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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 bef 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.


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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 bef 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.

30 review for Don't Hex and Drive

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    VAMPIRES,WITCHES AND VIBRATORS! OH! MY! Another fabulous story from the amazingly talented storyteller and writer Juliette Cross!!! If you thought hot werewolf Mateo was sexy wait till you meet Isadora's hot new vampire Devraj who not only happens to be a famous bollywood leading man who's sexy with long dark hair and beautiful whiskey warm brown eyes who has the face of a angel,but is one of the most dangerous and powerful of vampires. Devraj is a stygorn a ancient race of vampire with the abili VAMPIRES,WITCHES AND VIBRATORS! OH! MY! Another fabulous story from the amazingly talented storyteller and writer Juliette Cross!!! If you thought hot werewolf Mateo was sexy wait till you meet Isadora's hot new vampire Devraj who not only happens to be a famous bollywood leading man who's sexy with long dark hair and beautiful whiskey warm brown eyes who has the face of a angel,but is one of the most dangerous and powerful of vampires. Devraj is a stygorn a ancient race of vampire with the ability to hunt down any prey,so when he comes to New Orleans to help Ruben find the blood traffickers who are behind the taking of human women. He no sooner pulls into town and accidentally hits Isadora on her bike. From that moment on its a battle of wills between this beautiful witch and hunky hot vampire! I love these two characters so much!!! Fabulous chemistry and loads hot sexy heat. Devraj sets out to bed isadora,but it becomes more.Women have always been plenty and many but with isadora not only doesn't she fall at his feet ,she's immune to his charm and glamour and could care less who he is. He might be rich and famous with a expensive car and clothes but to her he's just a typical full of him self vampire. But she soon finds out theirs nothing typical about this sexy vamp! I love isadora and can identify with her character and loved finding out more about this private and shy sister. This series is fabulous and so far I've loved all of the different characters from the savioe witches and yes I will admit free spirited and resident foul mouth sister violet is my fave!!! I love this wicked and funny witch! Then theirs ruben, vampire overlord of new orleans with all kinds of dark dominant vibes and I love his and jules continued game of cat and mouse!!! Lord ! I can't wait for their book! I can almost guarantee that their story is gonna be epic with lots of hot sex and kindle melting action! And new character henry Blackwater a black haired,black eyed tech geek and grim is so very intriguing.He's the grim that has been watching clara from a distance! Juliette Cross books have it all passion,love,humor and the thing that keeps me coming back, the happy ending!!! The storytelling is awesome and her paranormal men are always drool worthy. Can't wait for book 3 Witches Get Stitches! It's Nico and Violet's book!!! Until next time Luv's💕💋

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    Now Published 8/9/20! 5 stars Review Now Posted, 16/8/2020 I'm not exaggerating when I say that Juliette Cross saved me with this ARC. I had fallen into a black vortex of bad books due to my own stupid curiosity and boy, did I pay for it. I dove in this book like someone lost in the Sahara stumbling in an oasis. It made for such a welcome change and I've been waiting for it with bated breath since I finished the first one. I loved the effortless worldbuilding in the first book and I loved returning Now Published 8/9/20! 5 stars Review Now Posted, 16/8/2020 I'm not exaggerating when I say that Juliette Cross saved me with this ARC. I had fallen into a black vortex of bad books due to my own stupid curiosity and boy, did I pay for it. I dove in this book like someone lost in the Sahara stumbling in an oasis. It made for such a welcome change and I've been waiting for it with bated breath since I finished the first one. I loved the effortless worldbuilding in the first book and I loved returning to it. Actually, sat down at 2 am googling images and making notes for this the second I finished reading. Was forced to go to sleep by hubby asking what on earth I was doing on the pc in the early morning hours as I was literally nodding off on the keyboard. But I just had to write stuff down, if I could have, I would have stayed up to write this, I was that happy. This book made me so happy that I wanted to sacrifice my sleep, not to read but to write and share my giddiness with you. I think what I love most about these books is that the drama llama doesn't make an appearance. Yes, there was tension and chemistry and push and pull but no unnecessary dragged out drama just for the sake of it. Isadora is the sweet, quiet, introvert sister in a family of boisterous people. She's shy and giving, happiest in her garden, planting, making herb bundles