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Book Review: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Title: The Ex Hex

Author: Erin Sterling


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.


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Guys, I’m so sad to say that this book was so bad.

Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so bad. What I wanted from this was an easy lovers to enemies to lovers with a hint of magic, however, what was delivered to me was a freaking yawn show.

First things first is the witchcraft system. I was hoping it would be a normal craft story about witches today and this was a fantasy. Now I wouldn’t mind it that much, but the fantasy part was really messy and all over the place. I mean the whole big curse this was thrown into the back corner by the romance and it wasn’t done very well.

Now, the thing is, you can’t really like the romance part if you hate the main characters. And that’s exactly how I felt about it. Both of the characters were so flat and I didn’t give two shits about them. The romance was so badly done as well. I didn’t get the whole chemistry between them. Also, I hate when romance books are unrealistic in terms of people who were together for three months 9 years ago are still thinking of each other on a daily basis. That is a big red flag.

This whole story was incredibly boring. It was painful to get through it so I was just skimming through pages trying to finish this. I would’ve DNF’d it if I didn’t set a little challenge for myself a few days ago. Also, something that I just couldn’t get through were the steamy scenes. They were soo awkward and made me feel yucky so I just skipped them altogether.

Not a fan of this and I’m not recommending it to anyone. The characters wanted to be so different and quirky but in reality, they were so cringy. Thumbs down from me.

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