This was one of my most-anticipated reads for October. As soon as I read the blurb on Goodreads, I immediately added it to my tbr (To-Be-Read) right there and then. The idea of a Hocus-Pocus inspired, witches and second-chance lovers seemed like the prefect concoction for the Halloween season.
However, I will mention that I could not get my hands on a physical copy of this book. I’ve been popping into quite regularly into my local Waterstones and they never have it in stock. Buying it on the website does not seem to be an option either as it’s out-of-stock there too. Despite that, I was desperate to get a copy of this book so I ended up purchasing the e-book edition of this book.
As they say: “If there’s a will, there’s a way”
The Ex Hex
by Erin Sterling
Edition: Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 28th 2021 by Avon
ISBN: 006302747X (ISBN13: 9780063027473)
Series: Ex Hex #1
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins, writing as Erin Sterling, casts a spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong.
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.
That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.
Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.
“Never mix vodka and witchcraft”
This was such a per-fect Halloween romance read.
I would day I am a seasonal reader, so I love books that are marketed to be read in a particular time of year– and this book gave me all the Halloween-y vibes plus a well-written, sweet and spicy romance. What is not to love?
Let’s first talk about the witch and magic elements in this book. Our main character Vivienne is a witch and although that in itself would usually classify a novel as a fantasy book, in this case, I would say that this book still leans towards the more contemporary genre. The same thing with the magic, it wasn’t anything complicated or too in-depth. It almost reminds me of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (a Netflix show I highly recommend btw!) because the fantastical element isn’t the main focus of the story. That being said, the magic does come into play towards the later part of the book which was really fun to see. The small-town setting just adds to the autumnal, cosy atmosphere of this book. So, so good.
As I mentioned, I think the main focus wasn’t on the magic or the cursing; instead I think the main focus of the plot was the romance. Now, I love a second-chance romance. However once you’ve read a large number of books with similar tropes, it does get quite repetitive and predictable. That being said, I really did enjoyed how the romance was played out. Vivienne and Rhys are a really cute couple and I think they balance each other really well. Vivienne is such a fun heroine and has a wicked (no pun intended!) sense of humour that actually had me chuckling aloud at times. Rhys, on the other hand, was an absolute dream. He’s sweet, charming, and not to mention, he is basically a Warlock (that’s an extra brownie point).
(He’s also Welsh so you can BET that he uses his native tongue to slip in an endearment or two).
I am mad about you Vivienne Jones. Again. Or maybe I should say still, because I think I’m gonna be real honest with you here, cariad. I don’t think it ever went away.”
Overall, this was such a satisfying second-chance romance that had all the Halloween vibes and more. The only reason why I didn’t mark it as a 5-star read is because I wish we could’ve developed the magic system even more and be given a more solid ending. Other than that this book was everything I could ask for.
Have you read ‘The Ex Hex’ by Erin Sterling? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! If not, is this book on your tbr?
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