Publisher: Headline Eternal
Release Date: September 20th, 2022
Genre: Romance – Paranormal
Rating: 5/5 Stars
I was so excited to get approved for this on NetGalley. I loved The Ex Hex, and was excited to return to the town of Graves Glen, as well as the Jones and Penhallow witches. Following the events of The Ex Hex, it’s now the magic of the Jones women that flows through the town of Graves Glen. Gwyn is running Something Wicked, and starts mentoring a trio of Baby Witches who are finding the courses at the university as restricting as she did, magic wise. Things are good, but when Llewellyn “Wells” Penhallow arrives, Gwyn suddenly has to contend with a new shop – Penhallow’s – just across the street from her own, and Wells proves to be absolutely as infuriating as Gwyn remembers.
Actually, that’s my only slight niggle with the book – despite a few chances to do so, Gwyn never reveals to Wells that they actually did kind of meet back at the single term he spent at the university, a scene which we’re shown here through a prologue. I really wanted that to be revealed, especially when Wells lets out his own secret from his time there.
Despite that, I loved this as much as the first book. Gwyn was such a great character, especially in contrast to her cousin, and it was really sweet to get a glimpse of Viv and Rhys from Book 1, enjoying marital bliss. Those two are still adorable, and I really loved the scenes where either of them appeared – it’s nice to see a couple so completely in love in their post-honeymoon period (even if they technically haven’t been on their actual honeymoon yet).
But of course, it’s Gwyn and Wells who really steal the book. They’re both stubborn as hell, determined, and have such good character arcs. Every scene they’re in together you can feel the tension between them, the kind that makes you basically scream, now kiss! at the book.
I absolutely love the way the magical elements are weaved in, too, and the way we get to see a bit more of the witchy world. Sterling has done a great job here, with two characters it’s easy to fall in love with, and I really enjoyed this one.
Thank you to Headline Eternal for providing me a copy of this book via NetGalley. Views remain my own.