Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Daily Grind

Ground N’At is the kind of coffee shop I dream of.  Great drinks, comfortable surroundings, independently owned.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist where I live, but Ms. Zabo does an excellent job casting it as the third major character in the entertaining, if a bit too predictable, Daily Grind. ...

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The Cad and the Co-ed

I enjoyed the first two books in the Rugby series and frequently recommend them to fans looking for great sports romances.  Entertaining, romantic and filled with great locker room banter and sports references, The Cad and the Co-ed is a delightful addition to this particular series.  But … it i ...

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Fair, Bright and Terrible

Fair, Bright, and Terrible is a companion to The King’s Man, the first of Elizabeth Kingston’s Welsh Blades books. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read that book first, although I found it helpful  and would certainly suggest doing so to anyone interested in reading this one. Fair, Brig ...

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Compound a Felony: A Queer Affair of Sherlock Holmes

Based on this review, you might be surprised to know I’ve never been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, or the original Conan Doyle stories.  I don’t even watch the BBC version - I know, I know, I’m a terrible person.  But when a trusted friend recommended Compound a Felony: A Queer Affair of She ...

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Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal

Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal offers a fresh take on the classic Cinderella fairy tale.  By giving the heroine a fuller backstory, providing her with the means to secure her own happiness with or without a prince, and allowing her to subvert the influence of her evil stepmother (and stepsisters) ...

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Watching and Wanting

The fourth entry in Northcote’s Housemate series (and the hottest), Watching and Wanting is Shawn’s story.  Readers familiar with the series will recognize him as the straight friend who lives with Jez, Mac, and Dev. Shawn’s life is a mess.  He’s just been dumped by his girlfriend, he ...

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Four Weddings and a Sixpence

The stories in Four Weddings and a Sixpence, a new anthology from some of the biggest names in historical romance, follow a group of friends who each find love with a little help – perhaps – from the old sixpenny piece one of them finds lurking beneath her mattress. Something Old - by J ...

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Lady Claire is All That

I struggled to begin this review because I’m still not sure how I felt about Lady Claire Is All That.  Did I enjoy reading it and was I entertained?  Yes, and yes.  But did I like it?  I’m still on the fence.  I was surprised by Ms. Rodale’s modern style juxtaposed against a traditional r ...

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Wolfsong

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reviewing The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.  I loved it and recommended it to everyone I know.  Since then, I was certain - convinced really - that no other book could or would top my best of list for 2016 (though Cat Sebastian’s The Soldier’s Scoundrel c ...

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To Tempt an Heiress

I read the first book in Susanna Craig’s Runaway Desires series earlier this year and though I didn’t love it, I thought it showed promise.  My thoughts ran in a similar fashion while reading To Tempt an Heiress.  This book also has good ideas and likeable characters, but unfortunately, the wr ...