Em Wittmann


I love romance novels - all kinds. I love music - some kinds. I have strong opinions about both and I like to share them.

Currently Reading

Historical: His Convenient Marchioness (Lords at the Altar, #2), Elizabeth Rolls; The English Wife, Lauren Willig

Contemporary: Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts, #2), Alisha Rai

Favorite Romance

(Some) favorite authors:  Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, Katharine Ashe & Kristen Callihan, Bec McMaster, Lily Morton, Kate Clayborn, Santino Hassell

Contemporaries: TJ Klune, Wolfsong; Lily Morton, Deal Maker, Sally Thorne, The Hating Game

Historicals: Sherry Thomas, Not Quite a Husband; Mackenzi Lee, A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Historical series:  Katharine Ashe, The Falcon Club (**How a Lady Weds a Rogue),  Kristen Callihan, Darkest London (**Shadowdance)

I'm particularly fond of queer historical romance, especially those set in the Regency period.  I've been reading a lot more contemporary novels recently, and I love books in a series - especially if they feature athletes!

Favorite Non-Romance

John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany - for many years, I gave this as a Christmas gift to anyone I knew who loved books.  I recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't a John Irving fan (I'm not).

Donna Tartt, The Secret History - well.  It's just excellent.

JK Rowling, Harry Potter (all of them!) - seriously, they're amazing.  If you stopped at book one, you must be tired of hearing people tell you 'you should have kept going.' Just in case you aren't, I'll say it again - keep going.  THEY'RE AMAZING.

What I Love in a Romance

Happily ever afters; dual PoVs; strong female characters

What I Hate About a Romance

Authors who tell me how to feel.  I'm not reading a textbook - it's supposed to be romantic!  I'll figure the feelings if the author sets the scene and develops the characters.  I don't need to be told whether or not I like someone or what he/she is doing.  I can decide for myself thank you.

A Bit More About Me

I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we have two little boys.

My father is a retired Navy pilot and I grew up in lots of different places. I met my husband when my dad was stationed in Virginia, I have a BA from James Madison University, 2 married sisters who live in San Francisco (I used to too),  I love to travel (especially to CA), and I'm learning calligraphy.

Professionally, I'm a middle school PE teacher.  I love having my summers off - and hate admitting I live in Florida.  It was an accident.  I promise.