Thursday, 17 February 2022

The Ex Hex - Erin Sterling

Book: The Ex Hex
Author: Erin Sterling
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Witches
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 28th September 2021

My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 17th February 2022


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.


Another book I picked up from The Works in their 3 for £5 offer.

This starts with a drunken Vivienne moaning about the break up with her boyfriend of three short months and deciding to do a bit of silly witchy-ness and  jokingly cursing Rhys Penhallow. Nine years later, Rhys must return to Georgia to channel power into the ley lines in the town and is wary of seeing Vivi again. Remembering she always wanted to see the ley lines he invites her along but when he tries to power them up a little, things backfire and the magic in town goes haywire and Vivi realises that the curse may actually have been real.

Hmm. I enjoyed the authors Hex Hall novels in the past when she wrote them as Rachel Hawkins and I had hopes for this one, too. 

I did like this but I did feel like not enough witchy stuff went on, really. I did like the crazy shop that Vivi's aunt owned. It was popular and they sold all sorts of crazy stuff. I'd have loved to see some pictures of Gwyn's tarot decks at the end as an added bonus.

The plot line of the book seemed to be going one way and then we got a few curve balls thrown in that took it in a different direction. It felt a little jumbled at times. And then the curse seemed to be resolved so quickly and easily at the end - a bit anticlimatic.

And then the romance. I did like that part of this. You could just feel the connection between the characters in the past and also in the present. The attraction and the feelings had never left and they quickly and easily picked it back up. 

I probably will buy the next book in the series if it involves Vivi's cousin, Gwyn.

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