Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Temporary

Temporary is the first collaboration between authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The co-authors find a perfect balance of plot, romance and sex, and I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.  I liked the characters, their backstories, the plot twist that ...

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Illegal Contact

Illegal Contact marks Mr. Hassell’s first foray into sports romance, and it’s a truly engaging and compelling read.  In it, an intimidating, world famous athlete, benched for bad behavior off the field, more than meets his match when he hires a personal assistant who doesn’t care who he is or ...

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Traitor in Her Arms

I should have loved Traitor in Her Arms.   I was sure the combination of spies, an enemies-to-lovers romance and the Scarlet Pimpernel was destined to be wonderful, and I’m so disappointed to tell you it wasn't.  The principals are unappealing, the plot contrived and ridiculous, the secondary c ...

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Dragon Bound

Despite having recently inhaled the first two books in Thea Harrison’s new Moonshadow series, I think it’s necessary to preface this review with a few confessions/disclaimers:  I truly don’t read a lot of PNR/fantasy, I’m only vaguely familiar with elves and Fae (who knew there was more tha ...

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Dating You/Hating You

One of the perils of loving an author is that terrible feeling you get when you just don’t connect with a new book.  You love everything else the author has written, you preorder and auto-buy new releases, and you anxiously watch the calendar waiting for new titles to appear on your Kindle.  And ...

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The Secrets She Keeps

I love a great mystery/thriller and when I need a break from romance (not often!), it’s my go to genre - especially if it's a book by Michael Robotham.  I binged his books a few years ago and I spent a summer engrossed in his addictive Joseph O’Laughlin series, so when I heard he had a new stan ...

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Enlightened

Note:  The books in the Enlightenment trilogy build on each other.  To understand the relationship between the principals and to avoid spoilers in this review, you should read Provoked and Beguiled first. Enlightened is the last book in the Enlightenment trilogy and the strongest. Unlike the pr ...

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I enjoyed every bit of this book and I need/want to convince you to read it too!  Delightful, charming, funny, addictive and entertaining, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is chock full of both vice and virtue.  The Grand Tour of Europe planned by our protagonist quickly goes awry and ev ...

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The Pirate and I

The Pirate and I is a delightful, romantic and utterly charming novella set in between books two and three of Katharine Ashe’s current Devil’s Duke series.  Our reluctant pirate is Charlie Brittle, and his true love is Esme Astell, a perfumer whom he once knew in another - better - life.  Fans ...

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Oversight

Spoiler alert:  The Community books need to be read in order.  Do not read this review if you have not read Insight first. Earlier this year I reviewed the first book in The Community series, Insight, and my major complaint was that it was a bit too busy.  Mr. Hassell spent a good portion of i ...