or at the animal shelter sharing magic and love to the dogs stuck there. Her telekinesis and psychic abilities are weak and even though she is a powerful Conduit and confident in her powers, some times that made her feel frustrated in comparison to her more magically active sisters. When Devraj knocks her off her bicycle he shocks her out of her safe routine. She doesn't like strangers, feels out of place when she has to interact with people but the accident shoves her right out of her comfort zone and that combined with a gorgeous, obviously rich male, along with the fact he is a vampire makes her defensive and prickly. She gets caught up in appearances but slowly Devraj shows her that appearances are misleading and there is so much more to him that what he appears to be. Devraj on the other hand is instantly taken by her. As well as being a Stygorn Vampire, a stronger vampire than most, he was a famous Bollywood actor for a spell and filled his life with superficial entertainments. He becomes aware, after his last mission where he was forced to be alone in the mountains, that his life is lacking. Seeing Isadora and her sisters hammers the point home to him. After 300 years of existence, hunting and roaming the earth he realizes he is lonely and craves a home. Throughout the book he introspects and sees how he wants to change his life and that his attraction to Isadora is anything but shallow. She calls to something in him. And he will not give up until he changes her opinion of him and make Isadora his in all the ways. Devraj and Isadora were the stars of this book and they shone so brightly. The building of their relationship from antagonistic to love, their attraction and chemistry, getting to know each other yet also seeing within themselves in the process was an absolute joy to read. Nothing made me happier than their interactions. Teaming up to find out who is behind the missing girls added an element of suspense in the plot and also pushed their relationship forward. I don't know what more to say. I feel like I should gush some more because this book made me so genuinely happy that I still have a goofy grin on my face while writing this. If you love PNR I wholeheartedly recommend this. I cannot wait to see more of the sisters powers in action and to read about Violet and Nico, Jules and her delicious vampire, Ruben and someone (Clara?maybe Livvy) has to snap up that divine tatted up Grim! This is one series I intend to follow closely. Again many, many thanks to Juliette Cross for this ARC. Thank you so much for trusting me. P.S. Also loving that I got to use Bollywood gifs! 13/8/2020 This lovely author offered me an ARC!!!! YAY!! **ARC kindly provided by the lovely author, Juliette Cross, in exchange for an honest review. 9/8/2020 Got rejected for an ARC.. 17/2/2020

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Don’t Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross. In this book, we are going to focus on the quietest Savoie sister, Isadora and a very sexy vampire who has his sights set on her. Isadora Savoie will tell you she’s not a hermit, she’s just introverted. Her sisters are all outgoing, but she prefers to stay in the background, working in her greenhouse, using her flowers and herbs to make healing balms and teas. Isadora and her sisters are witches, all powerful. Isadora i Don’t Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross. In this book, we are going to focus on the quietest Savoie sister, Isadora and a very sexy vampire who has his sights set on her. Isadora Savoie will tell you she’s not a hermit, she’s just introverted. Her sisters are all outgoing, but she prefers to stay in the background, working in her greenhouse, using her flowers and herbs to make healing balms and teas. Isadora and her sisters are witches, all powerful. Isadora is a conduit, she can heal. Her other passion is visiting the adorable pets who reside at the town’s animal shelter. She loves spending time there and giving the dogs just a touch of her magic to heal their bodies and souls. Devraj Kumar is a three hundred year old, powerful Stygorn vampire, one of an elite group of vampires with very strong abilities. Recently, four young women have disappeared in their city and a vampire is suspected as the culprit. Devraj was asked by his good friend and leader of the vampires in New Orleans, Ruben, to help solve the girls’ disappearances. Devraj moves frequently from job to job where his special abilities are needed. He’s never had anything make him question his life, although secretly he does long for a real home, friends, and maybe even love. As soon as he sees the shy, quiet Isadora, he is intrigued. Something draws him to her, makes him want to know her, to try to draw her out. He can’t seem to stop thinking about her, finding ways to cross paths with her. But then when he finally gets a taste of her, there’s no going back. She’s his. She just doesn’t know it yet. “There’d been a lot of things that made my pulse quicken over the ages, but a woman’s smile hadn’t been one of them. Till now.” As Devraj works to get to know Isadora better, a beautiful thing happens, she gains confidence, she finds there are