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Gateway to Heaven

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,675 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Life is rough when you're gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy the media won't leave you alone.

It was certainly the truth in Christian Lasher's case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidde
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 228 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Smashwords (first published May 1st 2008)
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This book was a nice surprise. It was a kindle freebie, but amazingly it was so good that I would definitely recommend it, (even if you have to pay for it)!

What is it about rocker heroes? There is just something about bands that intrigue me. Christian is the lead singer for the band Lasher Down. He has lived the high life as a celebrity, but he longs for "more" in his life. The band goes back to his home town to perform in a fundraising event and Christian meets Megan who also grew up in the sam
Rock Star Christian Lasher spends a month every year returning home seeking solace and relaxation. This year is no different but much needed, then he meets Megan Shreve who is the exact opposite of him but exudes a sense of calm that he has never felt before. Wanting to be a part of her tranquility he pursues the tender Megan, what he doesn't know that inside her is a rippling tide of mixed emotions and a past that has kept her from ever experiencing any intimacy.

Megan doesn't remember what happ
I've read several of Beth Kery's books in the past and I really enjoyed both her writing style and her characters (RAWR! to sexy alpha males!) BUT I'm not a big fan of non-paranormal contemporary storylines. So, I went into this one with one eye on the door in case I needed to make a quick escape. Oh, guys. OH, GUYS! This book was outstanding. Christian and Megan's story was lovely and sweet and sad and I'm so, so glad I decided to step outside my werewolf-infested comfort zone and give them a t ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Beth Kery’s books IMO are so much more than your typical ‘hot sexy book’. She draws you into the minds of her characters and as a result, the reader is able to ‘feel’ what the characters are experiencing….be it doubts, fear, or excitement. In this short story, Megan is an older virgin, a sculptor and works part time for her neighborhood church. She has had a traumatic experience that has led to her being treated special/sheltered by her family/parish. Chris ...more
Solid 3 stars

For the most part I enjoyed reading Gateway to Heaven. The plot was fresh and interesting. There were times, however, I had difficulty connecting with the hero and heroine during the story. For whatever reason, they weren't able to make me a true believer in their romance. That said, I think most people will enjoy this story.  

Beth Kery’s Gateway to Heaven was free on Kindle (now $2.99), and since I’ve enjoyed Beth's books in the past, it was a given I would grab this one. Also, there are just not enough rock star romances and I’ve been dying to read a few. We need more rockstar hero romances, STAT! I also liked the idea that the supposed bad boy rock star isn’t as “bad” as the reader is first led to believe. The hero, Christian Lasher, who has an awesome sounding name, has deep roots in the town he grew up in and whe ...more
Jane Stewart
Weak 3 stars. Emotional and sexy, but not much plot. It’s shorter than a typical novel.

Christian is a lead singer rock star. He wants a quieter life and to create a different type of music. It’s lust and maybe love at first sight when he sees Megan. He ardently pursues her.

Megan lives a quiet life as a sculpture artist and teacher. Everyone walks on eggshells around her because she was sexually abused when she was three-years-old. She loves what Christian makes her feel - love, lust,
May 04, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: angsty-goodness, hawt
I can't believe this book was free. If the object of free is to entice me to try more books by Beth Kery, then it succeeded.

Very well done: the self-questioning rock musician and elusive art teacher. I want to use adjectives like innocent, virginal, naive -- she is all that -- but the reasoning behind her lifestyle is poignantly believable and her emotional and sexual unfolding is very well done.

Why 4 stars? I thought her mother could have been developed further. And the ending was a little rai
Did not really like this one. The switch in POVs happened to quickly for me to be able to connect. The story was there, but the execution was poor. What annoyed me was the heroine and her discussion of her breasts. There is some internal obsession with breasts in this story.

This did not work for me.
Apr 29, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. More brainy, angsty rock star heroes please. I've been sampling erotica and haven't been impressed until this one. Kery at least in this story gets the balance right between erotica and romance. Off to glom Beth Kery.
Apr 15, 2012 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because I thought the blurb sounded good and I was not disappointed.

Megan is the full time art teacher at the St. Pat's parish school in her home neighborhood near Chicago. She is a woman who carries on almost a shadow existence due to her past and everyone treats her as fragile and unapproachable to men because of being a childhood rape victim. Christian is one of the St. Pat's kids who grew up and became a famous rockstar. He comes home for the charity block concert every yea
Megan lives in the neighbourhood she grew up in in Chicago, where she has a job running an art program for kids, and is also a sculptor. Christian shows up one day because his famous band is going to perform for a church fundraiser. Christian owns the penthouse apartment upstairs from Megan, and they totally hit it off.

Megan has Something Terrible in her childhood, and is trying to escape being treated like porcelain. There’s an interesting exploration of how Something Terrible has repercussions
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is such a heart-warming, sweet and so lovely romance. And hey the hero, Christian is a famous rock-star (I so love love stories about rockstars!!!)

Christian and Megan, an artist are two people, hiding so many secrets from the world and who had to meet and be together.....such two true souls.

The tension and chemistry between the two is so well developed. Great writing.
I really enjoyed this book.

