Reviews by Em Wittmann

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 ...

F
Alex: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Alexander Crossman, a star hockey player for the Carolina Cold Fury, is a jerk.  To improve his image, team management forces him to pair him up with social worker Sutton Price on a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth.  Sutton, who spent her childhood with a drug addicted and abusive fa ...

B+
The Player and the Pixie

To his chagrin, Irish rugby player Sean Cassidy finds himself attracted to Lucy Fitzpatrick (sister of one of his teammates). He doesn’t know her well, but following a brief conversation at a team party and an awkward dinner date, he can’t stop thinking about her and decides to pursue her.  Luc ...

B
No Mistress of Mine

I’m a fan of Laura Lee Guhrke, though I’ve noticed a trend in her writing that had me worried about this latest novel in the An American Heiress in London series.  It seems like there’s always one book that’s a standout DIK, one that’s a disappointment, and other books that can vary widel ...

C
To Kiss a Thief

Susanna Craig’s debut novel, To Kiss a Thief, is the first in a new series.  Her writing is strong and the story entertains - though it’s a tad too predictable, and relies on two of my least favorite romantic tropes - the Big Misunderstanding and the ‘good, but really bad’ relative - before ...

A
The Scoundrel & I

A delightful twist on the Cinderella fairytale (with a nod to My Fair Lady), The Scoundrel & I is the story of down on her luck Gabrielle Flood and the dashing (and handsome) Captain Anthony Masinter.  The novella works as a standalone, but features characters from both the Falcon Club and Pri ...

A
The Hating Game

I finished The Hating Game and immediately emailed my editor, sister, mom, and hairdresser to tell them about it.  A couple of things you should know - first and foremost, I review and recommend a lot of books, BUT - I don’t LOVE a lot of books. And second, my parents (but most especially my mo ...

C
Eleventh Hour

Eleventh Hour is an historical m/m romance featuring agents for the British Secret Intelligence Service set between World War 1 and 2.  The premise sounded intriguing and this book should have been a slam dunk for me - but wasn’t.  Some things about it are great (refer to the first sentence of t ...

A
A Duke to Remember

AAR staffers Kristen Donnelly and E.B. Wittmann join forces to chat about Kelly Bowen's latest book, A Duke to Remember.   Elise deVries has a unique job for a lady in Regency England. An actress by night, and an investigator by day, Elise works for a secretive and highly-sought-after agency that ...

B
Broken Prince

Did you read the first book in the Royals trilogy, Paper Princess?  I have good news for you:  Broken Prince is just as addictive and compelling and its ending is just as frustrating!  Love, blackmail, betrayals - Broken Prince has all those and more.  Happy ever afters?  Not so much.  When th ...