Holding Superman's Hand

Under the Bar Lights

Romance - Contemporary
314 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2022
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Holding Superman's Hand: Under the Bar Lights by Amy Katherine is one of the best contemporary romances I have read this year. Amy Emerson is on top of the world. She has a college scholarship, and she has a job at Azure, the most happening bar in Texas. Nothing could stop her from reaching her dreams. There is only one issue; she is just 17 years old, and Mathew Abernathy believes she is too young to be bartending. Matt is a college graduate; his no-nonsense behavior is helpful in his job, but not in relationships. When the two meet, Matt is surprised that JR is ready to pay her in cash for six months until she is legal. As Matt and Amy become friends, they realize they have more in common than they originally thought. When they grow closer and sparks start to fly, Amy and Matt will realize they deserve to have the happiness they feel with each other.

I love romance novels. They are my jam, and I read a ton of romance novels in a year. Holding Superman’s Hand is hands down (pun intended) one of the best romance novels I have read this year, from its gorgeous cover to its brilliant plot. Amy’s character is a little complex and very vulnerable, to begin with. However, she develops into this beautifully courageous girl who faces her issues, her past, and her future head-on to succeed. Mathew, on the other hand, appears to be your typical romance hero, but readers are in for a surprise. He is not just handsome; he is also aware of his issues and works on them (shocking, I know). Amy Katherine did a fantastic job of creating these characters, developing them, and building her story around these outstanding people!


This book has not only touched my heart and soul, it kept me drawn from page one!
Author Amy Katherine is a true natural, a yet undiscovered talent, this being her debut novel.
It is an amazing read, taking place in the 90’s about Amy, a 17 year old college freshman, wise beyond her years and Matt, aka Superman an older, seemingly rude and grumpy bouncer / graduate student.
Amy is sweet and innocent, due to her very conservative upbringing and Matt is a cowboy and gentleman at heart—they are a couple made in heaven, not at first sight, but a perfect match, once you get to know them, you can feel their love story grow with every page you turn and with every word, a reader wants to get to know them better and be a part of their one of a kind love story. One wants to sit at the table with them and just watch them.
The story has it all, it is funny at times, tragic, touching, passionate but mainly inspiring.
It reminds me of the classic Love Story from Erich Segal and its famous quote “Love means never having to say you are sorry,” suits here as well.
Amy Katherine is so passionate about her characters, that they become alive in a heartbeat and you simply want to know more and more about them, you want to be a part of their journey.
Grab yourself a drink of your choice and enjoy this beautiful story