Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting new book review to share with you today Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Always Practice Safe Hex by Juliette Cross is a new adult paranormal romance and the fourth book in the Stay A Spell Series. Juliette Cross has done it again! I have a new favorite book boyfriend and his name is Gareth Blackwater!! I absolutely adored this book and read it n one day! Always Practice Safe Hex is a wonderful addition to this feel good series.
We follow another one of the Savoie sisters.... Livvy. Livvy is an outgoing free spirited witch with the magical gift of persuasion. There isn't a person she can't get along with until she meets sexy, broody grim reaper Gareth Blackwater. Forced to work closely together, the tension and angst between these two is super hot. I also love the witty banter between Livvy and Gareth. Both characters are very well fleshed out and likable. The emotional connection these two forge is amazing. Gareth encompasses everything that I love in a main character. He's an alpha male with a big heart, exhibits touch her and I'll kill you vibes (literally), and would do anything for his lady love. I also really love the power and lore of the grim reapers. I don't think I've read another book that featured grim reapers as main characters and love interests. Give me more please! My heart just gushed with these two.
Always Practice Safe Hex does a wonderful job at giving me my paranormal fix while also mixing in a wonderful combination of spice, humor, mystery, and relationship goals. You have grims, witches, vampires, and werewolves. There's also a great werewolf wet t-shirt contest! I mean what more can you ask for?!?!? The mystery/conflict in this book was a little more intense than in previous books. Trigger warning for attempted sexual assault, violence, child abuse, and off page murder. Don't fret though, there is plenty of feel good scenes and steam to balance it all out. Besides Livvy and Gareth, we also get to see glimpses of life for some of the other characters in this world. I will also put this out into the universe.... I want to see more of the Blood Moon Pack and maybe some love interests for them.
The world building in Don't Hex and Drive is a realistic contemporary modern day version of New Orleans. The French Quarter is one of my favorite places to visit and this time we get to spend more time in other areas like The Garden District. We need a Stay A Spell tour of NOLA! The way Juliette Cross seamlessly weaves together romance, action, humor, spicy scenes, mystery, intrigue, and everyday life makes this entire series a winner!
If you are a fan of enemies to lovers, sexy grim reapers, sassy witches, steamy romance, evil warlocks, drama, and heartfelt family moments go read this book! I give Always Practice Safe Hex 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read more stories in this series! Happy Reading!