Audiobook Review: Not Your Ex’s Hexes (Supernatural Singles #2) (ARC)

Expected publication February 28, 2023

Author: April Asher

Narrator: Zura Johnson

Audiobook Length: 12 hours 31 minutes

In April Asher’s next Supernatural Singles novel, Not Your Ex’s Hexes, a one-night-stand between a willful witch and a broody half-demon conjures an adventure that wouldn’t be complete without several magical mishaps.

For her entire life, Rose Maxwell trained to become the next Prima on the Supernatural Council. Now that she’s stepped down, it’s time for this witch to focus on herself. And not think about her impulsive one-night stand with Damian Adams, a half-Demon Veterinarian who she can’t get out of her head. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. But when Rose is sentenced to community service at Damian’s animal sanctuary it becomes impossible for them to ignore their sparking attraction. A friends-with-benefits, no feelings, no strings arrangement works perfectly for them both.

After a sequence of dead-end jobs, it’s not until Rose tangos with two snarly demons that she thinks she’s finally found her path. However, this puts Damian back on the periphery of a world he thought he left behind. He doesn’t approve of Rose becoming a Hunter, but if there’s one thing he’s learned about the stubborn witch, it was telling her not to do something was one sure-fire way to make sure she did.

Working—and sleeping—together awakens feelings Damian never knew he had…and shouldn’t have. Because thanks to his ex’s hex, if he falls in love, he’ll not only lose his heart—but his humanity.

Not Your Ex’s Hexes is the second novel in the Supernatural Singles series. Each novel in the series follows one of the Maxwell sister triplets. While I have not read the first novel following the eldest, Violet, in her own story, Not the Witch You Wed, I feel that I did not have to enjoy this story. While there may be some foundation in the previous story, there was some nice recap in this novel and how it all related to the main character, Rose Maxwell. She was groomed to become the next Prima, head witch of the Supernatural Council, but was passed over once Violet came into her powers. Luckily, Rose is content with this turn of events and now she feels like she can breathe although she needs to figure out what to do next.

One day Rose sees some starving horses and decides to set them free, however they were a part of an animal sanctuary ran by veterinarian, half-demon, Damian Adams. The tensions flare as sentenced to community service at the sanctuary and it so happens that the two of them shared a one-night stand awhile ago. The two may have a lot of chemistry when they meet again, but this being a romance, there are reasons they cannot be together. Asher attempts to make this initially an enemy to lovers’ story that moves into the friends with benefits followed by romance. For me, I did not buy the enemies part as it felt incomplete to me. When the two characters are together at the sanctuary, I did feel the connection between them, so I feel the fwb worked well and wished Asher just went with that angle instead.

Rose was an enjoyable main character, and I liked her POV as the main narrator. She is trying to find her path in life after believing she was on a certain path. She has a great relationship still with her sisters, but the three of them need to navigate this new reality. As for Damian, he is the broody mysterious love interest where readers slowly learn his background, but Rose is initially kept in the dark. There is a hex involved in this story, which I liked the concept, but it ended up feeling a little half-baked for my taste. I feel it was built up a little too much for how it played out on the page, however, other readers may feel differently. The pacing of the story is pretty fast as Rose, and Damian spend more time together and I loved Asher’s easy writing. The story is simple, yet interesting and it made me want to complete the story. Overall, it was a fun romance and made me want to go back and not only read the first novel but pick up the third novel in the future!

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed are completely my own.**

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