Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Dating You/Hating You

One of the perils of loving an author is that terrible feeling you get when you just don’t connect with a new book.  You love everything else the author has written, you preorder and auto-buy new releases, and you anxiously watch the calendar waiting for new titles to appear on your Kindle.  And ...

B+
The Secrets She Keeps

I love a great mystery/thriller and when I need a break from romance (not often!), it’s my go to genre - especially if it's a book by Michael Robotham.  I binged his books a few years ago and I spent a summer engrossed in his addictive Joseph O’Laughlin series, so when I heard he had a new stan ...

A
Enlightened

Note:  The books in the Enlightenment trilogy build on each other.  To understand the relationship between the principals and to avoid spoilers in this review, you should read Provoked and Beguiled first. Enlightened is the last book in the Enlightenment trilogy and the strongest. Unlike the pr ...

A
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I enjoyed every bit of this book and I need/want to convince you to read it too!  Delightful, charming, funny, addictive and entertaining, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is chock full of both vice and virtue.  The Grand Tour of Europe planned by our protagonist quickly goes awry and ev ...

A
The Pirate and I

The Pirate and I is a delightful, romantic and utterly charming novella set in between books two and three of Katharine Ashe’s current Devil’s Duke series.  Our reluctant pirate is Charlie Brittle, and his true love is Esme Astell, a perfumer whom he once knew in another - better - life.  Fans ...

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Oversight

Spoiler alert:  The Community books need to be read in order.  Do not read this review if you have not read Insight first. Earlier this year I reviewed the first book in The Community series, Insight, and my major complaint was that it was a bit too busy.  Mr. Hassell spent a good portion of i ...

D-
The Bet

Look folks.  I know there are lot of you out there who just can’t get into sports romances for various reasons:  the storylines are formulaic, the characters are one-dimensional, there isn’t enough actual ‘sport,’ the athletes are made out to be god-like... and unfortunately, stories like ...

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Lost Without You

Molly O'Keefe is an author who consistently writes original, moving, and frequently terrific romantic novels that stay with me long after I finish them. Pretty much everything she writes blows me away (although I'm not crazy about her MC stories), and somehow, without my noticing, she's become one o ...

A
My Roommate's Girl

I know a lot of romance readers steer clear of NA books.  I get it, I do.  It’s difficult to achieve the right balance writing about college kids maturing into adulthood - and not a lot of writers are able to do it well.  One writer who does successfully navigate this transitional time period i ...

C-
More Than a Feeling

More Than a Feeling is the last novel in the Rock Star Romance series and features Cooper, guitarist for the band Blue Fire.  It works as a standalone, but it’s helpful to read the other books first. When the story opens, Blue Fire is in the middle of a tour although a planned two-week hiatus ...