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.

Shadows of Hope by Daniels

Kristan and Marissa operated a Clinic for pregnant women. Katelyn works in the Coffee Shop where they have their morning coffee. Katelyn goes to the college where Marissa’s husband Colin teaches. She is having an affair with one of her Professors, but is unaware he is married or to whom.

Shadows of Hope
By Georgiana Daniels
Shiloh Run Press
April 2018

When Katelyn learns she is pregnant, she turns to Marissa and her Clinic. She goes to work part time at the Clinic and soon she and Marissa become friends. Katelyn has never told who the baby’s father is and Marissa never asked.

When Katelyn goes into labor and on her way to the hospital, she phones Marissa to come be with her. When Marissa walks into the room, she stops dead in her tracks, she has come face to face with the father. She runs from the room and out into the night. This couldn’t be happening.

The story is about lies, compassion and betrayal. 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.

First Comes Love by Heyford

Kerry O’Hearn is a single mom and attorney raising three young daughters on her own. She had two disastrous marriages to cops so she very adamant about not having anything to do with cops in general.

First Comes Love
A Willamette Valley Romance 2
by Heather Heyford
Lyrical Press
May 2018

Detective Alex Walker has a grudge against Kerry as she was the attorney who skewered him on his last case. Somehow they both find themselves living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Kerry is determine to avoid Alex since he is a cop, but Alex has different ideas .

Against her better judgement, Kelly begins to have feeling for Alex. He is her daughter Shay’s boxing coach. Shay has become quite close to Alex. He has given Shay friendship and confidence she so definitely needs.

When Alex asks Kelly for assistance in obtaining custody of two young boys from abusive home she sees what a kind-hearted person he really is. Maybe all cops aren’t bad people.

When Kerry realizes she has fallen in love with Alex, she asks him to move in with her and the girls. Together they have five kids. Will they be able to make a good home for the children?

This is a story of mistrust, misconception and a little bit of self doubt, but love really does conquer all if you believe.


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.”

A good read. Highly recommend.

Wishcraft by Kade

Delilah is a Wiccan – witch. She is also a Pastry Chef at the Othello Restaurant where her day begins at 3:00 am. She hangs out at Gin’s, her favorite bar, where she picks up men for sex . Her standard drink is a martini and she use the olives to determine if the man she meets is the correct one. If the olive spends clock-wise the answer is yes, but if it spins counter clockwise the answer is no. If yes, she takes him home for a few hours of steamy sex. After the deed is done, she casts a spell on him, whispers “forget” and sends him on his ways.

Wishcraft
Touch of Magic #1
Savannah Kade
Gryffin Ink
December 2016

The olives aren’t working too well until one night she picks up Brandon. She takes him home and after her sexual encounter, she tries to put her spell on him and send him on his way. To her dismay, the spell didn’t work. She couldn’t get rid of him. Instead he just turned over and went to sleep. She finally got him awake so she could go work and he insisted on going with her. Mid-morning she is finally able to send him home. Hopefully this is the last time she would see him, but it is not to be.

Brandon had a confused week. He could remember a few things, but mostly his memory was non-existent. Several weeks later he run into Delilah at Gin’s. He approaches her and asked what she had done to him. Of course, she denied even knowing him. Brandon finally remembered enough to locate her apartment, and without any notification, he walks in on her. She has his shirt and is again trying to cast a spell on him. She is unable to resist him and after her sexual encounter, he leaves

Brandon still is not satisfied with his memory loss and decides to do more. He remembers Delilah telling him she had a brother Tristan and he owned a Magic Shop. Locating the shop, he starts talking beginners classes in magic.
Brandon’s spells has unbelievable consequences for Delilah.

Can Delilah reverse Brandon’s spells and get her life back? Has she learned her lesson?

The book was interesting but a little confusing. A good read for those interested in black magic .


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.”

Wildest Dreams by Kade

Jennifer (Jenn) and Walker are friends with benefits. They have ‘booty calls’ when they aren’t involved with someone. Jenn is looking for the perfect man and Walker doesn’t meet her list. She has dates, but they just don’t measure up to her expectations. That is until she meets Clark – he is PERFECT. They have been dating for awhile and he is the perfect gentleman. This is well and good, but Jenn is getting frustrated. Why hasn’t he kissed her or made love with her?

