Reviews by Em Wittmann

B+
Barbarous

He could be her ruin Hugh Redvers is supposed to be dead. So the appearance of the sun-bronzed giant with the piratical black eye patch is deeply disturbing to Lady Daphne Davenport. And her instant attraction to the notorious privateer is not only wildly inappropriate for a proper widow but pote ...

B-
Beauty and the Brooding Lord

I enjoyed Sarah Mallory’s last book, The Ton’s Most Notorious Rake, and looked forward to reading its loosely linked follow-up.  Beauty and the Brooding Lord is similarly charming and romantic, featuring an appealing pair of principal characters - opposites who bring out the best in each other ...

B+
The Wolf at Bay

If you haven’t read The Wolf at the Door, the first book in the Big Bad Wolf series, be warned - there are spoilers in this review.  In it, the author introduced readers to a world in which werewolves exist, although humans are largely unaware of them.  I was completely sucked into the suspense ...

B
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

While I did enjoy Primrose and the Dreadful Duke, it seemed the author couldn’t decide what kind of novel she was writing, a light and fluffy romance or a dark mystery.  Ms. Larkin tries to do both, but the levity of the principal relationship - a light-hearted, often silly and mostly lovely frie ...

B-
Undue Influence

Undue Influence is a lovely and romantic second-chance love story featuring two likeable - loveable - principal characters, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  As a contemporary romance, it’s good.  But as a queer twist on Persuasion… it’s average.  Yes, all the significant characters and moment ...

C
The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who find ...

B-
Untouchable

What happens when a bad boy becomes a man? Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans. Hannah Kabbah thought her career in ...

A
Salt Magic Skin Magic

This book.  Oh my goodness.  I was bewitched and captivated from the first page to the last, and I barely took any breaks in between.  Magical.  Romantic.  Suspenseful.  Mysterious.  Sexy.  It’s all of those things and a tremendously engaging story.  It’s also Ms. Welch’s first full-l ...

B
Ravensong

Wolfsong was my favorite book of 2016.  If you haven’t read it, you will be lost reading Ravensong (and there are spoilers in this review).  And if you have read it, I highly recommend you re-read it.  There is zero recap when Ravensong begins. T.J. Klune is a wonderfully talented writer.   ...

A
Tight Quarters

The Out of Uniform series has been a reliable favorite of mine since the first book, Off Base.  That book introduced me to the whole military sub-genre in queer romance, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I wasn’t wild about the last couple of books though, and thought the series was losing ste ...