The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Series: Ex Hex #1
Heat Level: 🔥
Release Date: September 28, 2021
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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.
Vivienne Jones fell in love one perfect summer, nine years ago. Vivienne met Rhys Penhallow and sparks flew. There might have been the hiccup that he was a decendent of the towns ancestors, but Vivienne believed their love could survive everything. That is, until Rhys broke her heart and left for Wales. Heartbroken and drunk on vodka, Vivienne and her cousin decide to curse Rhys! They didn’t think anything came of it and Vivienne moved on from Rhys.
It’s now nine years later and Rhys is back in town. The strangest thing – he doesn’t think his magic works in Graves Glen and he is on some important business on behalf of his father. For him to finish his task, he will definitely need to use his power. It isn’t until he runs into Vivienne that Rhys realizes she put a hex on him. Now the entire town is in danger – will Rhys and Vivienne find a way to reverse the curse without falling for each other again?
If you are a fan of Halloween (which I so am!) I think you will definitely enjoy reading The Ex Hex. I loved the description of the scenery and the vivid colors that Erin Sterling invoked while reading the book. The Ex Hex had me laughing out loud almost right from the beginning. I loved the relationship that Vivienne had with her aunt as well as her cousin Gwyn. The suspense to try to reverse the curse was also a lot of fun!
My only qualm is that I wish there was more angst/longing/back story with Vivienne and Rhys. I wasn’t quite sold on their second chance love story.
Overall I would give The Ex Hex 3.5 stars! I hope that Gwyn gets her book – she’s such a fun and feisty character and I would love to read her story!