Wildest Dreams
Hollywood Nights #1
By Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
May 2017

When she discusses this with Walker, who knows Clark, he tells her Clark is looking for a woman who will be faithful and be the perfect wife. Jenn has had enough of Clark’s stalling and decides to surprise him. But she is the one who is surprised. She finds Clark cheating on her with his decorator. She, of course, breaks up with him and returns to Walker. Clark is determined to make her his wide. He apologizes and ask her to marry him. She refuses and tells him never to call her again. He didn’t give up and starts sending flowers, travel tickets and even sets up a website asking her to marry him and showing a beautiful ring.

Things continue with Jenn and Walker as usual. Jenn soon discovers she is pregnant. Should she tell Walker or not?
Taking the bull by the horns so to speak she gets up the nerve to tell him. Walker doesn’t take it too well at first but soon relents and tell her he wants the baby if she doesn’t.

Jenn figures out Walker is the perfect man after all and meets all the requirements on her list.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it to all adult 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.”

Eternally Bound by Davies

Ronan is a blue blood vampire and a defender. Declan is also a blue blood vampire, a defender and part of Ronan’s gang. Joseph, a blue blood vampire, originally part of the gang, has turned savage. Nathan and Kadence are hunters. Nathan and his gang have been fighting the savages and especially looking for Joseph who had killed his father.

Eternally Bound
The Alliance #1
Brenda K. Davies
Self Published
March 2017

Kadence and Ronan had never met. She had lived a sheltered live in the compound ruled by her brother Nathan. She was becoming restless, after all she was a fighter, and wanted to go after Joseph to revenge her father.

She escaped the compound one night and would up at the night club she knew Joseph frequented. Trying to keep from being seen by Nathan, who was also there to find Joseph, she looked up and Ronan was staring directly at her. Something passed between them that she couldn’t definite. Running from the room she hid in the alley as she watched the fight between the defenders and the hunters against Joseph and the savages.

Being so intent in watching the fight, she
was unaware of Joseph, until it was too late and she was severely wounded. Ronan appeared out of nowhere and saved her, but Joseph had escaped. He took her to his home and nursed her until her wounds had healed. Now was the time to send her home to Nathan. She tricked him set out on her own.

After several tries to send her back, which she always refused to go, he told her the hard truth. She would be turned into a vampire and be ETERNALLY BOUND to him for ever.

The book was very interesting and I enjoyed it. Would recommend to readers who enjoy fiction and a little mystery.


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.”

Freedom’s Light by Coble

Hannah Thomas is a young lady married to John. They take care of the lighthouse on a remote stretch of the coast line in Massachusetts. It is just the beginning of the Revolutionary War and John volunteers to go fight for his new country. Hannah’s world comes crashing down when she learned John has been killed in his first battle.

Freedom’s Light
Coleen Coble
Thomas Nelson
September 2018

Hannah is determined to continue John’s duties of maintaining the lighthouse and prevent ships from wrecking on the rocks close to shore. The work is hard and the isolation and loneliness is getting to her. She convinces her father to send her young sister Lydia, who lives in the South, for a visit. This may or may not have been a good ideal. Lydia is a Torry and really enthralled by the English soldiers. Hannah is a strong Patriot.

One dark and foggy night a British ship runs aground on the rocks and there is only one survivor – Captain Birch Meredith. He is injured and Hannah takes him into her home until he is well and able to return to his duties. The Caption, of course, is a Torry which causes Hannah a great deal of concern.

Everything is going reasonably well until Lydia invites Galen Wright, an officer in the British Army, and a long time friend of the family, to visit. Hannah is furious. She had a bad experience with Galen in the past and she was afraid of him.

Question: Will Hannah survive the War and find the peace and love she so richly deserves?

Ms. Coble has written an interesting story of a little mystery, a lot of intrigue and romance. Thoroughly enjoyed Hannah’s journey and highly recommend to all readers. Coble is a masterful story teller and will keep you guessing to the very end.


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.

The Hawaiian Discovery by Brunstett and Brunstetter

Ellen Lambright is a young Amish girl working in a Bed & Breakfast owned by her friend Mandy and husband Ken. Ellen loves her work and has dreams of someday owning her own B&B.

The Hawaiian Discovery
by Wanda E. Brunstett & Jean Brunstetter
Shiloh Run Press
June 2018

Everything is going great until Ken’s father, who owns a chicken business in Hawaii, becomes seriously ill and they travel to Hawaii to help his mother. Unfortunately his father passes away and they are forced to stay in Hawaii.

Things are rough, but they are coping. Ken goes surfing with his friends and is attack by a shark, leaving him seriously injured, close to death. In order to pay his hospital bills, they are forced to sell the B&B, leaving Ellen without a job.

