April 11, 2022

ARC Review: Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare

at 4/11/2022 01:16:00 PM

It’s one hex of an attraction in this romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

When Reggie Johnson answers a job ad in the paper, she’s astonished to find that she’s not applying for work at her favorite card game, Spellcraft: The Magicking. Instead, she’s applying to be an actual familiar for an actual witch. As in, real magic.

The new job has a few perks - great room and board, excellent pay, and she's apprenticing to a powerful witch. Sure, the witch is a bit eccentric. And sure, there was that issue with the black cat Reggie would prefer to forget about. The biggest problem, however, is warlock Ben Magnus, her employer's nephew and the most arrogant, insufferable, maddening man to ever cast a spell.
Reggie absolutely hates him. He's handsome, but he's also bossy and irritating and orders her around. Ben's butt might look great in a crystal ball vision, but that's as far as it goes. But when someone with a vendetta targets the household, she finds herself working with Ben to break a deadly curse. Apparently, when they're not fighting like cats and dogs, things get downright...bewitching.

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Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. My words and opinions are my own.

Wow. This book already had my interest since I read the blurb. I love me some punny titles, especially witchy ones. I'm always on the lookout for a good contemporary paranormal romantic comedy and Go Hex Yourself fits the bill. Our leading lady is Reggie Johnson, who mistakenly applied to work as a witch's familiar/assistant. Mistakes like this happen all the time, right? So far, the job is working out great. Heck, if I was in Reggie's shoes, I'd jump on the chance of room/board, a paycheck, the notoriety of working for a powerful witch and not to mention the delicious eye candy, i.e. Ben Magnus. I do love a touch of enemies to lovers, forced proximity and sunshine/grump trope. I was particularly impressed with how Jessica Clare structured the hierarchy of witch and warlocks and how magic and curses function. 

Leading lady Reggie is a broke 25 year old with a mountain of debt generously gifted to her by her parents (yikes, they are the worse), trust issues and mild-to-full blown OCD when it comes to cleaning. While she may have thought she was applying to work at her favorite card game, Reggie stays on to work with Aunt Dru for prudent and logical reasons. Namely, financial ones. Working for Aunt Dru is hardly a hardship. Reggie just has to help organize her study and prepare some potions in exchange for room/board and a paycheck. Unfortunately, Ben Magnus, Aunt Dru's nephew, doesn't think too highly of Reggie (at first). Their chemistry was pleasing enough and each character's individuality was clear. Ben and Reggie work together to find out who is cursing Aunt Dru and along the way build a grudging respect and feels for each other. Overall, it was a great read, entertaining and well written.  Hears to a sequel in the near future!

4 stars

About the Author


New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare writes under three pen names. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance. As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. Finally, as Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. Learn more online at jessica-clare.com.

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