The Ex Hex is one of the easiest romance reads I’ve experienced all year.
Our main character is a with who works at a fun store with her cousin Gwyn, also a witch, and she spends a lot of time with her at her aunt’s house. Also, you guessed it, a witch.
She works at the local college teaching history. Fun fact the college actually has course for the magical individuals in town. But she doesn’t teach those.
Her mother didn’t tell her they were witches so she feels disconnected from it.
In a nutshell that’s Vivienne.
Her ex is a Welsh man named Rhys Penhallow and the town of Graves Glenn was founded by his ancestor and the college that Vi works at is actually named after them.
After an intense 3 month fling back when she was ninteen, they haven’t had any contact. Why? Well, breakups suck but this one was worse. See, while they were cuddled in bed–naked might I add–Rhys said he had to go back home to handle something.
That “something” was the fact he was betrothed to another woman. Y’klnow. Typical family issues.
She threw his pants at him, called him names and told him to get out. And that was how they left it.
On the town’s Founders Day, Rhys comes back to Graves Glenn. It’s against his will. His stoic and harsh father Simon forces him to. Rhys owns a travel business and uses a wee bit of magic to make sure things always go smoothly for his customers.
I liked that magic is used all of the town by witches in totally believable ways. Make sure coffee never falls and spills in the local café, what Rhys does with his business and even Vi does it to help her get through grading. It was a nice touch. Yes magic is hidden, but the only magic being done wasn’t the big, super noticeable kind.
I liked the characters, I was interested in Graves Glenn as a town. And I liked the way the story played out with the curse.
Vi got drunk and cursed him with her cousin. She didn’t think they were actually doing magic. After all she was using a pumpkin spice candle. But her aunt has a saying for a reason. Never mix vodka and witchcraft.
The things I didn’t like were how the plot was actually handled. As the curse unfurls and things start to go wonky, some big plot points are pushed forward but they don’t feel like they’re really given the time they need to shine. I know it’s a romance and yes the romance takes center stage but it was a little bit of a letdown, I wanted to see the plot points more developed.
Then there was the ending. This is where I have the biggest issue.
It wrapped up so fast. They’re doing some serious magic, then there’s a hitch and oh no–but it doesn’t matter because twenty words later it’s solved. It was so fast and it felt cheap. I frowned reading it because it was just a pain to have such a weak ending to a fun story. It could have benefitted from a couple more pages just to give it time to play with the problem before solving it.
As far as the romance went, it was nice. Rhys is a cocky guy but he understands consent, love that. It’s spicy but not Talia Hibbert spicy. The language is a little toned down compared to her writing. Also, I was always a little confused about if he was handled. He made sure she was but the scenes always ended before that was really made apparent.
One thing I did love however was the use of condoms. And magic as a contraception got brought up but that Vi’s aunt said to trust science for it. I really loved that. Any time a romance has contraception I’m very happy.
So a solid three stars. It was fun, fast, the magic was fun, it takes place around and on Halloween which was cute. Three (3) stars.
Please leave a comment if you’ve read the book or are interested! What kind of romance do y’all like?