Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Review - Don't Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

Don't Hex and Drive
by Juliette Cross
Series: Stay a Spell, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2020

Notoriously bad at peopling, Isadora Savoie spends most of her time in the greenhouse or at the local animal shelter, using her Conduit powers of growth and healing. Content to remain in the background of the Savoie sister shenanigans, she’s reluctantly roped into the mystery of missing neighborhood girls. Now, she’s partnered with a flashy, flirty vampire to find them before it’s too late.

Devraj Kumar has seen and done it all. Three hundred years roaming the earth as a Stygorn—a legendary vampire warrior who operates in the shadows—has its perks. But ennui has set in. That is, until he has a run-in—literally—with an intriguing witch while on a new assignment in New Orleans. Fascinated by her resistance to his charms, Devraj can’t help but push her buttons in an effort to get to know the shy witch. Fortunately for him, she’s been recruited by the Lord of Vampires to assist Devraj on the case.

Between a Bollywood marathon, supernatural dating app, secret package, and sexy driving instruction, Isadora is in over her head. And Devraj? After just one taste, he’s playing for keeps.

I just loved this book and could not put it down! In this opposites attract romance, Don’t Hex and Drive had wonderful characters, an intriguing mystery, and a fabulous story line that brings the Stay a Spell world to life!

From the very first scene of the book I knew I was going to be in for a wonderful read, and Juliette Cross delivered just that. Isadora is an introvert by nature, but that doesn’t mean she’s a pushover. She knows what she wants and is upfront about what she needs. Devraj has lived a long life and is used to being in the limelight. Where some might say he’s demanding, I think he just knows what he wants and he isn’t afraid to go after it. And of course, he has his sights set on Isadora, which means we were treated to a fun story as Devraj tries to make Isadora his own. She sees no future with Devraj, since his job normally takes him all over and she can’t see herself ever leaving her sisters; he sees his future with Isadora, and thinks that what he has been searching for lately may just be putting down roots, something he sees himself doing with Isadora. These two had chemistry that burned up the sheets – or would burn up the sheets if they could ever make it to a bed – but for two people who were pretty straight-forward with what they wanted, they could have used a little help in the communication department!
“Aren’t vampires supposed to have superhuman eyesight? Say, to avoid hitting innocent travelers on the road?”

His nostrils flared as he inhaled a deep breath. Recognition shone in his eyes. His charming smile slipped, his expression changing to…amused interest? “Aren’t witches supposed to have telekinetic powers? Say, to avoid being hit by cars?”
I enjoyed the mystery that took place that brought Devraj to town. I loved having Isadora play a part in things and the fact that Devraj never doubted her ability to play her role. It was also fun getting to see Ruben and Jules dance around each other and I loved getting to find out just a little bit more about what may be a past between these two.

The Savoie Sisters are all wonderful and I love the family they have built around them. Each sister brings something different to the table and it’s always fun when they get together and poke at each other as families do. There is no shortage of supernatural beings in this world, and I love the lore that the author has created for all of them and the world itself. From witches, to vampires, to werewolves, ghosts, and grims, you never know who is going to show up on the page and what kind of character they are going to be.

Juliette Cross has a way with words that makes them easy to read and was a wonderful balance between romance, suspense, and family drama, coming together perfectly to tell Isadora and Devraj’s story. I also love how she is setting up the next books in the series by dropping little scenes for some of the other sisters.

This was a light paranormal romance that should be enjoyed buy just about anyone!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from NetGalley.

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