Reviews by Em Wittmann

D+
Mine for Now

It always amazes me how differently I can feel about books by the same author.  Over the past week, I read the final (delightful) entry in a long running series by a favorite co-author duo, and eagerly picked up Erika Kelly’s, Mine for Now, hopeful it would be similarly great.  I loved You Reall ...

B+
Beautiful

I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) and their Beautiful series. The first book in the series (Beautiful Bastard) didn’t quite have me at ‘hello,’ but not long after I finished the final page, I one-clicked book two, Beautiful Stranger, and never looked bac ...

A-
Where We Left Off

I fell in love with the Middle of Somewhere series from the start - but if I’m honest, by the end of book one, In the Middle of Somewhere, I just wanted to know more about secondary characters Leo and Will.  Ms. Parrish instead opted to redeem a much hated character in Out of Nowhere (book two), ...

C
A Change of Heart

A Change of Heart is my second Sonali Dev novel;  I enjoyed The Bollywood Bride, and had high hopes for this one.  Unfortunately, the misleading categorization (women’s fiction) and my assumption that like its predecessor (which is linked to this story), it was a romance, left me confused about ...

A-
The Goal

Elle Kennedy has a special place in my heart.  The Off-Campus series was my first foray into the sports romance genre and launched my love affair with all things new adult, contemporary and sports team related.  Though I’ve since read many more (good and bad) series - it’s still #2 in my menta ...

D-
If I Only Had a Duke

If only If I Only Had a Duke had actually been about marrying a duke! Unfortunately, there are plots, subplots, tangents, overly complicated lead characters - he’s a hybrid secret vigilante/rake hero, she’s a timid and shy (but not really) heroine; supporting characters who are overly familiar a ...

B
Dressed to Kiss

Lately I’ve had great luck with anthologies and novellas, so I approached Dressed to Kiss hopeful to discover promising new-to-me authors (Robens and Frampton), and confident I would enjoy stories from old favorites (Hunter and Linden).  With thoughts of Loretta Chase’s delightful Dressmaker se ...

B-
Rookie Move

As anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows, I have a not-so-secret love affair with sports romances - especially ones about hockey players.  Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers) is the first in Ms. Bowen’s newest series about a fictional hockey team.  Much of this book lays the groundwork for la ...

B
The Fixer

Jenny Fields is on a crusade – she’s trying to save an historic art building on her college campus, convinced saving it will get her into Columbia for graduate school. At a staff meeting one of her colleagues on the college newspaper suggests they try to get a famous artist alumni on-board to pr ...

B+
Empty Net

This is the fourth book in Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series  and is a heavy, emotionally challenging and entertaining sports romance. Isaac Drake, team captain and goalie for the Spartanburg Spitfires, has just learned Laurent St. Savoy has been traded to the Spitfires as the back-up goalie ...