some things about herself she never really knew. And there is one thing I need to tell you here. When these two finally get together, they…are…HOT!!! I might even venture to say that the scenes when these two are together might just be the hottest I’ve read in any of this author’s books! I don’t know if it was their strong connection, Juliette’s beautiful writing, or just the way they made me feel. But there was some serious swooning happening here! “You don’t want the world to see too much of you. But I see you.” “What do you see?” “A lovely woman who knows the meaning of humility and kindness and true beauty.” Devraj is determined to win Isadora’s heart. But Isadora knows that when the case is solved, Devraj will move on, it’s what he does. Can she just live in the moment, enjoy him while she can? Or is it too much of a risk to her heart? “She hid from the world, doing her good deeds without the need for notice or praise. I wanted her more with each passing minute.” I loved this so much. The relationship between these two builds slowly, and at the same time, they are working on finding and saving the four missing girls and taking down the vampires responsible. We also get to know the other sisters even better in this. I particularly enjoy the ongoing chemistry between Ruben and Isadora’s sister, Jules. This is such a fun, smexy, swoony series and I am so looking forward to the next book. “This woman. Her body. Her soul. I wanted it all.” For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    Delectable, smooth and charming Indian vampire. Quiet and awkward witch. Sweet, delicious times! In DON'T HEX AND DRIVE, I witnessed the most unique meet-cute I've ever read. It was hilarious even while I knew that Devraj was going to have to work hard to get any of Isadora's affections. She took in what looked a fine as hell male specimen, his expensive clothes, and his fancy car and summed him up - he must be superficial and materialistic. When she finds out that he was also a famous Bollywood Delectable, smooth and charming Indian vampire. Quiet and awkward witch. Sweet, delicious times! In DON'T HEX AND DRIVE, I witnessed the most unique meet-cute I've ever read. It was hilarious even while I knew that Devraj was going to have to work hard to get any of Isadora's affections. She took in what looked a fine as hell male specimen, his expensive clothes, and his fancy car and summed him up - he must be superficial and materialistic. When she finds out that he was also a famous Bollywood actor, she believes her first instincts were correct. And then he repeatedly shows her how wrong she is just by being himself. 🧛 The plot: 5/5 - while the romance developing between Isadora and Devraj was the main focus of this story, I liked how there was a side plot that didn't immediately affect them. Women were disappearing from the streets of New Orleans and that's why Devraj, a Stygorn, was there in the first place -- to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. Meeting his soulmate was a huge bonus! 🧛 The hero: 5/5 - Devraj was a Stygorn, which simply speaking is an elite guard of vampires. They are the best of the best. Devraj was incredible! He was sweet and sexy, intelligent and humble. He knew he was one of the greatest vampires around, but he didn't carry himself with any form of conceit or arrogance. It was impossible not to fall in love with this man. He was in touch with his own humanity, he had a deep well of past pain and anguish, and he was an enlightened individual. I admired his patience when it came to Isadora. Thoughtful was becoming synonymous with Devraj. And so many other words. Kind. Strong. Beautiful. I'd been too quick to judge when we first met, but the more I learned of him, the more I sank into a world of feelings. 🧛 The heroine: 4/5 - I went into this knowing that Isadora was going to annoy me. I knew this. So I was prepared. And aside from her disgusting treatment of Devraj, that lasted a bit too long for my taste, I ended up liking her in the end. Her fears were relevant and I felt like I could understand her. I wouldn't go to the extremes she did, or push people away or treat them the way she did, but I got it. Underneath her aloofness was a heart of gold. She was a sweetheart, a gem, and I was beyond thrilled about the insight the author gave into her character. "So quiet. So unassuming. Lingering behind the bold front of your sisters when you hold such power in that pretty body of yours. That pretty mind. That pretty heart." - Devraj I loved this book. I loved these characters. I even loved the intense subplot that was included which highlighted the interpersonal relationships of all the characters. The closeness, familiarity, and unconditional love between the Savoie sisters is the stuff of dreams. The way they welcome newcomers like Mateo and Devraj filled me with warmth. There is so much to adore with these people and I'm nowhere near done with them. I'm going to be patiently (not so patiently) waiting for the next book, Witches Get Stitches, which will be Nico and Violet's story! Too see it all pretty on the blog and to read an excerpt, click the image below...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliette Cross

