Reviews by Em Wittmann

B-
The Earl She Should Never Desire

I have a hit/miss relationship with Lara Temple’s books and much to my dismay, The Earl She Should Never Desire is a miss.  Is it bad?  No.  Is it good?  Also, no.  Friends, it’s fine - but I can only recommend it with reservations.  The forbidden love trope - falling in love with your sis ...

A
Part of Your World

Narrated by Julia Whelan and Zachary WebberStrong word of mouth about the author and their new audiobook led me to request Part of Your World from NetGalley last week.  Abby Jimenez is a new-to-me author and lately, I’ve been a bit leery about veering away from old favorites, but I’m happy ...

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The No-Show

First, a bit of backstory.  Months ago, I optimistically requested The No-Show on Netgalley.  I was thrilled (and surprised) when I received a notification that my request was accepted.  To be honest, I requested The No-Show because it was an O’Leary book, and not because of anything I knew abo ...

D
The Viking's Stolen Princess

Oh, friends.  It’s been a long time since I penned a full-length review.  Life.  Amiright?  As many of you know, I like Viking romances.  A lot.  I like to read about marauding men and women who travel the sea.  I like the descriptions of body tattoos and crazy shaved hairstyles.  Braids. ...

A
A Heart of Blood and Ashes

This was a Best Book of 2020 for us. Have you read it?originally published in February 2020A generation past, the western realms were embroiled in endless war. Then the Destroyer came. From the blood and ashes he left behind, a tenuous alliance rose between the barbarian riders of Pars ...

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Devil in Disguise

We were all hoping for a high grade for Devil in Disguise weren’t we?  Well, good news friends!  This longtime Kleypas fan was well pleased by the story and the romance, and I couldn’t read it fast enough.  There are some problems - instalust really isn’t my jam; I think our hero might be s ...

B-
The Marquess Next Door

I want to tell you I loved this middle novel in The Talk of the Beau Monde series, I really do.  Unfortunately, after an excellent start, the story loses focus.  The author introduces two lovely principal characters - he’s often mistaken for a pirate; she’s a buxom redhead with a sharp mind a ...

B-
Hostage

Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go is one of the books I recommended most frequently.  Clever, surprising, and moving, it satisfies on so many levels.  Unfortunately, it set the standard for every Mackintosh novel I’ve read since, and the author has never achieved the same magical alchemy of susp ...

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The Maidens

I read and enjoyed Alex Michaelides debut, The Silent Patient.  It was nicely creepy, chock full of compelling characters, and ended with an excellent twist I didn’t predict.  Reader, I love unpredictable surprise twists (and diabolical villains)!  A lot.  Unfortunately, The Maidens is nowhere ...

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The Road Trip

Narrated by Josh Dylan and Eleanor TomlinsonThe Road Trip opens in the PoV of Dylan Abbott, just after he and close friend Marcus set off on a road trip to northern Scotland to attend a friend's wedding.  Dylan’s sort of listening to Marcus struggle to apologize (for what we don’t know - ye ...