Book Review: Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

Title: Don’t Hex and Drive
Series: (Stay a Spell #2)
Author: Juliette Cross
Release Date: September 8, 2020
Genre: Adult, Fantasy Romance
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

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.


Review

Don’t Hex and Drive was one of the cutest witch and vampire romances I’ve come across. While I loved Matteo and Evie, I LOVED Izzy and Devraj.

Isadora is a conduit witch meaning she can heal not only herself but others. She’s one of the most powerful conduits but likes to fly under the radar and is passionate about helping others. While her social circle may be small, she likes it that way. I found her totally relatable and loved that she talked about having social anxiety. As someone who suffers from anxiety as well it was nice to have that representation, mostly people just think it’s shyness.

Devraj is a powerful Stygorn vampire, one of the most powerful kind from an ancient bloodline. He’s also a famous and talented Bollywood actor to boot, very outgoing and charismatic. While he may come off as a but pompous or shallow in the beginning that couldn’t be further from the truth. I enjoyed his story and learning about his past through his cultural dishes and the pieces he’s collected from his home. He was handsome as hell and incredibly caring, if not a tad over the top sometimes.

Izzy and Devraj were the opposite attract kind of love. He never gave up on her even when she tried to walk away many times. Their interactions ranged from genuine and cute to sizzling hot. They had some serious chemistry and I had to put down the book in the middle of their smutty scenes a few times to compose myself. HOT. I think they balanced each other out perfectly and look forward to glimpses of them in future books.

So there is an actual plot to this book besides the romance, vampire related obviously. Girls were going missing and a vampire ring was thought to be behind it; enter Devraj mighty Stygorn Hunter. While sidelined by the smut, it was never too far from conversation and I enjoyed seeing how the witches and vampires worked together. With each book I feel like we get to see this new piece of the world Cross has created.

Nico and Violet are the next couple up and I’m so excited! We get to see a tiny bit of them this book, had some glimpses or Evie and Matteo being all in love and a smidge added to the mystery that is Ruben and Jules. We also got to meet a new character, a grim named Henry, and I’m so curious if he’ll he Clara’s love match. I love love and these books do it so well. Definitely a series to check out of you like contemporary romance with a twist of paranormal.

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