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVED Devraj and Isadora! This couple lit my kindle on fire and kept me turning pages as quickly as possible. Isadora was down to earth, sweet, caring and loyal to those she loved, but she did not want to get involved with the Stygorn who seemed to be everywhere. But as they work together to find a group of missing girls, she decides maybe just a taste of him would be okay. I loved how she hooked Devraj right from the start and inadvertently kept him dangling. Devraj quic Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVED Devraj and Isadora! This couple lit my kindle on fire and kept me turning pages as quickly as possible. Isadora was down to earth, sweet, caring and loyal to those she loved, but she did not want to get involved with the Stygorn who seemed to be everywhere. But as they work together to find a group of missing girls, she decides maybe just a taste of him would be okay. I loved how she hooked Devraj right from the start and inadvertently kept him dangling. Devraj quickly became protective and possessive of the witch that called to him. Even as he’s planning a temporary stay, he’s falling deeper. He had such a great sense of humor and the way he won Isadora over was fun and sexy. This is a fast read with pretty low angst but lots of steam. The drama is related to the mystery and it does amp up quite a bit as it begins to unravel. I loved seeing characters we’ve previously met as well as catching the carrot that’s dangling for us regarding the next book. I can’t express how much I adore this world Ms. Cross has created! I’m already eager to get the next book, and the next, and the next! Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no om/drama; h not a virgin; Not sure if H is a manwhore or not - there is a video of him singing and “making out” with ow but he’s an actor so I think it was a promotional type of thing (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[human trafficking in order to use their blood for vampires - I don’t think there was any sexual activity to go with it (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Release Day This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Don’t Hex and Drive is the second book in the Stay A Spell series centered on a witch family in the center of the New Orleans paranormal community.  Each story is about a new family member and love interest.  As such they standalone and can be read on their own, or in order in the series, without many spoilers. Isado Release Day This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Don’t Hex and Drive is the second book in the Stay A Spell series centered on a witch family in the center of the New Orleans paranormal community.  Each story is about a new family member and love interest.  As such they standalone and can be read on their own, or in order in the series, without many spoilers. Isadora is the shy and timid sister of the bunch.  She does best with people she knows well and dogs but feels very uncomfortable as the center of attention.  Her magic is of a healing nature and so spending time doing the books for the family businesses and growing things in the greenhouse is what she sticks to doing.  But the new Vampire in town is about to push her out of all of her comfort zones, well actually knock her out is more appropriate since he is about to literally run into her. On the outside, Devraj seems like he is the life of any party and that he likes to be in the lime light.  But the truth is that he misses being truly close to anyone.  He has been alive a long time and really longs for a feeling of being at home again.  But Isadora, the girl who intrigues him more than anyone only sees the outward appearance; she is about to get a shock when she learns he has some inner depths to him and that he is a patient hunter who has her in his sights now. This is a cute love story.  Isadora and Devraj both didn’t expect to be thrown together but as the spend time together trying to find what has happened to a number of girls that have gone missing it is clear they have something strong together.  Isadora can hold her own against the Vamp and he loves to see how much he can make her blush and how many boundaries he can push. The only thing that is a little bit of a hang up for me was the Vampires.  I don’t remember from the first book if it was discussed but Vampires in this world can still eat human food and are not harmed by the sun.  So that took me a minute to process but overall, it isn’t a big deal and I had too much fun in the book with the romance and very steamy sex scenes to really care.  When Isadora lets her hair down, she proves it's the quiet ones that sometimes are the most passionate. I enjoyed both books of this series so far and look forward to more of the sisters finding connections.  I'm also really interested in the Grims and what their purpose is in the supernatural world.  