Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Gilded Cage

Last night I finished Gilded Cage, and moments ago, I finished reading the latest batch of responses to the [email protected]:  Does Historical Romance have a quality problem?  Well, if you’re exclusively reading K. J. Charles, the answer is a resounding ‘no.’  This is an author absolutely getting hi ...

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The Lord's Inconvenient Vow

If you’re going to use a descriptor like ‘sinful,’ in your series title, you better bring the sinfulness.  Hard.  And if you don’t?  Well, you better bring something else.  Based on the blurb for The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow, I hoped the ‘something else,’ meant a great opposites att ...

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The Flatshare

Clever, fresh, funny and fun, The Flatshare is one of the best romance novels of 2019.  I’m not quite sure how I missed it when it came out in May, but if you did, too... well, make time for this absolute gem of a book now. After a traumatic break-up with her on again, off again boyfriend Just ...

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Work For It

Talia Hibbert’s A Girl Like Her was one of my favorite books in 2018.  I initially doubted the story could or would appeal to me - as I mentioned in my review, it featured a heroine alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news.  But I was completely won ov ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...