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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for The Ex Hex

  1. 4 out of 5

    shre ♡

    THE AUTHOR DESCRIBED IT AS “HOCUS POCUS BUT THEY FUCK” AND I’VE NEVER WANTED ANYTHING MORE. also by the same author who wrote hex hall, one of my childhood favorites sooooo, i’ll be there.

  2. 4 out of 5

    chloe

    a silly goofy spooky time!!! loved it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    4.5 stars ok i had a lot of fun reading this book. literally it is perfect for spooky season. i legit felt like i was living in the small town that this book takes place in. i felt the autumn ambience and energy in my vagina...you will understand when you read it. love these characters. Vivienne was so funny and such an enjoyable character to read about. she's a badass witch that had me actually laughing out loud. i was gasping for air y'all. Rhys is a real pussy pleaser. there is something about 4.5 stars ok i had a lot of fun reading this book. literally it is perfect for spooky season. i legit felt like i was living in the small town that this book takes place in. i felt the autumn ambience and energy in my vagina...you will understand when you read it. love these characters. Vivienne was so funny and such an enjoyable character to read about. she's a badass witch that had me actually laughing out loud. i was gasping for air y'all. Rhys is a real pussy pleaser. there is something about the male love interest being Welsh that made my pussy throb. he is so hot and his dynamic/chemistry with Vivienne was done flawlessly. and this man would be calling Vivienne words of endearment in his native language even before they declared there love for one another...another thing that made my pussy throb. this was such a cute, light hearted read, with a strong plot and characters. i need more books like this

  4. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    lots of thoughts and also none at all.... vlog coming sunday

  5. 5 out of 5

    literarylesbian

    It was okay, but the ending was cheesy even for me (and I was born in Wisconsin).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Bantering Books (On Reviewing Hiatus)

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. 4.5 stars Be still my heart. My Practical Magic-lovin’ heart. My fall-lovin’, Halloween-lovin’ heart. For I have found one of the funniest, hottest, witchiest rom-coms I’ve ever read – Erin Sterling’s novel, The Ex Hex. Nine years ago, Rhys Penhallow shattered Vivienne Jones’s heart. And Vivi did what any other hurt witch would do – she cursed him. She didn’t seriously curse him, though. Vodka was involved, and all she had on hand was a Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. 4.5 stars Be still my heart. My Practical Magic-lovin’ heart. My fall-lovin’, Halloween-lovin’ heart. For I have found one of the funniest, hottest, witchiest rom-coms I’ve ever read – Erin Sterling’s novel, The Ex Hex. Nine years ago, Rhys Penhallow shattered Vivienne Jones’s heart. And Vivi did what any other hurt witch would do – she cursed him. She didn’t seriously curse him, though. Vodka was involved, and all she had on hand was a cheap scented candle. There’s no way the curse stuck, right? WRONG. When Rhys returns to town nearly a decade later, it soon becomes clear to Vivi that her curse did, in fact, stick. And now she must figure out a way to reverse it before both Rhys and her beloved town of Graves Glen are destroyed. The Ex Hex is cute, cute, CUTE! I absolutely loved it. Sterling has written a surefire winner for romance fans who, like me, enjoy a little hocus pocus with their hanky-panky. (Psst! By the way, Sterling is author Rachel Hawkins in disguise.) As I hinted above, the novel is a sexier, funnier, more foul-mouthed Practical Magic. The chemistry between Vivi and Rhys is smoking hot, and Sterling’s literary comedic timing is superb. I laughed aloud many times from all the hilarious one-liners, hysterical situations, and well-placed, amusing F-bombs. (FYI: If you have any aversion to Sterling’s beloved four-letter word, you will need to check it at page one. She enjoys dropping it frequently. Personally, I developed a new appreciation for its comic value. Who knew the F-bomb could be so funny when written in just the right spot?) The only reason I’m not awarding The Ex Hex a full five stars is that the story loses a bit of steam midway. It rebounds beautifully in the final act, though, giving the reader a magical, emotional conclusion to Vivi and Rhys’s journey. So what are you waiting for, aside from me to wrap up this review? Don your witch’s hat, hop on your broom, and fly to the nearest bookstore to grab yourself a copy of The Ex Hex. It’s (F-bomb)ing fantastic. My sincerest appreciation to Erin Sterling and William Morrow for the physical Advance Review Copy. All opinions included herein are my own. Bantering Books Instagram Twitter Facebook