Each new story opens up the world a little more and I'm interested to see a few of the possible connections that could be stories soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    This series has a whimsical feeling to it. I love that each heroine is a sister form the same family of good witches. If anyone would want to be a witch, it would be what these sisters represent. They use their power for good and you just get that charmed feeling reading about them. I'm really loving the vibe of this series. I can relate a bit to Isadora. She is a loner and a homebody. She enjoys gardening, dogs and riding her bike around town. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight and is a bit This series has a whimsical feeling to it. I love that each heroine is a sister form the same family of good witches. If anyone would want to be a witch, it would be what these sisters represent. They use their power for good and you just get that charmed feeling reading about them. I'm really loving the vibe of this series. I can relate a bit to Isadora. She is a loner and a homebody. She enjoys gardening, dogs and riding her bike around town. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight and is a bit socially awkward when she is. I know exactly how that feels. She also loves her family and I find that all these sisters living in the same house just sounds like fun to me. Devraj is a Stygorn vampire. He's stronger and more powerful than a normal vampire. He has the dark, good looks that have woman fawning all over him. He's famous and lusted after. You would think that would make him an arrogant player, and yet he's not. He's confident and does use his charm often, but when it doesn't work on Isadora, it just makes him more determined to win her over. I love how much Devraj adored Isadora. He could have anyone he wanted and he wanted her and never looked at another woman. I love finding heroes like that. Isadora does do a bit of pushing away because she thinks he would never fit into her life, but that gave us so many moments to see Devraj pursue her. I loved him more with each chapter. As mentioned above, I'm loving the addition of all the sisters in each book and it really has me looking forward to the next book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐Follow me on Instagram for more edits⭐ Second book in Stay a Spell series, we have Isadora, the conduit of the group and the Stygorn vampire Devraj making team to save the day. This was a sweet and funny couple. Isadora is the introverted, shy, and the hermit of the sisters. Devraj is her oppsite, famous, charming,an actor and a people's man. He hits her butby mistake with his car, she basically hates him from the start having lots of misconceptions about him, he is intrigued that his char 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐Follow me on Instagram for more edits⭐ Second book in Stay a Spell series, we have Isadora, the conduit of the group and the Stygorn vampire Devraj making team to save the day. This was a sweet and funny couple. Isadora is the introverted, shy, and the hermit of the sisters. Devraj is her oppsite, famous, charming,an actor and a people's man. He hits her butby mistake with his car, she basically hates him from the start having lots of misconceptions about him, he is intrigued that his charm doesn't work on this woman like on any other would. He wants to win her over with any price. In between solving the case of the missing girls for his friend Reuben, Dev is doing his best to conquer the shy which that has occupied his mind since he met her. Funny, entertaining, sweet and enjoyable read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    Don’t Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross. It’s a sweet, light-hearted, fun and enjoyable read with a bit of mystery. For some reason I thought the next story in the Stay a Spell series was going to be about the oldest sister, Jules and the head Vampire in the area, Ruben, but instead we get Isadora Savoie and Devraj Keumar. Isadore is a conduit, loves plants, and has a little telekinesis. She’s a character I related to. I really liked her. She resonated with m Don’t Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross. It’s a sweet, light-hearted, fun and enjoyable read with a bit of mystery. For some reason I thought the next story in the Stay a Spell series was going to be about the oldest sister, Jules and the head Vampire in the area, Ruben, but instead we get Isadora Savoie and Devraj Keumar. Isadore is a conduit, loves plants, and has a little telekinesis. She’s a character I related to. I really liked her. She resonated with me. Devraj is a powerful vampire, a Bollywood star, and oh so HOT. He’s in town to help Ruben on a case. I adored how this story started. It had me smiling! What a fun start. I love Isadora’s sisters and in that they gave her a hard time too on her attraction or trying not to be attracted to Devraj. The scene with one of Devraj Bollywood movies had me fanning myself. It was a fun scene and the cute and fun moments continue throughout the novel. I adored Isadore and Devraj romance. It was sweet and their chemistry was scorching. These two are opposites in every single way, but what I loved is that they balanced each other out. It was nice to see Isidore come out of her shell and to see Devraj find that home that he was looking for. Besides the romance we have some wonderful side characters, a little mystery, and few surprises. I enjoyed the mystery and how Isadore and Devraj worked well together. The Savoie sisters are a testament to a strong family with many different personalities and dreams. I can’t wait for Jules and Ruben’s story and to find out what happened to make Jules be so frigid towards him. Then we’ve got Nico and Violet who the author has set up to be our next couple coming. Don’t Hex and Drive was a delightful and lovable read. If your looking for a laid back, sweet and magical romance look no further. This one delivered in the light-hearted romance with a dash of magic. