter and her Aunt Joan have lost their home in London and are summoned by her new guardian Mr.Lewis Browning to his reclusive country estate Greybourne Hall. After her brother Jacob’s mysterious death, she is determined to prove Browning is responsible for his murder and see how hanged. He is known by the locals as the Midnight Devil.

Midnight on the River Grey
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
July 2019

Arriving at the Hall, Rebecca finds Lewis is not what she imagined and his motivation is unclear. As she and Aunt Jo settle into their new life, she begins her plans to uncover the truth regarding Jacob’s death. Rebecca begins to have nightmares or spells as her mother called them. Her mother was quite mad and Rebecca is sure she will be just like her.

Working on solving the mystery surrounding Jacob’s death, she has little clues to go on. She is beginning to believe Lewis is innocence of murder and Jacob’s death was just a horrible accident. Then Lewis’s friend and solicitor, Mr, Drake, is found dead close to the bridge where Jacob died. Who is behind his murder and why?

Rebecca has found new clues and is sure Jacob is alive. She must find him and learn the truth. Only then can she reveal her true feelings for Lewis.

Will Rebecca be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds Greybourne Hall and find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It covers a little mystery, intrigue, first love, and betrayal.

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.

Engagement Plot by Phillips

Hanna Knight is on her way home in Embarrass, Minnesota in a raging blizzard when she comes upon an SUV stuck in a ditch. Helping the driver out of the car she takes him to her father’s house. To her horror, when he removes his outerwear, stands William Preston, CEO and handsome bachelor who had won the hearts of American women. The same man who seven months ago had stomped on her heart and left it to freeze to death by humiliating her in front of millions of people. What was he doing here?

The Engagement Plot
by Krista Phillips
Shiloh Run Press
November 2017

Hanna Knight is a Kindergarten teacher living in Duluth, Minnesota. Just for the fun of it she applied to be on the Reality Show called The Price Of Love. He was the CEO bachelor “looking” for love, and she, the small-town teacher with mortals tighter than some of the other contestant”s skinny jeans. To her surprise, he picked her. Each contestant was given a con. Each week, after crazy over the top dates, the contestants presented the wealthy man with their heart, which he could accept or not. After weeks of dates, William Preston had accepted her coin. When he proposed on screen, she gladly said yes and accepted the ring with eyes full of tesrs. She loved him with all her heart and pictured happy ever after. But it was not to be. In his last interview with ALIVE, he completely destroyed her. He inferred they had been intimate during a weekend. Hanna’s reputation is completely destroyed. In disgrace, she runs to her father in Embarrass.

Now here he is. In her hometown. What does he want? He is trying to make amends and talks her into continuing the engagement. Pop She returns to Nashville where they again give an interview on ALIVE to try to salvage her reputation.

Thing are going about as well as can be expected until she receives a visit from the CFO of William’s company. He tells Hanna that William has been asked to resign due to fraud. Feeling betrayed, she again runs home to Embarrass to hide and sulk. William’s father ask her to help him prove that William is innocent. He knows who is actually guilty of defrauding the company.

Will she help prove William innocent or will she seek revenge for him ruining her reputation?

I enjoyed the book and highly 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.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Ruined by Kade

Lennon Mayfield is back in Breathless, Georgia working on her thesis for a degree in Anthropology/Archeology. She has obtained permission from the city council to dig on land owned by the city. It is back-breaking tedious work but she loves it. She is hoping to find roots of North American human history in Breathless as there is evidence that ancient culture migrated through there. Things are going along smoothly until she encounters Gabriel Zemp who insisted she is digging on his land.

Ruined
Breathless: 2
Griffyn Ink
By Savannah Kade
May 2019

Lennon has a history with the Zemp family as she dated Brodie Zemp when they were in high school. Lennon has a secret involving Brodie and his father Robert. Brodie was killed in an automobile accident and Gabe blames Lennon for his death. He has hated her for such a long time it will do anything to prevent her from accomplishing her goals.

Lennon continues her daily dig findings several artifacts to substantiate her belief. Gabe starts coming around to watch her work and soon they become sort of friends.

Will Lennon be able to dig up Breathless and not reveal her secret? Will she and Gabe become more than friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and 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.

Shadow Among Sheaves by Stephens

Rena is a young Indian lady living in India during The Great Rebellion of 1857. The British’s influence was causing utter chaos in India. Rena had married Edric, a captain in the British military, who had recently passed away, leaving her a widow. Not very long after her father-in-law Sir Alistair died leaving her mother-in-law Nell homeless and penniless. There was nothing for Nell to do but return to England and hope to find shelter with a distant relative. Rena’s family could not understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England, but she could not let her go alone.

Shadow Among Sheaves
by Naomi Stephens
Shiloh Run Press
April 2019

England was not what they expected. Nell’s relatives would not accept Rena and they were turned away. Both women were homeless, without any means of support and near starvation. In desperation Neva applied for work at the Gilded Crown, a shelter of prostitution. Surely there was some work that she could do. She was denied but Nell was hired to do cleaning and given a small room. It was not ideal but at least they had a place to sleep.

Out walking one day Rena heard music and followed the sound to a field where workers were gleaming sheaves. Lord Barric, owner of the property and learning they were Alistair Hawley’s family, a distant relative, attempted to help them. Nell was informed that Sir Alistair had left a second will leaving Hawthorn Glen, the family home and his fortune to Lady Hawley, but Rena must marry one of his relatives who is specifically in the Fairfax line.

Who will Rena marry – Lord Barric, Charlie or Uncle John?

Rena’s love for Nell brought to mind the Bible story of Ruth and Naomi when Ruth told her – where you lodge I will lodge, where you go I will go, your people will be my people and your God will be my God. There is no greater love.

The book was simply amazing – a page-turner. This is one that you will surely want to keep.

Highly recommended 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.