Reviews by Em Wittmann

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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 ...

A
Hook Shot

Hook Shot, the last novel in the Hoops series, stars Kenan Ross and Lotus DuPree, secondary characters (and scene stealers) introduced in Long Shot.  Kenan is a veteran basketball player traded to August West’s losing NBA franchise team to help them win a championship.  Intensely private and kee ...

B
Who Slays the Wicked

Do you love historical romance and/or historical mysteries?  Then you should be reading (or listening to) the Sebastian St. Cyr series.  Who Slays the Wicked, the fourteenth book in this long-running series is another compelling entry - although it isn’t quite as strong as many of the novels tha ...

B+
My Wicked Prince

He was my stepbrother. My Prince Charming. My fairytale gone totally wrong... My mother marrying the king was supposed to give my mom and me our happily ever after. But my life has never been a bedtime story and no prince with a fancy shoe is turning me into a Cinderella. I had big plans ...

B-
Arctic Sun

Sometimes, if I’m familiar with an author, I can overlook flaws in a story - especially if/when the author is trying something new; I’ll round up and qualify the recommendation to AAR readers with the reasons why.  But that familiarity can be a problem when I can’t quite decide if the problem ...