[A quick note: This is a stand alone-ish story that takes place with the previous book’s cousin. If you are worried, don’t be, I didn’t put any spoilers about the previous book in this review. But, if you’d like to read my review for The Ex Hex, you can find it HERE.]
“‘𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐧, 𝐄𝐬𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞,’ 𝐬𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐝. ‘𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐲, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐬.’”—Erin Sterling
Looking for a fun, light romance with witchy, Halloween vibes? This one checks plenty of boxes. With a contemporary feel, there’s enough magic and autumn vibes to be the perfect seasonal read. There’s also a little sprinkle of spice for all the spice lovers out there.
Competition flares and sparks fly when the handsome Wells Penhollow shows up in Graves Glen, Georgia, and opens a witchy store right across the street from Gwyn’s store, threatening her business. But when Gwyn’s magic starts disappearing, she has more pressing matters than trying to sell the most plastic skulls and tarot cards. With Halloween approaching, she needs to get her magic back before a lurking danger gets the better of her.
Rivals-to-love trope?? Yes, please!! I enjoyed this one more than The Ex Hex (BIG SURPRISE, NOT!). As mentioned previously, I’m not a huge fan of second chance romance. So when I saw that this one was going to be one of my favorite tropes, I was sooo ready.
I liked the plot and premise, and the fun competition that buds between Wells and Gwyn. The plot wasn’t as exciting as the previous book? But since the romance was better for me, it balanced out. And there was a tiny twist that I almost didn’t see coming…almost. I also liked that the spotlight was on Wells and Gwyn, and didn’t get overshadowed by our previous romance. We still get to see our beloved Vivi + Rhys, but only at the beginning and end.
Okay, some of my favorite things were the “Baby Witches” because of the extra dynamic they added to the story. So fun! The other was Sir Purrrrrsival, as the cute witchy cat learns more words. Now he knows “Momma” and “Not-dickbag” and some other fun ones too, besides just “treats.” Haha. He was the best comic relief!
The romance itself? While it is my favorite-ish trope, it didn’t hit as hard as I’d hoped. The passion was there, but…maybe not as powerful as in some books? I connected…but only just? The spice and smut was tasteful, for those worried about certain words. There were several scenes—like one in the bed of a truck (yummy!!)—but it wasn’t excessive.
Okay, as far as seasonal reads? This is a must read for contemporary romance fans looking for a witchy type read that’s low-stress, fun, and easy to get through. 𝐌𝐘 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: 𝟒/𝟓⭐️