Wednesday, April 13, 2022

ARC Review: Go Hex Yourself by Jessica Clare

Go Hex Yourself

Jessica Clare
Publication: Berkley (April 19, 2022)

Description: 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 to 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.

My Thoughts: Reggie Johnson has had a number of jobs which she has lost due to compulsive organizing. When she sees an ad in the paper which makes her think she'll be working on her favorite game Spellcraft: The Magicking, she has to apply.

Reggie is surprised to find that she will be working for an actual witch and actually helping her do spells. At first, Reggie believes that the woman is delusional. After all, there is no such thing as magic. It takes a while and some odd occurrences before she begins to believe that magic is real. 

She enjoys her new boss's eccentricities, but she doesn't like her boss's nephew Ben Magnus at all. The feelings are returned, since Ben is sure that Reggie is the wrong familiar for his aunt. Of course, that doesn't stop Ben from being intrigued by Reggie. 

When her boss is cursed, it is up to Ben and Reggie to find out who cast the curse and also how to remove it before her boss dies. 

I liked the characters in this story. Reggie has had a very difficult childhood since her parents are grifters who use her. She's stuck paying off their debts and keeping them from opening credit card accounts in her name. She keeps wanting to see the best in them but can't because there is no best to be found. Ben also had a difficult childhood - five hundred years earlier - since he was emotionally abandoned by his selfish parents. Both of them are very lonely people who have good reason not to trust others. I liked the way their relationship grew.

This was a fun romance for fans of paranormal romances. 

Favorite Quote:
I know what it feels like to see the world moving around you and to feel like you're not part of it. Like you don't belong to anything. 
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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