The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling | Book Review

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The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling | Book ReviewThe Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Series: Ex Hex #1
Published by HarperCollins on September 28, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Witches, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

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.

Apparently I am in a pattern of reading witch books where a breakup is the catalyst event. The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling had so much hype going for it. I mean, I saw this book all over TikTok and well, as a new TikTok convert, I was somewhat convinced. Of course, there were other elements pulling me to this book — the delightful cover, the witch element, the setting. I knew that if I gave this book a shot, chances were high that I would love it. As it turns out, I really liked this book a whole lot.

The Ex Hex is about Vivienne and Rhys and makes great use of the second chance love trope. Nine years ago, Vivienne and Rhys had a torrid affair over the course of three months in the summer. However, it ended when Rhys had to go back to Wales to break off his betrothal. Vivienne felt so betrayed. And so, under the influence of vodka and a good bath, she curses Rhys. This comes back to bite them in the ass nine years later. You see, Rhys is back in Graves Glen, Georgia for the Founder’s Day festival taking place just before Halloween. He has to charge the ley lines. Only, things start going sideways. It is up to Vivienne and Rhys to find out how to break the curse and save Graves Glen, while also fighting some intense chemistry.

I just gobbled up The Ex Hex. These witch books have got a real hold on me. I loved that this book was set right around Halloween. The atmosphere of Graves Glen really put me in the mood for spooky season. I would love to visit this fictional place and go to the fall events they have. As for the romance, I liked it. I thought that Rhys and Vivienne had such great chemistry — even though Vivienne was bitter a little bit, but who can blame her. I would be too. The spicy scenes were tastefully done and had an element of humor. In all, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is just plain fun and a perfect book to get you read into a Halloween mood. I absolutely foresee adding a physical copy of this book to my shelf eventually.


In all, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is just plain fun and a perfect book to get you read into a Halloween mood.

four-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one – I didn’t know booktok was racing about it! I thought this one was fun but struggled with the audio.

  2. I’ve also seen this book all over TikTok and was wondering if it was worth it since so many of BookToks recs fall flat for me. I’ll have to check this out !

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