by Erin Sterling
Publication Date September 28, 2021
Published by Headline
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Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Humorous, Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal, Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Witches, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Humor / General
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.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is a delightful, fun, laugh out loud, a book about witches, and small-town life as a witch. This book is just pure fun.
Vivienne Jones (Vivi), is a witch but lives her life mostly as an ordinary person. She’s a history professor at the nearby college and helps her Aunt Elaine and cousin Gwyn run a witch souvenir store in Graves Glen, GA. Nine years ago, Vivi was devastated after her three-month love affair with Rys Penhallow, one of the ancestors of the founder goes bad. Vivi and her cousin Gwyn, after too many shots of Vodka, decide to put a curse on Rys, even after Aunt Elaine warns to never mix witchcraft and Vodka. Neither Gwyn nor Vivi believes the curse worked, but nine years later when Rys retunes to Graves Glen, the curse is apparently working. Rys faces a myriad of magical problems as he tries to fix the magical leylines that lie in a secret cave on the outskirts of Glen Graves.
This book is engaging and fast-paced, but with enough detail that you felt like you lived in this small town in Georgia along with the witches and the normal people of the town of Graves Glen. I was immediately pulled into this story and thoroughly enjoyed my adventures with these characters as they raced to save the town. Vivi and Rys were engaging characters that I loved immediately. Their witty banter and underlying love for each other were endearing and heartwarming. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun, paranormal romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.