ARC Review: Walking in a Witchy Wonderland by Juliette Cross

Title: Walking in a Witchy Wonderland
Series: (Stay a Spell #3.5)
Author: Juliette Cross
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Getting hexy for the holidays!

Mischief and mayhem dominate the holiday season for the Savoie sisters of New Orleans. Five sexy stories set in the STAY A SPELL world you don’t want to miss.

Bewitch You A Merry Christmas: Always the peacemaker, Evie conjures Christmas magic between a hexed hottie and his witchy neighbor, while Mateo and Alpha plan to do whatever it takes to get some alone time with their girl.

Rockin’ Around The Hexmas Tree:
A Dirty Santa gift with a very special hex boosts Devraj and Isadora’s sex life from sizzling hot to scorching.

Jingle Bell Jock: On New Year’s Eve, a new man puts the moves on Charlie. Tired of pining for his best friend, he’s ready to move on. Fortunately, JJ’s jealousy is just the right ingredient to move them well out of the friend zone.

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grim: Her first glimpse of grim reaper Gareth Blackwater evokes a major case of insta-hate in Lavinia. In that same moment, Gareth is hit with insta-lust. Fate is playing with them both, and neither one is happy about it.

Jingle Spells: Nico and Violet laugh their way through their first babysitting adventure. But laughter turns to lust when Nico’s “dad” vibes tug on Violet’s maternal heartstrings.


Review

Bewitch You A Merry Christmas
(Mateo & Evie)

Set right after the events of Wolf Gone Wild, we get to see Evie and Mateo deep in their honeymoon phase. Evie has a Christmas hex to break which include a certain witch and her neighbor that we heard about in Don’t Hex and Drive. It was a cute circle back that I’m really glad we got to see. We also have a certain grim make an appearance and get to see some tension between Nico and Violet. It short, adorable as heck and includes a rather spicy scene.

Rockin’ Around the Hexmas Tree
(Isadora & Devraj)

The sexual tension in this one was at an all time high. Bring on the steam and Christmas spirit! It’s set about a year after Don’t Hex and Drive, so the honeymoon can’t keep their hands off of each other phase should be over, but it seems like the holidays are quite the turn on. This short story which was absolutely hot as heck with some tender moments. We also get a Jules and Ruben scene, my favorite broody grim makes another appearance with a not so innocent Clara and no book is complete without Nico and Violet quietly pining for each other in the background.

Jingle Bell Jock
(JJ & Charlie)

In a world of supernatural creatures, we have the very human JJ and Charlie. Their story takes place during Violet and Nico’s which is such a cute parallel; friends to lovers galore. I don’t want to say too much since we really don’t glean much about JJ or Charlie in the other books, but it was nauseatingly cute. I loved that we get to see how good of friends the Savoie sisters are and how magic can’t help every situation.

You’re A Mean One, Mr, Grim
(Livvy & Gareth)

Ever heard that TikTok audio that goes something like “oh my motherfuc*ing god he didn’t” ?! Yeah that was all I could think about while reading this one. Holy hot hell. We’re in so much trouble when it comes to Always Practice Safe Hex. Should’ve been called 50 Shades of Grim. The story takes place during Witches Get Stitches, right after New Years, when Livvy is interviewing for that influencer competition. We finally get to see her interactions with Gareth that have her all hot and bothered along with what sexy scene he sends her telepathically. I don’t even know how I’m going to wait the next few months for their book.

Jingle Spells
(Violet & Nico)

I’m not saying I have a favorite couple, but I adore the heck out of Violet and Nico and was looking forward to their story the most. It’s a couple years after Witches Get Stitches and we get to see how their relationship has progressed and what’s up next for them. We also get to see a bit of Evie and Mateo and how their life has changed drastically since we last saw them. It was short and sweet that of course included a steamy sex scene.

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