Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Love Her or Lose Her

I loved Fix Her Up, book one in the Hot and Hammered series.  That was a pleasant surprise since my relationship with Tessa Bailey is hit or (mostly) miss.  I never know how I’m going to feel at the end of one of her novels.  But Fix Her Up was great.  Reader, it featured a children's party pl ...

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Love Lettering

I put off writing a review for Love Lettering because I have so many mixed feelings about the book. I love the art of hand lettering and calligraphy, but I sometimes found the minute focus on the process and different styles (which I obsessed over while reading the text!) distracted my attention fro ...

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A Heart of Blood and Ashes

A 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 Parsathe and the walled kingdoms of the south. That alliance is all that stands against the return of an anci ...

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Thrown Off the Ice

When Thrown Off the Ice first appeared in my GoodReads feed, the cover caught my eye, but I kept scrolling.  When it kept appearing, day after day, I finally clicked through and read the blurb.  It didn’t tell me much: Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with ...

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The Rational Faculty

Spoiler alert:  The  Hazard and Somerset:  A Union of Swords series picks up after the events detailed in Criminal Past (Hazard and Somerset, #6), and there will be spoilers for that series in this review.   Picking up three months after the nightmarish events of Criminal Past, The Rational ...

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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 his ...

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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 ...