Book Synopsis: Life is rough when you're gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy that the media won'
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Mar 22, 2012 JD rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I expected more from this book when I bought it. I would have liked to have seen more romance between the two characters. There was so much tension about her past that didn't seem to affect the female lead but completely dictate the rest of the entire set of characters. It was less of an issue between the two leads and more of a back issue with the rest of the characters which I felt took away from the love story.
I also didn't really feel the 'love' from the male and female leads.
May 10, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally downloaded this one because Kelly told me to. And it's pretty well established that I do just about everything that Kelly tells me to. I put off reading it, probably because I haven't read a lot of contemporary romance lately, but... it was worth it. I loved the emotional journey that Christian and Megan go through. It was sweet, poignant, and sexy.

Gateway to Heaven was a free Kindle book I downloaded on April 12, 2012 for the Why Buy the Cow? challenge.
Kimberly Rendle
May 09, 2012 Kimberly Rendle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book out because I saw someone rave about it on here (thanks Crista). It was so good. Amazingly, a freebie that is better than the past three books I've bought. Definitely check this author out!
May 21, 2012 Angela marked it as to-read
7 October 2014: $0.99 on Kindle
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
This book came up as a recommendation on Kindle and I decided to give it a go.
I really liked this book and so glad I took the time to read it.
Tara  TUG
This just wasn't my cup of tea

Christian Lasher is the lead singer of a very popular and successful hard rock band. Despite his fame and good fortune, he wants to take his music in a different direction. Needing time to decompress and think things through, he escapes from LA and returns to his childhood roots in Chicago, where he finds something more to soothe his soul.

Megan Shreve is a talented artist and sculptor. Her gentle and shy nature sparks Christian's interest in her. His words set her body aflame and she longs to ex
Jan 02, 2012 Joletta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm not sure about anyone else, but I tend to read books by theme. I had just finished re-reading about my favorite rock-n-roll sinners and went hunting more bad boy rockers. This led me to Beth Kery and her Gateway to Heaven novel. Just to warn you, I'm trying to hold back, but am afraid that I have to unleash my inner fangirl for this book. Kery has written a sensual, sexual and poignant story of innocence, sexuality, change and growth.

Christian Lasher is an uber successful rock star who want
This reminded me of "Wicked Burn", where the hero has a literary background. While the hero there is a playwright, Christian Lasher is a rock star, with depth to his lyrics and has a brain to match his charm.

I noticed Ms Kery's writing style is somewhat similar to the above mentioned novel, where she withholds a mystery about a certain character until the love interest finds out from other people. In this case, both the hero and heroine have secrets that spilled somewhere along the way. The auth
May 06, 2012 Kaetrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
3.5 stars
First published in 2008, I picked this up as a Kindle freebie recently. Christian Lasher is a rock star who's looking to take his career in a different direction. He meets art teacher and sculptor, Megan Shreve and is instantly captivated by her. She's different to anyone he's ever met before and she doesn't know who he is. Because he doesn't think she'd go for the "rock god" thing, he keeps it from her so she can get to know him without the hype. Megan is over protected by her sister H
Jun 13, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I really enjoyed this book. I got it for free from Amazon, and it was surprisingly enjoyable for a freebie.

At first, I had a really hard time figuring out what decade the story was placed because the heroine is so backwards. It is set in present day, but she has no idea of modern pop culture, no computer, no cell phone, etc. so it was really hard to place, but as we get more into other characters we see modern technology. When I figured out when the story was, I was worried about how unbelievabl
May 03, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed the unraveling of Christian and Megan's parallel set of issues and their struggles to overcome their own prejudices while fighting a stance against those who choose to pre judge them . . . including each other. I chose to read this story because of the high ratings and I'm going to give it 4 stars because I felt the story was pretty strong for about 90% of the book. However, the plot wrapped up rather quickly towards the end. I would have liked to have read more about Christian and Meg ...more
Eliza Hirsch
Sep 23, 2013 Eliza Hirsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.

Christian Lasher is a rock star, with the reputation that tends to go along with the job. Megan teaches art at a Catholic school in Christian's home neighborhood. When the two meet, sparks fly--but Megan's past has a dark spot. While the issues from her childhood don't effect her on a day-to-day basis (she doesn't even remember the trauma she endured, because she was too young) her family has done everything in their power to protect her, as they see it. Which, unfortu
When I saw this rock star title from Kery, I snapped it up. I've enjoyed her Harlequin titles and Because Your Are Mine is on my TBR list.

Reading it, I enjoyed it. Christian Lasher was strong yet sensitive and troubled just enough that I didn't hate him. Megan Shreve appeared delicate but had a inner strength that made her a perfect match for Lasher. He would introduce her to the world and she would offer him companionship and love. And the scenes of them together...I could definitely feel the
– 4.5stars – a rare sweet stand-alone adult novella

Nothing about the synopsis tells you what a great couple Megan Shreve & Christian Lasher are. Their meeting and courtship is definitely a return to innocence compared to today’s wham bam thank you ma’am romances.

Upon meeting, shy & sweet over-protected Megan has no idea that Chris is the neighborhood’s resident bad boy of rock. As they are getting to know each other and make room in their lives for each other, well meaning friends and
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Beth Kery is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of over thirty novels, novellas and serials. She writes contemporary romances as well as erotic contemporary romances, her hallmarks being emotional intensity, leap-off-the-page realistic characters and steamy sexual tension.
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