Reviews by Em Wittmann

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Untouchable

What happens when a bad boy becomes a man? Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans. Hannah Kabbah thought her career in ...

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Salt Magic Skin Magic

This book.  Oh my goodness.  I was bewitched and captivated from the first page to the last, and I barely took any breaks in between.  Magical.  Romantic.  Suspenseful.  Mysterious.  Sexy.  It’s all of those things and a tremendously engaging story.  It’s also Ms. Welch’s first full-l ...

B
Ravensong

Wolfsong was my favorite book of 2016.  If you haven’t read it, you will be lost reading Ravensong (and there are spoilers in this review).  And if you have read it, I highly recommend you re-read it.  There is zero recap when Ravensong begins. T.J. Klune is a wonderfully talented writer.   ...

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Tight Quarters

The Out of Uniform series has been a reliable favorite of mine since the first book, Off Base.  That book introduced me to the whole military sub-genre in queer romance, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I wasn’t wild about the last couple of books though, and thought the series was losing ste ...

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The Duke I Tempted

As we all know, début novels are notoriously hit-or-miss, so I’m delighted to tell you The Duke I Tempted fits squarely in the ‘hit’ column.  Deeply moving, tender, and romantic, this is the first novel in Scarlett Peckham’s Secrets of Charlotte Street series.  Charlotte Street is home t ...

B
Risk Taker

In Risk Taker, the third entry in Lily Morton’s wholly entertaining and charming Mixed Messages series, we finally get Henry’s story.  He’s the charismatic and witty best friend of Gabe (Rule Breaker) who’s made memorable, scene stealing appearances in each of the previous instalments; fans ...

B-
Witchmark

Witchmark, by début author C. L. Polk, is an intriguing blend of history, science fiction, fantasy and romance.  In Aeland, a fictionalized Edwardian England, aristocratic families use their magical gifts to keep a stranglehold on the power and wealth of the nation, whilst relegating anyone outsid ...

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The Wolf at the Door

In January, I had the pleasure of reading The Wolf at the Door, the début novel from Charlie Adhara.  I thought it was terrific and couldn’t wait to review it for All About Romance.  So you can imagine my surprise when, after receiving an early copy of the second book in the series, The Wolf at ...

C
Bed of Flowers

In Bed of Flowers, author Erin Satie has produced an interesting, and magic-free, fairy tale retelling. Young and beautiful Bonny Reed is the prettiest girl in town, and possibly the sweetest as well. Unfortunately, after a terrible fire some years before, her family has been through hard times. ...

B
Wicked and the Wallflower

I was predisposed to like Wicked and the Wallflower:  I love a great wallflower, especially if she’s also smart, feisty, curious and passionate and wicked, anti-heroes are my romance catnip - the naughtier the better.  Do your worst romance authors, I’ll love him anyway; and, I’m a fan of Ms ...