It’s creepy and it’s kooky. It’s also hot and spicy. It’s the perfect Halloween-y romantic comedy book for October.
I told you weeks ago that you had a few books you needed to pre-order for fall. On that list? The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling (aka The Cool Table favorite, Rachel Hawkins). Well, readers, I finished The Ex Hex last week while staring into the ocean, and despite my tropical fall break trip, it was the perfect October read.
Confession: contemporary romance is not my go-to genre. Heidi can fight with me about it, but I have to be in just the right head space for that type of book. Usually, that space is one that was overstuffed with bonkers world-building from whatever over-long high fantasy I just finished. (I’m looking at you, Harrow the Ninth).
But while I’m sitting on the beach, ignoring all obligations, is the PERFECT time for a rom-com. And as it’s October, Sterling’s witchy good time fit the bill.
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 magi
c 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 s
ome 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.
Rhys and Vivi have chemistry in spades, and it’s that little sprinkling of something extra – that extra topping of witchy shit – that hit me just right. This is THE book you need for October; it almost has to be read right before Halloween.
And not to get to ahead of myself here, but some movie studio needs to snatch it up as well because it would make a totally fun addition to our Halloween canon binge watching.
So go grab The Ex Hex. Witch shop, stripey tights, a black cat who talks but only says Treeeeattts, a haunted house, a 90s ghost, and a good time.
What’s your favorite October book to read?
Beth is the proud sponsor of two little women and a huge fan of fandom. She took 3 years of Latin in high school and now speaks fluent pretension, which fully explains her current preference for gay wizard regency novels. She will roll over for a giant book with a map in the front. She takes comic book recommendations every day but Wednesday and TV recommendations never (she knows what's good).