Ellen feels she must help her friend Mandy so she goes to Hawaii. Mandy has hired a young man, Rob Smith, to help Ellen take care of the business while Ken is healing. Soon they become friends, but Ellen is certain he is hiding something, he is so secretive. Ellen begins to have feeling for Rob, but knows this can’t happen because he isn’t Amish.

By accident Ellen over hears a telephone conversation between Rob and a member of his family. He was speaking in Pennsylvania Dutch. Why is he denying he is Amish? Ellen is very disappointed and feels now is the time to return home.

Rob, whose real name is Rueben Zook, comes to Indiana to visit Ellen. Will her dreams of marriage and owning a B&B become a reality or remain just a dream?

I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to readers of all age.


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.

Love Letter by Hauck

Chloe Daschle had a sneak peek at a script written by Jesse Gates about a love letter, written during the Revolutionary War, by Jesse’s 6x great-grandfather Hamilton Longfellow to Esther Kingsley. Chloe was successful in being cast as Esther and thus the journey began. The chemistry between Jesse and Chloe is highly charged.

Love Letter
by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson
June 2018

Sir Michel is a very strong supporter of the English King and a Tory. He disapproves of Esther’s love for Hamilton, but she is determined to marry him.

At the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina, Hamilton is seriously wounded and almost lost his life. This battle turned the tide for the American Colonies that ended the war. Esther visits Hamilton in the hospital, but he rejects her. He will not left her be tied to a cripple. Hamilton soon realizes his mistake and writes the famous love letter to Esther, but Esther doesn’t receive it. She has returned to England.

The Daschles has come in possession of the famous love letter written to Esther from Hamilton. Could Esther Longfellow Hobart be Chloe’s 6x great -grandmother? The same Esther that loved Jesse’s 6x great-grandfather.

This is a well written story of love and courage during a difficult time. Just maybe generations later true come can unite two people deserving the love that Esther and Hamilton shared.

Highly recommended.


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.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Griep

Johanna Langley is the owner of a rundown Inn named the Blue Hedge Inn in the town of Dover. Officer Alexander Moore is a member of the Bow Street Runners . Officer Moore is on an undercover assignment to locate the traitor or traitors to the Crown. His instructions were to take up residence at the Blue Hedge Inn, become acquainted with the Vicount’s daughter, propose marriage and arrest the traitor. Not an easy thing to do.

The Innkeeper’s Daughter
by Michelle Griep
Shiloh Run Press
March 2018

Smuggling in this town is taken for granted. Officer Moore is at a loss to who the traitor maybe and what his treason is. Does it have anything to do with smuggling or is it something worse. The innkeeper’s daughter is romance novel with an intriguing mystery that will keep you turning pages well into the night. Johanna is beleaguered by debts and deadbeat lodgers, a traveling band whose music sounds like a bunch of screeching alley cats and a landlord who is trying desperately to take away the Inn.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This is the first time that I have read any of Ms. Criep’s, and was pleasantly surprised as how she brought all the characters together. You will be amazed at who the actual traitor turned out to be.

Highly recommend this book to readers which like well written romance/mystery novels.

Read it you won’t be disappointed.


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.

The Crooked Path by Joubert

The time period is just before the start old WW2, during and after. Letty is young girl growing up with her friends in Africa. Her father is the town’s doctor. She hopes to take over his practice when he retires. Marco is a young man living with his family in Italy. He is in love with Rachel, a Jew. This is frowned on – a Jew and a Catholic. Never heard of such a thing.

The Crooked Path
Irma Joubert
Thomas Nelson
November 2017

Hilter and Mussolini have teamed up together to take over Europe, one country at a time. First on the agenda was the persecution of the Jewish people.

Fearing for Rachel and her family, Marco takes them to live in cave in the mountains. The cold and near starvation takes its toll on them and they lose one member of the family.

After several years, they are captured and taken to a German prison camp. They are required to do hard manual labor and given very little food. Many died daily. Maro had no way of knowing if Rachel is dead or alive.

The war finally ends and the remaining survivors are liberated by the Allies. Marco, near death from starvation and illness, is the only one of them that survived. He is returned to his family in Italy to either get well or die.

Marco’s heath isn’t improving. In fact, he seems to be getting worse. His brother, now living in Africa, persuades him to come to Africa where the climate is much warmer and drier than Italy. Letty, who has now become a renowned doctor, takes over his care.

The book was very interesting and well written. I could feel Marco and Rachel’s pain. Their dreams for a future, but the reality that it would never happen.

I like the book and recommend it to all readers over the age of ten.


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.