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    3.5 stars. This was VERY VERY fun and reminded me so much of all the cozy small town witchy books (the Sweep series by Cait Tiernan, anyone?????) I used to read in middle school and I liked it SO MUCH. Definitely recommend if you're looking for something to ease you into the spooky season vibes! 3.5 stars. This was VERY VERY fun and reminded me so much of all the cozy small town witchy books (the Sweep series by Cait Tiernan, anyone?????) I used to read in middle school and I liked it SO MUCH. Definitely recommend if you're looking for something to ease you into the spooky season vibes!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca & The Books

    Imagine 90s Sabrina meets Bewitched set in Halloweentown but as a steamy romance and you have this book! We follow Vivi, who after a summer fling that ended badly, curses the man who broke her heart using a Bath and Body Works candle. Thinking nothing of it, Vivi moves on with her life until Rhys (her ex love), waltzes back into her life 9 years later and it turns out that maybe Vivi's curse worked after all. Honestly this was exactly what I needed - The Ex Hex is a fun page turner filled with pur Imagine 90s Sabrina meets Bewitched set in Halloweentown but as a steamy romance and you have this book! We follow Vivi, who after a summer fling that ended badly, curses the man who broke her heart using a Bath and Body Works candle. Thinking nothing of it, Vivi moves on with her life until Rhys (her ex love), waltzes back into her life 9 years later and it turns out that maybe Vivi's curse worked after all. Honestly this was exactly what I needed - The Ex Hex is a fun page turner filled with pure chaotic energy and immaculate witchy vibes. I adored the romantic elements - Rhys is a smooth, Welsh charmer and I honestly fell in love with him from his first appearance on the page. The chemistry he had with Vivi combined with the top banter and witchy goodness had me very quickly obsessed with this book! Will absolutely read Erin Stirling's next novel and I now have to restrain my self from finding more witchy romance to binge!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Closer to a 2.5 This was fine, it was a cute concept and I love the town and how much they love Halloween, but I didn’t feel any chemistry or connection between the romantic leads 🤷🏻‍♀️ Reading vlog with more thoughts: https://youtu.be/rv-TLDKUE80 Closer to a 2.5 This was fine, it was a cute concept and I love the town and how much they love Halloween, but I didn’t feel any chemistry or connection between the romantic leads 🤷🏻‍♀️ Reading vlog with more thoughts: https://youtu.be/rv-TLDKUE80

  10. 4 out of 5

    KaY

    Love the witchy war! A fun rom-com and a wonderful seasonal read. This is not a cozy story. 😉 After seeing over 150 "bot" accounts on GR that push their "factory" reviews, I'm not in the mood to write a proper review. And NO, they aren't for this book. 😊 Love the witchy war! A fun rom-com and a wonderful seasonal read. This is not a cozy story. 😉 After seeing over 150 "bot" accounts on GR that push their "factory" reviews, I'm not in the mood to write a proper review. And NO, they aren't for this book. 😊

