What did we think of The Kiss Curse by Erin Sterling? Read on and you’ll find out our thoughts, feelings and judgements about this about this witty, small town paranormal romantic comedy
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Following the events of The Ex Hex, the Jones family is now responsible for the magic that flows through the small town of Graves Glen, in Georgia. Gwyn Jones is busy running her touristy witchcraft shop, Something Wicked, and mentoring three young witches, fondly renamed “Baby Witches”, but she feels that something is missing from her life.
In Wales, in Dweniniaid, Llewellyn “Wells” Penhallow runs the mostly empty pub the Raven and Crown, but, tired of the monotony of his life, he returns to Graves Glen to re-establish the family name. Gwyn doesn’t give him a warm welcome in town, especially when he opens his own witch shop right across from hers. She is determined to hate him, despite the strong attraction she feels for him. But when she begins to lose her magic powers and a new coven of witches arrives in town, they team up to figure out what is going on.
The Kiss Curse is the fantastic sequel to the equally brilliant novel The Ex Hex, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Set a year after the events of the first book, we find its protagonists, Vivi and Rhys, happily married and about to embark on a journey to Scotland. So, the story focuses on Vivi’s cousin, Gwyn, and Rhys’s brother, Wells.
Gwyn is impulsive, quirky, sarcastic, and smart and she can hold a grudge for years. As a matter of fact, her first dislike for Wells started thirteen years ago when he interfered in one of her enchantments. Considered the Favored Child of the Penhallow patriarch, Wells has always done what his father wanted. For the last thirteen years, he has been holding fort and guarding the magic at the Raven and Crown. In Graves Glen he is finally away from his father’s clutches and he looks forward to validating the family name in the town his ancestors founded.
There is a lot of fun, mostly provided by the Baby Witches, the three young witches mentored by Gwyn. But, also by Sir Purrcival, Gwyn’s talking cat who thinks mostly about food and insults, and the witty banters between the two protagonists. There is romance and steam, provided again by the two protagonists, whose chemistry is very well-played. There is also magic and a bit of drama and suspense with the mysterious arrival of the new witches in town.
The Kiss Curse is well-written, entertaining, refreshing, and immersive, perfect for fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope! Highly recommended!
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