Gateway to Love (Jia’s Review)

Title: Gateway to Love (States of Love)
Author: Sarah Hadley Brook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 106
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Craig and Mitchell have been friends for years, but each of them reached a point where that camaraderie became… more. Mitchell’s kept his feelings close to his chest. So has Craig, but now that they’ve graduated from UMKC, he knows it’s his last chance to show Mitchell they’re meant to be before their careers take them to opposite sides of the country.

He insists they can’t leave Missouri behind without one last adventure. Mitchell agrees to a road trip to visit all the touristy spots and say goodbye to their home state.

As they spend their days and nights together, buried feelings rise to the surface and hope blossoms. When their journey ends with a dance beneath the Branson stars, will they find love and a future together at the end of the road?

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Best friends Craig and Mitchell are at a turning point in their lives. They are both done with school and have accepted jobs in their respective fields, but both have a secret. They are desperately in love with each other. With one moving to West Virginia and the other to California, chances are they won’t see each other again. But when Craig insists they take a road trip together, Mitchell can’t say no.

I was super excited when I read the blurb for this book. It sounded exactly like something I’d love. The writing just fell flat for me. It seemed choppy and short and the same phrases were used over and over. I’m pretty sure that each of them said “we need to talk” at least twice in the last twenty pages.

The actual relationship between the MC’s was difficult to imagine. They were very awkward with each other and spent most of the book in silent states of being, which is probably why “we need to talk” was overused.

I did enjoy the history that surrounded their adventures around the state of Missouri, I just wished there was more showing of their feelings instead of telling what they were doing.

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Galley copy of Gateway to Love (States of Love) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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