  11. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Fall Bingo (#FallInLoveBingo🍂): Witches A book about magic should not have bored me to tears. I skimmed the second half because I wasn’t loving the ship. I have spoilery thoughts about the worldbuilding that I won’t discuss (because: spoiler) but I wish the magic system had been fleshed out a little more. I can’t think of anything objectionable about THE EX HEX; I just didn’t vibe with the ship. I didn’t feel excited about their relationship progression. I’m sure other readers can answer 2021 Fall Bingo (#FallInLoveBingo🍂): Witches A book about magic should not have bored me to tears. I skimmed the second half because I wasn’t loving the ship. I have spoilery thoughts about the worldbuilding that I won’t discuss (because: spoiler) but I wish the magic system had been fleshed out a little more. I can’t think of anything objectionable about THE EX HEX; I just didn’t vibe with the ship. I didn’t feel excited about their relationship progression. I’m sure other readers can answer the question of “why are Rhys and Vivi a good couple together?” — but I can’t! I never got emotionally invested in the “we accidentally corrupted the ley lines with bad magic” storyline. Ambivalence about a HEA is not a good sign! So: two stars for boredom. I 100% acknowledge that it’s me, not the book (clichéd, I know). Reading other reviews makes it clear that I am a Halloween-themed grinchy anomaly, so disregard this review if the witchy premise appeals to you. THE EX HEX is fine and you’ll likely love it if you’re looking for a Hocus Pocus/Practical Magic-esque romance novel. Also: I am so freaking tired of Harry Potter references. They just make me want to cry. I don’t want a reminder of a fandom that hurts me, okay? I hand-waved the muggle allusion away, but the second reference that lasted AN ENTIRE PAGE really upset me. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is a light and fun paranormal romantic comedy featuring witches Vivienne Jones and Rhys Penhallow. Nine years ago, Rhys left 19 year-old Vivi to go back to Wales. With a broken heart and encouragement from her cousin Gwyn, Vivi mixes vodka, baths, candles, and magic to curse Rhys. She thinks that he will only have a bad hair day or two. But when Rhys returns to Graves Glen, Georgia to recharge the town’s ley lines, things go wrong. Did the curse work after all? Viv The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is a light and fun paranormal romantic comedy featuring witches Vivienne Jones and Rhys Penhallow. Nine years ago, Rhys left 19 year-old Vivi to go back to Wales. With a broken heart and encouragement from her cousin Gwyn, Vivi mixes vodka, baths, candles, and magic to curse Rhys. She thinks that he will only have a bad hair day or two. But when Rhys returns to Graves Glen, Georgia to recharge the town’s ley lines, things go wrong. Did the curse work after all? Vivi and Rhys are likeable characters with great chemistry, but part of the time, they seem to be more interested in rekindling their romance than fixing what has gone wrong in the town. That makes them seem realistic, but somewhat irresponsible at times. The supporting characters provided conflict or support and had an appropriate amount of depth. The story moved along at a decent pace with some suspense, but not quite as much as I expected. As fall approaches, I wanted to read a story with a Halloween theme and this one fit the bill. Witches, curses, ley lines, a witch college, ghosts, romance, biting toys, and a talking cat make for an enjoyable tale. There are some other important themes that run through the book including family, lies of omission, humor, feeling stable and safe, trust, attraction, and love. Overall, this was a humorous and entertaining read. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 stars for the pure enjoyment and fun that I had reading this book. William Morrow and Custom House – Avon and Erin Sterling provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for September 28, 2021.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    “Never mix vodka and witchcraft.” That’s the first line of this novel, and it sets the scene quite well. Vivienne “Vivi” Jones had her heart broken 9 years ago. In a drunken state of mind, and with the help of her cousin, she jokingly placed a curse on the man in question. Only it seems the curse actually worked. Oh, and Vivi and her family are witches. Now in present day Graves Glen, Georgia, the cursed man, Rhys Penhallow, is back in town to do some witchy business for Founder’s Day. He and his f “Never mix vodka and witchcraft.” That’s the first line of this novel, and it sets the scene quite well. Vivienne “Vivi” Jones had her heart broken 9 years ago. In a drunken state of mind, and with the help of her cousin, she jokingly placed a curse on the man in question. Only it seems the curse actually worked. Oh, and Vivi and her family are witches. Now in present day Graves Glen, Georgia, the cursed man, Rhys Penhallow, is back in town to do some witchy business for Founder’s Day. He and his family are witches too (they don’t call the men wizards anymore). Rhys doesn’t actually realize he’s been cursed until returning to town and coming face to face with Vivi. The chemistry they previously had together instantly presents itself again, as much as Vivi tries to push it away. But when it becomes clear to her that the curse on Rhys extends to the whole town of Graves Glen, she realizes they need to work together to try and banish the evil. They have to deal with a bitchy ghost who should never have been summoned, ankle-biting Halloween toys, spells not working like they’re supposed to, and a cat who can all of a sudden talk. Can they do all of this and save the town while keeping their zippers zipped? Not quite. Zippers become unzipped. This was a fun read...and I timed it very well, finishing it on Halloween. The writing is atmospheric, the sexual tension is...well...tense, and there are some genuine LOL / cute moments. This is a winner from Rachel Hawkins, writing under the name of Erin Sterling. While I probably won’t remember this one too much by next Halloween, it was an enjoyable romp with charming characters and an appealing story. Highly recommend for those who don’t mind a little extra pumpkin “spice” and a whole lotta amusing F-bombs. Happy Halloween! 🎃 🧙🧙🧙.🧹 (3.5 stars in layman’s terms) Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  14. 4 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    Being that this book is compared to Hocus Pocus i expected it to to only be similar in the fact that it has witches but i really think it is similar in the aspect of the small town. OMFG this book has the best small town ever. i absolutely adored the witchy things in the book. It’s a second chance romance so i just knew i would devour this and i did. I truly believe this book got me out of a slump. Gwyn was one of my favorite characters so if the author decides to do a companion novel i would ab Being that this book is compared to Hocus Pocus i expected it to to only be similar in the fact that it has witches but i really think it is similar in the aspect of the small town. OMFG this book has the best small town ever. i absolutely adored the witchy things in the book. It’s a second chance romance so i just knew i would devour this and i did. I truly believe this book got me out of a slump. Gwyn was one of my favorite characters so if the author decides to do a companion novel i would absolutely love if it was about her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cas