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Juliette Cross via NetGalley with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    The predecessor to 'Wolf Gone Wild', this was a decent followup to the 'Stay & Spell' series which centers around the next Savoie sister in line, Isadore. Isadore was far more relatable and due to our similarities, I was able to connect with her a lot more than with Evie. Then we have our vampire Bollywood star, Devraj Kumar (who I picture as Ranveer Singh because I mean… look at him!). He was woo-wee hot! And the diversity, bravo! They were complete opposites in every single wa The predecessor to 'Wolf Gone Wild', this was a decent followup to the 'Stay & Spell' series which centers around the next Savoie sister in line, Isadore. Isadore was far more relatable and due to our similarities, I was able to connect with her a lot more than with Evie. Then we have our vampire Bollywood star, Devraj Kumar (who I picture as Ranveer Singh because I mean… look at him!). He was woo-wee hot! And the diversity, bravo! They were complete opposites in every single way but what I liked the most about their relationship besides the scorching chemistry was how they were able to balance each other and work seamlessly together when searching for the missing women. Addition to that, the side characters were everything! I seriously can't wait to read Jules and Ruben's story and what led to their disastrous relationship as well as Violet and Nico. The cousin to Mateo, Nico seems like a troublemaker and I'm here for it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this more than 'Wolf Gone Wild' and can't wait to see which sister is next. Fingers crossed it's Ruben and Violets because I need to know what their history was and the nature of their relationship.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite

    Plot: ★★★★ Writing: ★★★★★ Romance: ★★★★ Hero: ★★★★ Heroine: ★★★★ Witty dialogue: ★★★★ Steam: ★★★★ Welcome back to New Orleans and into the Savoie Sisters world. I loved diving back into this series. I have never been to New Orleans, but I feel like Cross captures the magic of the place with an enchanting setting and characters that are deliciously wicked, funny, and oh so addictive! Don't Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross, and tells the story of Isadora, one of the Plot: ★★★★ Writing: ★★★★★ Romance: ★★★★ Hero: ★★★★ Heroine: ★★★★ Witty dialogue: ★★★★ Steam: ★★★★ Welcome back to New Orleans and into the Savoie Sisters world. I loved diving back into this series. I have never been to New Orleans, but I feel like Cross captures the magic of the place with an enchanting setting and characters that are deliciously wicked, funny, and oh so addictive! Don't Hex and Drive is book two in the Stay a Spell series by Juliette Cross, and tells the story of Isadora, one of the Savoie sisters, and Devraj Keumar, aka Mr. Fancy Pants, that has come to town to help solve a case that involves some missing girls. And as one of the most powerful witch families, the Savoie sisters join him and the Vampires to help with the problem. Between the missing girls and the palpable attraction between them, and despite her best efforts, Isadora can't stay away. And neither can Devraj. So what happens next is an eruption of emotions that was impossible to put down. A shy, lover of pansies heroine, a Bollywood star hero that happens to be a Stygorn vampire, and a cast of quirky characters make this a swoony, fun, and sexy read that will have you packing your bags and getting on the next flight to NOLA. Brimming with heart, suspense, and a delicious slow burn romance, Don't Hex and Drive delivers the perfect balance between mystery and romance, so be ready to fall under Juliette Cross' spell. Thank you to Netgalley and the author for the chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review ♡.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)

