Monday, January 23, 2023

Review: Not Your Ex's Hexes by April Asher

 Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: February 7, 2023
Pages: 349

In April Asher’s next Supernatural Singles novel, Not Your Ex's Hexes, a one-night-stand between a willful witch and a broody half-demon conjures an adventure that wouldn’t be complete without several magical mishaps.

For her entire life, Rose Maxwell trained to become the next Prima on the Supernatural Council. Now that she’s stepped down, it’s time for this witch to focus on herself. And not think about her impulsive one-night stand with Damian Adams, a half-Demon Veterinarian who she can’t get out of her head. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. But when Rose is sentenced to community service at Damian’s animal sanctuary it becomes impossible for them to ignore their sparking attraction. A friends-with-benefits, no feelings, no strings arrangement works perfectly for them both.

After a sequence of dead-end jobs, it’s not until Rose tangos with two snarly demons that she thinks she’s 
finally found her path. However, this puts Damian back on the periphery of a world he thought he left behind. He doesn’t approve of Rose becoming a Hunter, but if there's one thing he's learned about the stubborn witch, it was telling her not to do something was one sure-fire way to make sure she did.

Working—and sleeping—together awakens feelings Damian never knew he had...and shouldn't have. Because thanks to his ex's hex, if he falls in love, he'll not only lose his heart—but his humanity.

"She was seconds away from face-planting in all the shits."

"I move my lips and the words spill out. It's easy. You try it."

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was a book I did not want to put down, which was a bit of a problem for me because it shouldn't have been my focus book quite yet. I only started it because I needed something with shorter, less dense, paragraphs to read during lulls at work than the book I was supposed to be working on for my next review. But then I only had 40% left in this book and wanted to keep going so...

I absolutely love the banter between Damian and Rose, probably because it has the same tone as my relationship with my husband. You can tell they care about each other but also drive each other absolutely crazy, and not always in a good way. 

The relationship between Rose and her sisters is also pretty phenomenal, it's probably a triplet thing. They always have each other's backs, but want what's best for them, even if they can't see it's the right choice at the time. They will pressure with the best intentions, and it's obvious to see they're right with the outside perspective. 

This story is told through dual POVs so we get to spend time in both Rose and Damian's heads, getting a more clear picture of the story and what is really going on. Seeing Damian fighting against destiny from inside his head was like a chef's kiss. 

This is a sequel and I haven't read the first book in the series, but I didn't feel like I was really missing too much information. I may have had a better understanding of the world portrayed earlier in the story if I'd read the first book first, but I didn't feel at a loss. 

Overall I give this book 4.6 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

April Asher, aka April Hunt, was hooked on romantic stories from the time she first snuck a bodice-ripper romance out from her mom's bedside table. She now lives out her own happily-ever-after with her college-sweetheart husband, their two children, and a cat who thinks she's more dog―and human―than feline. By day, April dons dark blue nursing scrubs and drinks way too much caffeine. By night, she still consumes too much caffeine, but she does it with a laptop in hand, and from her favorite side of the couch.

From the far left cushion, April Asher pens laugh-out-loud romantic comedies with a paranormal twist, but when she’s not putting her characters into embarrassing situations with supernatural entities, she also writes high-octane romantic suspense as April Hunt, her thrill-seeking alter ego who has written the Alpha Ops and Alpha Security series.

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