Reviews by Em Wittmann

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Strays

I’m a bit late to the Garrett Leigh fan club.  I had read another novel by the author in 2016, and though I liked it, I wasn’t blown away.  Scrolling through my TBR pile a few months ago I realized I owned another Leigh book, Misfits, and decided to try her again.  I’m so glad I did, becaus ...

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Madly

Because my love affair with contemporary romance started with About Last Night, a novel linked to this one, I had a special place in my heart for Madly even before I started reading it.  While it features my favorite romantic trope - opposites falling in love - it's also a story of redemption and s ...

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Insight

I’m a Santino Hassell fan, and though I don’t read much paranormal romance, I confidently opened Insight assuming I would love it. Yet while the book is compelling and entertaining, the balance of romance/paranormal/thriller didn’t thrill me.  The first half of the book is a teasing, slow-bur ...

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Edge of Power

Rejoice Wulf fans! In Edge of Power we get his story and an enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to the sexy, futuristic Edge series (at least for now).  The self-professed King of the West gets the comeuppance he so richly deserves - ending the overarching four book plot, while Ms. Crane rewa ...