Reviews by Em Wittmann

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Sight Unseen : A Collection of Five Anonymous Novellas

When I heard about this anthology and the clever conceit behind it - five famous authors have contributed novellas, but only the publisher knows who penned each story - I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.    Sight Unseen is an intriguing idea, and it’s a real challenge to guess who penned e ...

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An Affair with a Notorious Heiress

If you’re a fan of historical romance, you’re probably also a fan of Lorraine Heath.  I’m both, but I didn’t like this book.  The characters are clichéd, the dialogue is wooden, and the writing - well, if the cover didn’t say Ms. Heath wrote it, I wouldn’t have believed it.  In An Af ...

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An Unnatural Vice

Spoiler alert:  If you haven’t read the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy, An Unseen Attraction, this review may contain spoilers. I thought the first book in the Sins of the Cities trilogy was terrific, but this one is even better.  Each book in the trilogy features a different co ...

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The Wicked Cousin

The Wicked Cousin starts off on a high note with a superb prologue that’s both gripping and moving, and introduces us to the book’s eponymous hero, Sebastian Audley. The story loses steam somewhat after the principals fall in love, but fortunately, Ms. Riley’s terrific writing elevates this ra ...

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A Counterfeit Heart

When I saw that Ms. Bateman had a new book out in her Secrets and Spies series, I was anxious to get my hands on it - but wary as well.  I loved the first book in the series, To Steal A Heart, but I was much less fond of the second, A Raven’s Heart.  Fortunately, when I picked up A Counterfeit H ...

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Enemies Like You

Okay - let’s just keep this real. I don’t really believe the CIA is sending super hot retired, elite Special Forces soldiers to assassinate corrupt, sadistic, crazy rich bad guys or that said bad guys employ cross-dressing assassins to keep them alive.  Or that these deadly assassins are so par ...

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The Duke's Unexpected Bride

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, not very much about how the two principals in The Duke’s Unexpected Bride come to find themselves betrothed felt appropriate to their stations in life and/or the historical setting of the book.  Ladies didn’t run amok unchaperoned in London, and dukes d ...