    4.25 - Devraj, Ruben, Mateo, Nico and the Grim .... Really enough said, but also an incredible family and amazing sisters. We see more of the crazy and complex Savoie family and meet new characters in Don't Hex and Drive. I can't wait for book 3, Witches Get Stitches, which is Violet and Nico's story (Expected Summer 2021). I had hoped for Jules and Ruben's story, but I am thinking that will be last, keeping us in suspense. Favorite quotes/lines... (Not spoiling) He blinked. And blinked again. Did 4.25 - Devraj, Ruben, Mateo, Nico and the Grim .... Really enough said, but also an incredible family and amazing sisters. We see more of the crazy and complex Savoie family and meet new characters in Don't Hex and Drive. I can't wait for book 3, Witches Get Stitches, which is Violet and Nico's story (Expected Summer 2021). I had hoped for Jules and Ruben's story, but I am thinking that will be last, keeping us in suspense. Favorite quotes/lines... (Not spoiling) He blinked. And blinked again. Did I break him? ...while she smiled like the demonic imp she was.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    A witch and a vampire meet when his car hits her on her bicycle resulting in a wonderfully tension filled chase and smooch worthy chemistry... Isadora was super sweet, quiet, and quite generous with her time and gifts even though she flies under the radar. Yet she wasn’t a pushover and could be really stubborn, giving Devraj an unintentionally difficult time as he pursued her. Devraj was well-rounded and perfect book boyfriend material leaving me hard pressed to find something I didn’t like about A witch and a vampire meet when his car hits her on her bicycle resulting in a wonderfully tension filled chase and smooch worthy chemistry... Isadora was super sweet, quiet, and quite generous with her time and gifts even though she flies under the radar. Yet she wasn’t a pushover and could be really stubborn, giving Devraj an unintentionally difficult time as he pursued her. Devraj was well-rounded and perfect book boyfriend material leaving me hard pressed to find something I didn’t like about him! (I came up with zilch) He’s thoughtful, cooks, chases bad guys, and has had a colorful career. And he falls sooooo HARD for Isadora! I loved Devraj ridiculously so! He was a wonderful choice for Isadora, bringing her out of her self-imposed shell. Isadora also helped Devraj find what he had been wanting most in his life. Isadora’s sisters were just as wacky and fascinating as the first book in the series and I’m excited for the next couple! I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/the author and this is my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    5 stars. I "bloody" loved this one!!!!......and I am kicking myself for not writing my review sooner....like immediately post reading it sooner!!!!....so I could have maybe? remembered all the really adorable quotes that I loved from this book.... and was unable to save from the Netgalley ARC copy I received. This is the second book in this quirky paranormal fantasy series and it is my absolute favorite book to date by the hugely talented Ms. Cross (even though I do have to say that I really did 5 stars. I "bloody" loved this one!!!!......and I am kicking myself for not writing my review sooner....like immediately post reading it sooner!!!!....so I could have maybe? remembered all the really adorable quotes that I loved from this book.... and was unable to save from the Netgalley ARC copy I received. This is the second book in this quirky paranormal fantasy series and it is my absolute favorite book to date by the hugely talented Ms. Cross (even though I do have to say that I really did enjoy her "Vampire Blood" series immensely as well) . It had all the elements that I love in this particular genre...most notably Isabel and Devraj .....they were two characters that I totally adored and enjoyed....it was a witty, quirky, entertaining and charming read...I can hardly wait for the next Savoie sister's story to follow . WITCHES AND VAMPIRES...with a Bollywood flair.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥

    "Also, if you haven’t guessed it, Violet and Nico’s romance is up next! Stay tuned for book 3 in the STAY A SPELL series. WITCHES GET STITCHES is coming Summer 2021." Oh gosh!!! IDK if I can wait that long 😱 (Something to entice you between now and whenever I get a chance to write a review) Finnie stepped up to the mic and said with his deep voice, “Uhhh, I lost a bet.” [...] “So,” said Finnie, very awkwardly. “Here it goes.” Then his mouth tipped up into that signature cute Finnie smile and he said. "Also, if you haven’t guessed it, Violet and Nico’s romance is up next! Stay tuned for book 3 in the STAY A SPELL series. WITCHES GET STITCHES is coming Summer 2021." Oh gosh!!! IDK if I can wait that long 😱 (Something to entice you between now and whenever I get a chance to write a review) Finnie stepped up to the mic and said with his deep voice, “Uhhh, I lost a bet.” [...] “So,” said Finnie, very awkwardly. “Here it goes.” Then his mouth tipped up into that signature cute Finnie smile and he said. “This is for all the single ladies.” “Yeah, baby!” a girl from the back yelled with a whoop, her friends joining in. Then the music started and Livvy, Clara, and Finnie all started to move, hands on hips in Beyonce-style, and the crowd lost it. So did I. And Devraj next to me. “Oh, my God!” I yelled into Devraj’s ear. “Finnie can sing!” The bar went insane, clapping and whooping while Finnie killed it. Sure, it was a few octaves deeper than it should be, but it was awesome. And hilarious. *I'm currently dancing and singing along having been thoroughly sated with the conclusion of this book*

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori R.

