Thank you to Juliette Cross and Victory Editing Netgally Co-Op for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Don’t Hex and Drive (Stay a Spell 2) by Juliette Cross
Release Date: September 8th 2020
Tags: Adult | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Supernatural | Vampires
Trigger/Content Warnings: Graphic Sex
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.
If you are going to have Don’t Hex and Drive as a title I’m going to expect some hexing and driving. I didn’t really get that. I’m sad.
All jesting aside Don’t Hex and Drive is an adult paranormal romance and the second book in a series. Now I didn’t read the first book, I was so taken by that title I forgot to check if it was a series. However this is more a series of companion books that follow the sisters as they find their romance. Each book focuses on a different sisters and therefore can be read separately.
There isn’t much world building to know so it easy to settle into. For me that was also its downside. I needed a bit more on the vampire side of them being able to be out in the open. Sometimes Devraj felt like a normal human (which is partly a vampire’s charm) but still. If you are going to step away from what most of us know about vampires it is always best to address. This book didn’t which left me a bit dissatisfied.
Having said that however the romance, which is why many will pick up this book, was great. It goes from I dislike you to I want you to screw me right now in 50 seconds, ha. Preferable with a vibrator alongside. Yes, it is an adult book and there is graphic sex in here. Quite steamy if I might add.
The characters do work together. There is chemistry on the page and Devraj would do literally anything for Isadore. In that it is a great story that I couldn’t put down until I finished. The book.