    Such a perfect book for the spooky season! I loved reading this, it was very fun and light hearted. The main characters were amazing. Vivi wasn’t a typical annoying bitch and Rhys wasn’t a typical grumpy brooding ass. They were both right and wrong and I love their ages. A breath of fresh air after reading about teenage mcs😩 Their relationship development was so cute too. It’s an enemies to lovers and second chances trope. Vivi’s cousin was hilarious and when she protected her dear pet and said t Such a perfect book for the spooky season! I loved reading this, it was very fun and light hearted. The main characters were amazing. Vivi wasn’t a typical annoying bitch and Rhys wasn’t a typical grumpy brooding ass. They were both right and wrong and I love their ages. A breath of fresh air after reading about teenage mcs😩 Their relationship development was so cute too. It’s an enemies to lovers and second chances trope. Vivi’s cousin was hilarious and when she protected her dear pet and said that’s her baby, I felt😤 The plot was also fast pacing which I like. The ending was cheesy af, yes, but hey it was cute don’t even tell me you wouldn’t want a hea for yourself👺 There is smut but it’s very subtle. My pussy throbbed the right amount of time🤧

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    So it turns out that when it comes to reading, dark and bizarre are much more my speed than a fluffy romance. I swear I tried- this started out so fun! But between a haphazard plot and overuse of the term “rakish” The Ex Hex is like a pumpkin spice latte, a good idea on paper, but saccharine and unmemorable in reality. The story follows a semi-practicing witch Vivienne, who teaches history at a small Georgian college and is unable to forget her ex Rhys, a Welsh witch she spent a whirlwind summer So it turns out that when it comes to reading, dark and bizarre are much more my speed than a fluffy romance. I swear I tried- this started out so fun! But between a haphazard plot and overuse of the term “rakish” The Ex Hex is like a pumpkin spice latte, a good idea on paper, but saccharine and unmemorable in reality. The story follows a semi-practicing witch Vivienne, who teaches history at a small Georgian college and is unable to forget her ex Rhys, a Welsh witch she spent a whirlwind summer with almost a decade ago during his time studying abroad. Rhys likewise pines for Vivienne while running a successful travel business back home in Wales. Their brief 3 month romance came to an end when Rhys belatedly revealed his betrothal to another witch back home (a notion that is brought up repeatedly throughout the book but never actually explained- whatever became of the mystery betrothed?) and Viv understandably broke up with and (accidentally) cursed him. When Rhys returns to Georgia on magical business, Vivienne’s curse wreaks havoc on both him and the town. Soon the pair find themselves rekindling an old flame, and occasionally conducting research into how to lift the curse. What I was hoping for was a steamy, Practical Magicish romp, and what I got was more of a Netflix original movie that was neither sexy or fun enough to keep me hooked. All of the novel’s plot is squished into the final quarter of the book, as neither Viv nor Rhys take much action to reverse this apparently dangerous curse until the last minute… The curse itself also didn’t seem like too big of a deal until the end of the book and suddenly the situation becomes a matter of life and death. The chemistry between the two leads was certainly apparent, but I never really accepted the central idea that they yearned for one another after spending three months together as horny 19 year olds. Lastly, I’d be remiss not to mention that there are some serious fashion crimes committed in this book. When has anyone ever looked irresistible in purple and black striped tights? Don’t even get me started on the black and orange polka dot dress paired with an orange patent belt… Vivienne’s aesthetic channels a mashup between Ms. Frizzle, Spirit Halloween and Hot Topic, and none of it screams sultry historian smoke show.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    It’s witchy season in Romancelandia! Over the past couple of months, I’ve read the word grimoire so many times it doesn’t mean anything to me anymore, and if I could tell you the amount of errant curses there have been… You would be shocked. But no matter! Because it’s all led me to this delightful rom-com about Vivienne, a History professor witch, and her ex, Rhys, the sexy Welsh travel agent whom she cursed ten years ago with a Bath & Body Works candle. (Are all Welsh romance heroes named Rhys? It’s witchy season in Romancelandia! Over the past couple of months, I’ve read the word grimoire so many times it doesn’t mean anything to me anymore, and if I could tell you the amount of errant curses there have been… You would be shocked. But no matter! Because it’s all led me to this delightful rom-com about Vivienne, a History professor witch, and her ex, Rhys, the sexy Welsh travel agent whom she cursed ten years ago with a Bath & Body Works candle. (Are all Welsh romance heroes named Rhys? Do they all call their love interests cariad? Was this directly inspired by Marrying Winterborne? So many questions.) Anyway. Rhys is back to Vivi’s small town of Graves Glen for the first time since the breakup and the curse she placed upon him is suddenly wreaking all sorts of havoc for local witches. Now, they must work together to figure out how to reverse the curse, and not jump each other’s bones in the process (spoiler alert: the latter is not successful). Things you can find in this book: - Errant ghosts - A magical sex cave - A talking cat - A Viagra spell dealer - Multiple haunted houses I laughed, I swooned, I laughed again. The banter between Rhys and Vivi was pitch perfect, and the Halloween vibes were exactly what I wanted to read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Cute!! And great narration! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Cute!! And great narration! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, which is the pen name of Rachel Hawkins, is cute, witchy, a tad steamy, and very funny in parts. I knew from the hilarious first chapter where Viv drunkenly curses her ex-boyfriend that I was in for a treat. This was such a fun book and perfect for the Halloween season. 🐈‍⬛ 🧙 🎃 🍁 4 stars. TW: Massive F bombs 😆

