Reviews by Em Wittmann

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The Roommate

Friends, there is nothing like reading a debut romance and loving it.  Surprising, funny, sexy and original, The Roommate is on my shortlist of favorite books of 2020.  It’s excellent. Clara Wheaton has loved Everett Bloom since they were small children.  Their families, part of the Connecti ...

B-
One By One

Despite my being a thriller/suspense-sans-romance newbie, Ruth Ware’s name is familiar to me - her books are prominently displayed by my local bookseller, and we’ve given two of her books DIKs.  So when I saw she had a new book out for review I snapped it up.  One by One is a contemporary twis ...

B
Better Than People

I like dogs and cats, and I like shifter stories that center ‘pack’.  Unfortunately, despite these things - and my fondness for this author’s work - I didn’t really like Better Than People.  No, it isn’t a shifter story.  But animals and pack are at its heart, and if you aren’t a big ...

B
Always Only You

I’ll be honest, I knew very little about this book when I requested it.  I saw the lovely cartoon cover featuring a hockey player (I like them, btw), read the blurb, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  Friends, the risk paid off.  I mostly enjoyed Always Only You, the second novel in th ...

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The Keeper of Bees

Emery Hazard has pretty much everything under control. He and his fiancé, John-Henry Somerset, are more in love than ever, despite the stress of wedding preparations hanging over them. His business as a private investigator is growing. He’s even enjoying time with his growing circle of friends. T ...

B
Paradise Cove

Saving the CEO, the first book in Jenny Holiday’s 49th Floor series, was one of the very first contemporary romance novels I ever read.  Since then, my history with Holiday is mostly hits, and a few misses.  Which makes it rather fitting that I’m on the fence grading Paradise Cove, the second ...

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The Last Arrow

Although The Last Arrow can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for earlier books in the Robin Hood trilogy in this review.   In Through a Dark Mist, Lucien Wardieu (aka the Black Wolf; aka Lord Randwulf de la Seyne Sur Mer, champion of Queen Eleanor of Aqu ...

B
In the Shadow of Midnight

Note: Although In the Shadow of Midnight can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for Through a Dark Mist (Robin Hood #1) in this review.   ItSoM begins with a prologue.  After a failed attempt to reinstate himself as a claimant to the throne of England, Ar ...

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Through a Dark Mist

I'm currently having a love affair with medieval romances, and two recent blog posts (HERE and HERE) only fueled the fire.  Friends, I’m also squarely in the Shana Abe camp: ... if you insist upon immersing yourself in the nitty-gritty of everyday medieval life (and let me warn you, it isn’t p ...

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A Touch of Stone and Snow

Danger lurks in the western realms. The Destroyer’s imminent return has sent the realms into turmoil as desperate citizens seek refuge—but there’s no safety to be found when demons and wraiths crawl out from the shadows. Even Koth, a northern island kingdom left untouched by the Destroyer a ge ...