Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Object of Desire

Reviewing romantic suspense is a bit of a sticky wicket, as it’s extremely difficult to discuss a suspense novel without spoiling it. Reader, Object of Desire has so many of secrets (and potential bad guys) it’s difficult to keep track of them all!  And then Ms. Maclean further muddies the wate ...

B
The Marigold Chain

Narrated by Alex Wyndham So, so many people love The Marigold Chain (really, anything by Stella Riley) and for good reason.  Her attention to detail - from the dialogue to the setting and time period  to the clothing -  everything is pitch perfect.  However, The Marigold Chain is history dens ...

A-
Wanna Bet?

I recently reviewed A Girl Like Her by Ms. Hibbert and raved about it.  Since finishing it, I’ve read almost everything else she has written, and readers looking for a fresh take on familiar tropes will find much to love in her back catalog.  In Wanna Bet?, she takes on the familiar ‘love ‘e ...

B+
Luck of the Draw

Before I begin this review let me remind you how I felt about the first book in the Chance of a Lifetime series, Beginner’s Luck:  IT BLEW ME AWAY.  I loved everything about it (especially its leading man), including the premise that sets up the trilogy - three close friends enjoy a boozy night ...

F
What a Difference a Duke Makes

Despite the fact that none of the books in Lenora Bell’s The Disgraceful Dukes trilogy had earned better than a D from the team here at All About Romance, I nonetheless decided to give her new series a try.  New year, fresh start and all that.  Unfortunately, What a Difference a Duke Makes, is - ...

A
A Girl Like Her

Don’t you just love the simple pleasure of opening a book you know very little about and finding treasure within its pages?  Me, too.  When I read the blurb for A Girl Like Her, I was wary.  The heroine is alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news; als ...

B
Exposed: A Romance Anthology

I’m familiar with - correction - I’m a fan of quite a few of the nine authors included in the Exposed:  A Romance Anthology, and from the moment I heard about this collaboration on social media, I wanted to review it.  Each of the Exposed novellas centers around a principal character - one of ...

C+
Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal

In this second Wild Lords and Innocent Ladies novel, Lara Temple re-introduces us to her trio of former officers (current best friends) damaged by their pasts and profoundly changed by their shared wartime experiences.  Wealthy, attractive and publicly infamous as rakes, they privately work tireles ...

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A Duke in the Night

Some authors just get better and better each time out, and Kelly Bowen is one of them.  Her last series, Season for Scandal, was tremendous, but right out of the gate, A Duke in the Night trumps them all.  It’s smart, sexy and romantic, and I enjoyed every bit of it.  In the lovely novella The ...

C
The Wedding Date

Based on early buzz, I had high hopes for The Wedding Date.  Unfortunately, although Ms. Guillory introduces two appealing principals, the story is predictable and flat, and her characters spend too much time in their own heads and physically separated (he lives in Los Angeles, she lives in Berkele ...