  20. 5 out of 5

    Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Not the best story, but super cozy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie Colson

    Reading Vlog: https://youtu.be/ChyU-r2AQLY 2.5⭐ The magic trick is that the chemistry keeps disappearing. Vivienne and Rhys spent one summer together when they were 18. They barely got to know each other during that time. It was less than 3 months. She never met his family or made plans with him. Then she finds out he is betrothed to some random witch and he's like "Oh, that? yikes". They break up. He leaves the country. She hexes him. Skip forward 9 years. They see each other again and...are still Reading Vlog: https://youtu.be/ChyU-r2AQLY 2.5⭐ The magic trick is that the chemistry keeps disappearing. Vivienne and Rhys spent one summer together when they were 18. They barely got to know each other during that time. It was less than 3 months. She never met his family or made plans with him. Then she finds out he is betrothed to some random witch and he's like "Oh, that? yikes". They break up. He leaves the country. She hexes him. Skip forward 9 years. They see each other again and...are still obsessed with each other? But they have no memories to look back on other than having sex. They don't actually know anything about each other. The book is trying to lean on the whole "I remember when you..." and "You used to do this" and what not but I'm not buying that because they knew each other so briefly that they don't actually KNOW each other at all. There isn't any chemistry. The romance falls flat in every way for me. BUT the characters are good. I really enjoyed Rhys. Vivienne was alright. But Gwyn and Elaine are AMAZING! Very Practical Magic vibes. The world, setting, characters, and plot of this book are really good. It just sucks that this is marketed as a romance when the romance was so lack luster. I would read another book set in this town. I would love a book about Gwyn and the mayor. Cause that would be hot.

