Reviews by Em Wittmann

B+
The Wicked Cousin

The Wicked Cousin starts off on a high note with a superb prologue that’s both gripping and moving, and introduces us to the book’s eponymous hero, Sebastian Audley. The story loses steam somewhat after the principals fall in love, but fortunately, Ms. Riley’s terrific writing elevates this ra ...

A-
A Counterfeit Heart

When I saw that Ms. Bateman had a new book out in her Secrets and Spies series, I was anxious to get my hands on it - but wary as well.  I loved the first book in the series, To Steal A Heart, but I was much less fond of the second, A Raven’s Heart.  Fortunately, when I picked up A Counterfeit H ...

B+
Enemies Like You

Okay - let’s just keep this real. I don’t really believe the CIA is sending super hot retired, elite Special Forces soldiers to assassinate corrupt, sadistic, crazy rich bad guys or that said bad guys employ cross-dressing assassins to keep them alive.  Or that these deadly assassins are so par ...

B
The Duke's Unexpected Bride

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, not very much about how the two principals in The Duke’s Unexpected Bride come to find themselves betrothed felt appropriate to their stations in life and/or the historical setting of the book.  Ladies didn’t run amok unchaperoned in London, and dukes d ...

B
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, ...