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Book Review - The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
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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.
What was it all about
A curse uttered in heartbreak and tears, with the sway of the candle flame, became alive, yet stayed dormant. The hex on the ex. Until Rhys came to her hometown to activate the key lines.
Calamity struck him one after the other until Vivi realized it was her curse coming true. How will they break the curse and save her town.
How it made me feel
The book had a feel-good atmosphere and was humorous in some sections. The bond between the cousins and the aunt made me feel warm. The magic when it turned naughty was entertaining.
The rom com scenes were fun to read where some of the lines made me giggle. The story had a small-town flavor to it. I loved the ambiance of magic in a place where witches were relatively hidden.
The book had long chapters of hot and steamy scenes which didn’t go well with the vibe of thee story. A cozy ambiance suddenly becoming about oral job made me feel off, especially when I was listening to the audio version.
The author, Erin Sterling aka Rachel Hawkins, did describe it as Hocus Pocus But They Fuck. I expected some amount of smoothness to the flow of the prose. Here it felt discordant…at least to me.
The story was divided like this for me – warm scenes with family, fun scenes with magic going bad, then steamy scenes and the book ended with the women saving the town.
So Hocus Pocus was the sisterhood of witches and fuck was the man. Typical! Making the women do all the hard work while the man sits pretty. 🤣
An entertaining beginning, then – Not for me.
Publication Date: September 2021
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Destiny is super sweet and professional and with just a mail you would get the cover you want.
Too bad it got hot so fast. It looks like a cozy story based on the cover, I am glad I didn’t grab this one. Nice review Shalini.
Thank you Carla, it could have been a wonderful read but sudden onset of graphic sex spoiled the cozy ambiance.