Reviews by Em Wittmann

A+
Best of Luck

Continuing with the lucky theme that runs throughout the fantastic Chance of a Lifetime series, Best of Luck proves three’s a charm; good things do come in threes; and it's a magic number.   While all the books are uniformly good, featuring likeable and relatable principal characters, secondary ...

A
Rend

I tend to either wildly love Roan Parrish’s books or dislike them intensely, and Rend, my friends, falls squarely in the ‘wildly love’ category.  Although much of its subject matter is somber and heavy, the author deftly balances the darkness with a passionate romance that’s heartbreakingly ...

A+
How a Lady Weds a Rogue

I first read How a Lady Weds a Rogue years ago and I loved it.  After reading it again this past week, I think I loved it even more.   The third novel in Katharine Ashe’s Falcon Club series, it features Wyn Yale, aka The Raven, whose specialty is retrieving lost girls.  Charming, handsome, clev ...

A-
To Catch a Rogue

Bec McMaster has done it again.  Fast paced, suspenseful and romantic, To Catch a Rogue is a terrific addition to her marvelous  London Steampunk universe.  Like its predecessors, the novel spotlights one couple whilst integrating their love story into the larger overarching plot linking The Blue ...

B+
Barbarous

He could be her ruin Hugh Redvers is supposed to be dead. So the appearance of the sun-bronzed giant with the piratical black eye patch is deeply disturbing to Lady Daphne Davenport. And her instant attraction to the notorious privateer is not only wildly inappropriate for a proper widow but pote ...

B-
Beauty and the Brooding Lord

I enjoyed Sarah Mallory’s last book, The Ton’s Most Notorious Rake, and looked forward to reading its loosely linked follow-up.  Beauty and the Brooding Lord is similarly charming and romantic, featuring an appealing pair of principal characters - opposites who bring out the best in each other ...

B+
The Wolf at Bay

If you haven’t read The Wolf at the Door, the first book in the Big Bad Wolf series, be warned - there are spoilers in this review.  In it, the author introduced readers to a world in which werewolves exist, although humans are largely unaware of them.  I was completely sucked into the suspense ...

B
Primrose and the Dreadful Duke

While I did enjoy Primrose and the Dreadful Duke, it seemed the author couldn’t decide what kind of novel she was writing, a light and fluffy romance or a dark mystery.  Ms. Larkin tries to do both, but the levity of the principal relationship - a light-hearted, often silly and mostly lovely frie ...

B-
Undue Influence

Undue Influence is a lovely and romantic second-chance love story featuring two likeable - loveable - principal characters, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  As a contemporary romance, it’s good.  But as a queer twist on Persuasion… it’s average.  Yes, all the significant characters and moment ...

C
The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who find ...