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Hex Appeal: The laugh-out-loud opposites attract magical witch romcom!

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The characters are interesting, the events are unexpected, the story is both thrilling as it is exciting and above all, it is FUNNY. Enter Josh, an American who has recently inherited property in Essex and is now the landlord of Beldam… if only he could locate it.

This wasn’t a perfect book - some of the other witches weren’t as developed and the time-travel bit felt a little rushed. Neither main character was immediately engaging to me—Essie was a condescending frost queen, while Josh was so down on his luck and … sad. The chemistry between Essie and Josh is undeniable, but will an ancient evil, ancestral trauma and past relationship baggage snuff out their budding romance? Other witches were a nice touch and even though the magical world was chaotic it had its charm and it was a perfect match for Essie’s temperament. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!their powers are only vaguely explained (or not at all), they can time travel through a random door in the house, you have no idea how common it is that people are witches or how they are witches.

I have a second cousin who made the Guinness Book of Records for brewing the world's strongest beer, and I once ran over myself with a Segway scooter. Johnson's writing is witty and charming, and her portrayal of the witchy world of Beldam House is enchanting.The characters started to show a different side of themselves, and it made them so much more likable and easier to connect with.

This doesn't further the plot at all and isn't relevant to it so I am not sure why it's even in the book. He has left his former home and job in Seattle and has moved to England (he has dual citizenship thanks to his father) but he has no money and the house needs a lot of work.Perhaps even more surprising, is that unlike the rest of the villagers, Josh can actually remember the witches and their eccentric, shapeshifting home, ‘Beldam House. All he did was inherit a property and be confused as to why it looked like rent hadn’t been paid for three hundred years.

Essie Winterscale lives with a coven of witches in a house which changes depending on its mood and the mood of the occupants. Essie had this alternative, quirky, long hair and dungarees thing going on, sort of “I’m not like other girls” but not exactly, and it worked great on her. I felt like the story took on a little too much and the plot wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. Had the relationship between the couple been more fleshed out and not so back and forth (keep in mind the book takes place over a few weeks), I probably would’ve been more invested.He’s supposed to forget her, because everyone forgets her and that’s kind of the way witches protect themselves but the spell doesn’t work completely on Josh and he keeps remembering her and it gets stronger the more they come into contact. I too have played the Hex game often, easy pickings on the bunce front most of the time Have'nt noticed hall of the mountain king though. I was super excited to read this one as I enjoyed the Hex Ex, which has a similar vibe to Hex Appeal. It was off to a promising start but somewhere about 2/3 of the way in, it started to all fall apart for me.

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