The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Published September 28th 2021 by Avon


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.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Never mix vodka and witchcraft.

The Ex Hex is a perfect example of a warm, comfortable autumn read. The story gives a vibe of being wrapped in a cozy blanket. And humor serves as cinnamon added to a warm cup of tea. Together they create a very relaxing and stress-relieving read with just the right amount of boo moments to keep a reader from getting bored.

I am a huge fan of Rachel Hawkins (Erin Sterling is a pen name) Hex Hall trilogy. I read it ages ago but it is still one of my favorite young adult series about witches. It had everything I wanted: magic, romantic angst, adventures, and friendship. The Ex Hex is very similar in all these but with a more adult sound to it.

The story is told in two POVs – Rhys (ugh, I still can’t shake the name reference to Sarah J. Maas’s Rhys) and Vivi. They were romantically involved when they were 19 y.o. But as it always happens some very angsty thing occurred and they broke up. Now, 9 years later they meet again, and sparks and magic fly in different directions.

It was very refreshing to read about both male and female witches and how they handled their magic. Vivi and Rhys make a perfect duet; their chemistry was palpable and the humor was so on point! I was so happy we had more than enough interactions between Rhys and Vivi. The only thing that was a little bit off for me in the romance part is sex scenes and sex talk. This book feels more like a magical kind of story, and detailed sex scenes did not fit smoothly into the whole magical picture. I surely enjoyed some lured jokes but the overall sex scenes were a little bit meh.

Also, despite this story being funny, light, and spooky at the right moments, I did not feel it was deep enough for me to really care about anyone. I suppose it is the purpose of such reads: read, enjoy, forget. Out of mind, out of heart. But I surely want to check other books in the series. There are two yummy Penhallow brothers left!

All in all, very light and entertaining autumn read. Perfect for a Halloween mood. If you are stressed or tired, The Ex Hex will lift your spirits and make you crack a smile or two.

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