Reviews by Em Wittmann

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Cinderella Heiress

Reader, when I see Cinderella in a book title, I have some minimum expectations for the story.  One: the heroine was once blessed with a happy (prosperous) life; two:  the heroine is treated poorly by a step-family after the death of a birth parent; three:  the down-on-her luck heroine never lose ...

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The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance

Reader, Viking romances are my jam.  I’m here for long-haired men with braids and beards and muscles for days, tattoos and runes, long-houses and long ships, long winters and starry night skies, cinnamon roll Chieftains, and Valkyrie-esque women.  More please.  Unfortunately, there are too few ...

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The First Snow of Winter

The First Snow of Winter is a prequel to the other novellas in the Winterbourne series.After five years on the Continent, Captain Samuel Alderton returns to Alderton Hall a changed man.  Weary from fighting, struggling with the loss of his left arm in Toulouse, and a bit depressed and uncertain ...

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Mr. Winterbourne's Christmas

Note: There are spoilers for Introducing Mr. Winterbourne in this review.In Introducing Mr. Winterbourne we met Lysander Winterbourne, third son of the Earl of Winterbourne, and Adam Freeman, a wealthy mill owner whose younger brother married Lysander’s sister, Althea.  The pair fell for each ...

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Introducing Mr. Winterbourne

After spending his morning riding in Town with good friend Perry Cavendish, Lysander Winterbourne, third son of the Earl of Winterbourne, plans to depart for Winterbourne Abbey the following morning.  He hopes to one day run the estate on behalf of his father and older brother, and just a week ago ...