This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Don't Hex and Drive written by Juliette Cross
Publisher Self Published
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Series: Stay a Spell #2
Find on Goodreads
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.
I am absolutely in love with the Stay a Spell series and Don’t Hex and Drive did not disappoint!
Don’t Hex and Drive had all the steam, charm, and mystery as the previous book Wolf Gone Wild! This book is not a PNR rom-com, though, but I don’t mind! I love Devraj so much!
First, I really love how Isadora and Devraj met! The book starts off with Isadora daydreaming and getting hit by Devraj while she was on her bike! Sparks fly between the two, but I love how Isadora was immune to Devraj’s vampire charm!
I really didn’t like Isadora at first. I am not a fan of the quirky, awkward Manic Pixie Dream Girl type, but Isadora doesn’t really imbue the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. And I am so relieved about that! We see shy and awkward Isadora slowly open up to Devraj and he tries his best to woo her, with minimal success (at first). It was also refreshing to read about a sexy vampire who does not immediately entrance the woman he wants!
Devraj really shines in this book. I love reading about his backstory and how he became a vampire and a Stygorn. I love how he is made to work for Isadora’s affection, how he tries to woo her sisters and her by cooking! We get a lotta yummy Indian food here! By the way, he is the vampire mentioned in Wolf Gone Wild.
Isadora and Devraj ultimately team up and try to solve the mystery of the missing humans. I love that the mystery kept me guessing. The other characters – the Grim Reaper (we finally know his name!), Ruben, the Savoie sisters are amazing! I love everyone in this world!
The next couple in the series is revealed at the end of this book, and I absolutely can’t wait!
I chatted with Juliette and badgered her about the series and here’s what I know that is spoiler-free.
- Jules and Ruben’s book is not the last in the series (we know it’s going to be Jules and Ruben because they have been hinted at in Wolf Gone Wild and in this book, of course. We do see a little bit of why they have this love/hate relationship going on.
- I guessed who the Grim Reaper is going to paired up with and I absolutely love it! I suspected in Wolf Gone Wild and I am so glad that they are paired up.
If you haven’t read Don’t Hex and Drive yet, I highly recommend it. It’s really refreshing reading a PNR that isn’t dark with broody heroes!
affiliate links below
What is your favorite vampire romance?
Don’t you just love the recent resurgence of vampires in romance?