  22. 4 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    This book gives me a strong Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibe which I'm loving so much. A good contender for a spooky season with witches, magic, humour, and a swoony beautiful romance combined with a whole lot of warm fall undertones. The Ex Hex starts with heartbroken Vivi Jones, who chose to move on from the boy who had dumped her in a debarred way of vodka and curse; in which she very much expected to fail but may have worked a little too well after Rhys Penhallow showed up for Graves Glen nine This book gives me a strong Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibe which I'm loving so much. A good contender for a spooky season with witches, magic, humour, and a swoony beautiful romance combined with a whole lot of warm fall undertones. The Ex Hex starts with heartbroken Vivi Jones, who chose to move on from the boy who had dumped her in a debarred way of vodka and curse; in which she very much expected to fail but may have worked a little too well after Rhys Penhallow showed up for Graves Glen nine years later. This book is far from perfect. There were lots of things that I wished would be different or cut down. However, Sterling manages to describe readers with a picturesque Halloween feel and witch vibes, I couldn't help but wish I could experience Graves Glen myself. This makes the first half of the book such an easy and fast read. I love the stellar banter from the resentment that the two main characters still have for each other, making their moments always a barrel of laughs. Vivi and Rhys were such an iconic pair, and I enjoyed their dynamic even with Vivi's cousin, Gwen was in the picture. Nevertheless, there's no denying that the second half of the book started to get tiresome and draggy. The conflict was stalled, with more scenes of the characters banging each other than necessary. The world-building fell off due to the characters' passive approach in breaking the curse; I realized the ending was rushed and poorly delivered. Be that as it may, I believe it pivots on what you're looking for in the book. If you want some fall witchy romance, The Ex Hex is perfect for you but if you're looking for some intense witch adventure, I reckon this book did not have lots in store. It was adequate but I wished there were more they could offer us than just Vivi and Rhys. All in all, the characters were a labour of love, and the book is still enjoyable and noteworthy. Is it something I would find myself rereading? Probably not but I would surely still recommend this for others to read, especially during spooktober. Just all the right feels. [3.5/5]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    I finished this book last night, and I had a bit of a conflicted feelings whether I should give 3 or 4-ish or 5 stars. (Spoilers: I’ll give this 5 stars, because 1) it’s a perfect cutesy read for the spooky month, especially if you don’t want to use your brain too much on a book. 2) the book itself is short (even for a contemporary) along with the chapter pages. 3) Ever since I was a child I always had a fascination towards modern shows/movies that was about witches.) On one hand this was very ea I finished this book last night, and I had a bit of a conflicted feelings whether I should give 3 or 4-ish or 5 stars. (Spoilers: I’ll give this 5 stars, because 1) it’s a perfect cutesy read for the spooky month, especially if you don’t want to use your brain too much on a book. 2) the book itself is short (even for a contemporary) along with the chapter pages. 3) Ever since I was a child I always had a fascination towards modern shows/movies that was about witches.) On one hand this was very easy to read and included the typical tropes you’d expect from a cute romance book. However, on the other hand I was expecting more drama and witch-y stuff. And the penultimate chapter when it came to the “final moment” it ended too quickly that it shocked me. Anyway, I’m still giving it 5 stars, because this book is just what I needed at the moment. ********************************** Since it’s spooky month and I’m in the mood for a romance, I thought now is the perfect time to read this. Also, I know I’ve said this already but I really want this book to be like something similar to Bewitched.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kalyn Nicholson

    This book felt like the grown-up version of Halloweentown with a tasteful dash of 50 Shades of Grey and I loved every minute of it. It is the perfect October read, both lighthearted and funny with Halloween festivities threaded throughout each chapter. While it's not a true testament to actual Wicca or witchcraft, it delivers in wholehearted goodness on everything you imagine Halloween-style witchery to be. Vivi is a loveable main character while Gwyn provides the perfect comedic relief (a person This book felt like the grown-up version of Halloweentown with a tasteful dash of 50 Shades of Grey and I loved every minute of it. It is the perfect October read, both lighthearted and funny with Halloween festivities threaded throughout each chapter. While it's not a true testament to actual Wicca or witchcraft, it delivers in wholehearted goodness on everything you imagine Halloween-style witchery to be. Vivi is a loveable main character while Gwyn provides the perfect comedic relief (a personal fav character with her one-liners) and Rhys delivers all the dreamboat babe vibes. The only reason I'm going 4 instead of 5 stars is just that the storyline itself wasn't the strongest - I assumed there would be deeper ties back to fill in the gaps of Rhys' brothers, father or his hometown in Wales but I still felt content with where the story ended the moment I read the final page. Definitely recommend picking it up next Halloween season.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    3.5 stars (thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book!) Can I move to Graves Glen?? please??? Seriously, the setting has Halloweentown vibes and I need to live there. The Ex Hex is lighthearted, quick read. The romance is adorable, with great banter and compelling protagonists, and the writing itself is really fun. While the plot could be predictable at times and didn't have me fully hooked, I still found this is a great read for spooky season, and perfect for anyone who needs a g 3.5 stars (thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book!) Can I move to Graves Glen?? please??? Seriously, the setting has Halloweentown vibes and I need to live there. The Ex Hex is lighthearted, quick read. The romance is adorable, with great banter and compelling protagonists, and the writing itself is really fun. While the plot could be predictable at times and didn't have me fully hooked, I still found this is a great read for spooky season, and perfect for anyone who needs a good romcom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mika Auguste

