New York Times Bestseller
Erin Sterling casts a delightful spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong.
“A delightful and witty take on witchy mayhem.” — Popsugar
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.
Filled with delightful witchiness and humor, this playful romantic comedy from Sterling (The Wife Upstairs, written as Rachel Hawkins) explores second chances and self-discovery. Nineteen-year-old Vivi Jones fell hard for Welsh exchange student Rhys Penhallow so hard that her heart shattered when he revealed his father was arranging a marriage for him back home. Despite only recently learning of her witchy nature, the devastated Vivi put a curse on Rhys with the assistance of her cousin, Gwyn. Nine years later, Rhys returns to small-town Graves Glen, Ga., and his trip is disastrous from the moment he steps foot into the town, proving that even as a teenage witch, Vivi packed a punch. The poor man is felled by mishap after mishap until he discovers the magical cause of his misfortune. With time running out before Halloween, when "the curse reaches its zenith," Rhys and Vivi, now a history professor at the college where they met, must find a way to break the curse before it destroys the town which means finding a way to make peace with each other. Comedic chaos rules the day, with plenty of laughs overlaying just a touch of introspection as the exes realize how much they still mean to each other. The result is a fluffy Halloween treat.
A delightful Halloween Story
Four and a Half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
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, went 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 returns 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.
Ended really quick and anti climactically and the happily ever after seemed lackluster to me
This was a well written and a wonderful choice for my Halloween read. Loved it!