Reviews by Em Wittmann

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What Matters Most

Writing as Gracie Leigh, well-known queer romance author Garrett Leigh ventures into m/f romance with What Matters.  I liked it, though What Matters is a particularly apt title.  I’m grading it based on what matters most to me, versus some specific problems I think some readers will have. (Spoil ...

A-
Cask Strength

Spoilers ahead:  If you haven’t read the first book in the Agents Irish & Whiskey series, Single Malt, it ended with a cliffhanger and this review contains spoilers. Single Malt concluded with Aidan Talley (Irish) and Jameson Walker (Whiskey) solving their case, but Ms. Reyne left us with ...

B+
Concourse

It can be difficult to review a book that is part of a series for a number of reasons, one of which is to do with how one feels about the other books.  That’s especially true of Concourse.  Although I love the Five Boroughs series as a whole, it’s uneven; and while I enjoyed the writing, the f ...

B+
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

In The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, Cecilia Harcourt has found herself on an unexpected adventure. After receiving a letter that her brother, Thomas - who had been in the colonies fighting Washington’s rebels - has gone missing, she summons all her gumption, spends all her cash, and boards ...

A-
Muscling Through

Isn’t it nice when a book surprises you? I try not to judge books by their covers, but I mostly avoided reading Muscling Through because I hated the cover. After finishing it, I’ve decided it’s perfect for this gem of a novella. The model is both menacing and off-putting... when in reality, ...

B
The Hot Shot

Kristen Callihan’s sexy, swoony and supremely entertaining Game On series tops my list of terrific sports romances.  This fourth book, The Hot Shot fits neatly into the series, but it’s a bit different and the only one that I haven’t rated a DIK.  For starters, the principal character, Finn, ...

C
Trust Me

Laura Florand is a new-to-me author, but after reading so many positive reviews of her books, I thought I would like Trust Me, the third book in the Paris Nights trilogy.  Unfortunately, this is a terrible book to try and read as a standalone and trust me when I tell you not to make the same mist ...

B+
At Attention

I admit, I’m a bit late to the SEAL romantic fiction fan club.  Because of my father’s job, I grew up around Marines and Navy SEALs and perhaps that’s why neither group ever held any special appeal to me.  But then I started reading Ms. Albert’s Out of Uniform series… and I’m feeling t ...

C
An Extraordinary Union

AAR reviewers Shannon Dyer and Em Wittmann are here to share their thoughts about An Extraordinary Union, book one in Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series. The book is an historical romance set during the American Civil War which tells the story of two unlikely Union sympathizers who team up to help br ...

B-
Proud Mary

I’m fairly new to Lucinda Brant’s books though I’ve quickly discovered what I like best about her writing - exquisite period detail, slow burn romances, and principals who are both engaging and appealing.  Proud Mary, the fifth book in the Roxton Family Saga is romantic, charming, low on angs ...