Reviews by Em Wittmann

B-
Spellbound

When I first heard about Spellbound, I couldn’t wait to read it.  Love.  Magic.  Queer.  Paranormal.  Suspense.  Prohibition-era Manhattan.  First in a series.  Friends, the author had me at “Love”.  I couldn’t ask our publisher for this book fast enough!   Ms. Therin, in her publi ...

B
Brazen and the Beast

Brazen and the Beast is vintage Sarah MacLean.  Which is, for me, a good thing.  I was completely absorbed in the romance, which is perfectly paced and gets off to a good start, but unfortunately, not everything else is as good and the villains (except one, who features in the next book) are under ...

B-
The Golden Hour

In The Golden Hour, author Beatriz Williams tells the interconnected stories of two women, decades apart, whose lives are irrevocably changed by their deep and abiding love for the men of the Winthrop family. For Lulu, a journalist desperate to uncover the truth about the apparent death of the man s ...

B+
Footsteps in the Dark

I had high hopes for this anthology when I saw two of the names attached to it (Dal Maclean and Josh Lanyon), and Footsteps in the Dark more than met my expectations, although in the end, all but one of my favorite stories were penned by new-to-me authors (yay!).  None of the eight stories are part ...

A
Grip

Friends, let’s keep it real.  We’ve all fallen in love with a fictional character in a romance novel, and most of us can quickly call to mind our favorites.  You’re doing it right now aren’t you?  Lately, my book boyfriends share a common denominator:  they’re all written by the fabulo ...

B
Gideon

I love a great redemption story.  And if anyone needs redeeming, it’s Gideon Ramsay, a hard-partying, famous actor who is deeply in the closet.  He’s besties with Silas (Risk Taker and Oz), and Niall (his brother Milo’s partner) - with whom he also used to have sex.  Confused?  Don’t be ...

B+
A Rogue by Night

Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Sir Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places in the dead of night, a cover he uses to his advantage to bring in all sorts of illicit cargo from across the En ...

B+
Unlaced by the Highland Duke

Craving some historical romance comfort food?  Then look no further.  Unlaced by the Highland Duke, the second book in The Lochmore Legacy linked series of novels, features a widowed pair resigned to a lonely future without love or passion, suddenly surprised to discover their soulmate is someone ...

A
Rule Breaker

Narrated by Joel Leslie Rule Breaker, the first book in Lily Morton’s aptly named Mixed Messages series, is terrific.  Opposites attract when an emotionally closed-off lawyer falls for his long-suffering assistant, and despite its sometimes heavy subject matter and slightly taboo relationship, R ...

B+
The Bride Test

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions - like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better, that his autism means he just processes emotions differ ...