Reviews by Em Wittmann

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What a Difference a Duke Makes

Despite the fact that none of the books in Lenora Bell’s The Disgraceful Dukes trilogy had earned better than a D from the team here at All About Romance, I nonetheless decided to give her new series a try.  New year, fresh start and all that.  Unfortunately, What a Difference a Duke Makes, is - ...

A
A Girl Like Her

Don’t you just love the simple pleasure of opening a book you know very little about and finding treasure within its pages?  Me, too.  When I read the blurb for A Girl Like Her, I was wary.  The heroine is alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news; als ...

B
Exposed: A Romance Anthology

I’m familiar with - correction - I’m a fan of quite a few of the nine authors included in the Exposed:  A Romance Anthology, and from the moment I heard about this collaboration on social media, I wanted to review it.  Each of the Exposed novellas centers around a principal character - one of ...

C+
Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal

In this second Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies novel, Lara Temple re-introduces us to her trio of former officers (current best friends) damaged by their pasts and profoundly changed by their shared wartime experiences.  Wealthy, attractive and publicly infamous as rakes, they privately work tireles ...

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A Duke in the Night

Some authors just get better and better each time out, and Kelly Bowen is one of them.  Her last series, Season for Scandal, was tremendous, but right out of the gate, A Duke in the Night trumps them all.  It’s smart, sexy and romantic, and I enjoyed every bit of it.  In the lovely novella The ...

C
The Wedding Date

Based on early buzz, I had high hopes for The Wedding Date.  Unfortunately, although Ms. Guillory introduces two appealing principals, the story is predictable and flat, and her characters spend too much time in their own heads and physically separated (he lives in Los Angeles, she lives in Berkele ...

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Down by Contact

Do you like contemporary romance?  Do you love novels with compelling (and endearing) principals, witty dialogue and steamy love scenes?  Love a great opposites attract pairing?  Then you should be reading Santino Hassell.  If you haven’t picked up one of his novels, you’re missing out.  Mr ...

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Deal Maker

You know that marvelous feeling you get when you connect with a novel on every level; the characters, the setting, the dialogue..? Well, that’s how I feel about Deal Maker.  I enjoyed Ms. Morton’s previous books, but OMG, I loved this one.  Deal Maker is a charming, funny, romantic and just pl ...

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His Wicked Love

His Wicked Love, the début fantasy title from Mila Benson, is not my usual fare.  I read very little fantasy and have never played Dungeons and Dragons (let’s be honest, I’ve never played any role-play video game), so I worried His Wicked Love , with its cast of warlocks, paladins and archmage ...

C
The Art of Running in Heels

Romance, hockey, and a long running, successful series of novels by the talented Rachel Gibson.  It should be a magical trifecta of my most favorite things.  But it isn’t.   From its ridiculous set-up, to its slightly dull and predictable conclusion, The Art of Running in Heels is just ‘meh ...