    I had to dnf this one besties…the banter was cute and all, but I got 40% in and genuinely was forcing myself to try and finish it. it’s such a short book I should’ve been able to read it in one sitting which says a lot. hopefully I can try and pick this up again sometime in the future because I REALLY wanted to like this

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Witches? Yes please! Second chance at love? Yessss! Enemies to lovers? Well we hit the trifecta there! Okay I know that there are about 10,555 reviews of this book floating around- but here is my 2 cents. This was an easy fun read that definitely fit the season. I would absolutely love to live in that town...it sounded so ...well witchy...and the fall vibes were fantastic! However it did leave me wanting more... witchy - more rom and more com, I couldn't quite put my finger on it but I wan Witches? Yes please! Second chance at love? Yessss! Enemies to lovers? Well we hit the trifecta there! Okay I know that there are about 10,555 reviews of this book floating around- but here is my 2 cents. This was an easy fun read that definitely fit the season. I would absolutely love to live in that town...it sounded so ...well witchy...and the fall vibes were fantastic! However it did leave me wanting more... witchy - more rom and more com, I couldn't quite put my finger on it but I wanted a bit more plot. I loved The Wife Upstairs and I can't wait to read her next book! Thank you to myself for this gifted copy! :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    This was okay but honestly I was hoping for so much more. The spice was mild and the plot was bland and suuuuuuuper rushed. However, I was 100% here for the aesthetic of Graves Glen and the banter between all the characters. It’s a super cute, cozy read for this Halloween season but it definitely could have been so much better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Molly Tullis

    OKAY… it’s an Aries Full Moon and I’m on my period, so I’m choosing violence. Actually, violence chose me. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?! I have seen SO many people talking about this book (I know I only have it because of BOTM) and loving it… y’all? Are you okay? Are we okay? This was a train wreck from start-to-finish. Let’s start the whole thing off by realizing that our two MCs met when they were 19 — and then they’re stuck on each other for a decade!? What? And she says that she hasn’t had as good OKAY… it’s an Aries Full Moon and I’m on my period, so I’m choosing violence. Actually, violence chose me. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?! I have seen SO many people talking about this book (I know I only have it because of BOTM) and loving it… y’all? Are you okay? Are we okay? This was a train wreck from start-to-finish. Let’s start the whole thing off by realizing that our two MCs met when they were 19 — and then they’re stuck on each other for a decade!? What? And she says that she hasn’t had as good of sex since? I’m sorry, no. No. No one is putting it down in college that well. PASS. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS DIALOGUE?! Rhys, our male MC, says things like: “If you let me make you come, I’ll be the happiest man alive” and “I’ll do a fuckload more to you, if you’ll let me.” Just give this man a fedora and tell me he’s never known the touch of a woman. Also? I DESPISE the “let me” dialogue because it’s not consent, it creates an energy in the studio of a man begging a woman to let him do something because she’s not into it. Women are sexual as FUCK and I won’t be apologizing — I’m not “letting” a man do anything, we’re both stoked to be there or GTFO. I’ll get off my witchy pedestal in a moment (no, I won’t) but please… for the love of God… do NOT hex people. Do not CURSE people. Your ex will not magically come back to you. You will inflict anything you send out into the world back on you, three times over. Just… god. Don’t curse people. This book simultaneously makes witchcraft seem trendy and stupid and looks down on people who are curious about it? Miss me with the “But Molly, this is a cute, contemporary romance and you have a thing for death gods and mercenaries.” I sure do. But I love a good contemporary romance — Sonali Dev and Helen Hoang are some of my favorites. This was a childish relationship, a weak plot, and dialogue that honestly makes me wonder how TF this thing got published. Just… if you’ve been seeing this all of Bookstagram and you want to get it. Think twice. I have receipts. These are very real quotes. I’d say I’m sorry… but we know I’m not.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    This was a quick and fun read! I easily finished it in a day. It's a light and fluffy PNR with witches and a second chance romance. This was a quick and fun read! I easily finished it in a day. It's a light and fluffy PNR with witches and a second chance romance.

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