    DEVRAJ!! Holy hot Stygorn! Juliette Cross has done it again. She WOWed me. And then made me fall even more in love with her and her writing. She has just made a spot for herself on my list of Rock Star Authors and will now be an automatic 1-click for me. HER WORDS ARE MAGIC. And I’m not just saying that because this book is about beautiful witches and their witchcraft and vampires and their powers. It’s because she pulled me in and then under with her words and with a story so captivating, I didn’t DEVRAJ!! Holy hot Stygorn! Juliette Cross has done it again. She WOWed me. And then made me fall even more in love with her and her writing. She has just made a spot for herself on my list of Rock Star Authors and will now be an automatic 1-click for me. HER WORDS ARE MAGIC. And I’m not just saying that because this book is about beautiful witches and their witchcraft and vampires and their powers. It’s because she pulled me in and then under with her words and with a story so captivating, I didn’t want it to end. Don’t Hex and Drive is book 2 in the Stay a Spell series. The heroine is Isadora Savoie, the sister of Evie from the first book. Devraj Kumar is a Stygorn, one of the most powerful vampires...and might I add, the sexiest? HOLY GEEZ. Even his name turns me on. He’s in town to help his good friend Ruben...yet another sexy and charming vampire...and they’re tracking down some girls who have gone missing. After the job is done, he’ll be leaving town, because that’s what he does. He travels from place to place helping out those who need it, then moves on to the next place. I love Devraj so much. Go ahead, say his name. It’s wonderful. And because he’s charming and charismatic and confident and handsome and giving and caring, it makes him all the more amazing. And he’s also so...confused? He has no idea why Isadora is immune to his charm. Even with the influence of his Glamour power, she couldn’t care less. And that bothers him. So, of course, it intrigues him and makes him try harder. After he hit her with his car while she was riding her bike...yes, Mr. Sexy Pants was driving too fast...he tried so hard to get her to forgive him. It was his mission. She was making it very hard. So he decides to play a little dirty...and hold Big John captive. Let the games (aka sexual tension) begin! On the outside, he is handsome, seems a bit arrogant, too confident, definitely very sure of himself. Maybe too sure? But on the inside, he is more…so much more. As the story is told, the many wonderful and loving sides of Devraj are made known. Slowly brought to the surface by the super shy and naturally beautiful witch, Isadora. I could feel his love for Isadora. His patience and perseverance made him all the more attractive. And the slow burn? SO DELICIOUS. And their chemistry? FIREWORKS. But Isadora knew he'd be leaving, so nothing could happen between them. And there was also so much humor! I had SO MANY smiles while reading this story. Not just from the humor, but also the feel-good, warm fuzzy moments that put little hearts in my eyes. I loved these two together so much. The way he keeps trying to prove himself to her, to make her see why they should be together. He was doing a fabulous job at convincing ME. And made me feel every single thing. Not only are the main characters awesome and lovable, but the supporting characters are equally amazing. I felt as if I was watching a movie, full of amazing people who I wanted to be friends and hang out with. Steamy scenes were so intense and delicious and tingle-inducing and toe-curling. There was one particular scene, you'll know the one when you read it…BE STILL MY VAGINA. So powerful and intense and intoxicating made my heart rate speed up. I wished I would’ve had a Big John of my own. Not even kidding. That ending? Devraj’s declaration of love? O.M.G. The highest of fives to Ms. Cross! SO. GOOD. My smile was soooooo big! I cannot express enough how much I love this series. I REALLY loved the first book - big time. And this book is just as good, maybe even better. I am obsessed with this world, I adore these characters, and I am in awe of the author’s talent. Witty charm and goodness and everything magical made this book an easy 5-star read for me. It consumed me. I was lost in a world of witches and vampires and grims and I never wanted it to end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    Isadora is the Savoi sister who prefers her gardens, greenhouse, and rescue dogs to peopling. And Devraj is a Bollywood actor who moves in next door with movie star good looks, fast cars, and swoon inducing flirtation skills. They end up working together to solve a mystery of girls going missing in the neighborhood, while both of them work on trying to dampen their flaming attraction and not end up with broken hearts. I can not gush enough about this series! I am IN LOVE WITH IT! And it's been o Isadora is the Savoi sister who prefers her gardens, greenhouse, and rescue dogs to peopling. And Devraj is a Bollywood actor who moves in next door with movie star good looks, fast cars, and swoon inducing flirtation skills. They end up working together to solve a mystery of girls going missing in the neighborhood, while both of them work on trying to dampen their flaming attraction and not end up with broken hearts. I can not gush enough about this series! I am IN LOVE WITH IT! And it's been one of the highlights of my 2020 reading year. Juliette does sexy romantic comedy SO WELL while never, ever skimping on emotional connection, clever background plots, and steam. I was honestly not sure how this couple would compare to my love for Evie and Mateo but I quickly was won over by the HEAT and longing between Isadora and Devraj! This book is so much fun, with everything I want in a paranormal romance. A perfectly romantic and sexy read! Cannot wait for Witches Get Stitches! Summer 2021 can't come soon enough!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liber_Lady

    ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review This is the second book of Stay a Spell series. After reading and loving the first book, my expectations for this one were sky-high. Moreover, the main character here was of Indian origin and that is a definite plus point. Isadora: She was an introvert, loved to nurture her plants, Play with dogs and in general, provide care and magical energy to those dear to her. She is a giver. However, being in her mind was a little tiring ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review This is the second book of Stay a Spell series. After reading and loving the first book, my expectations for this one were sky-high. Moreover, the main character here was of Indian origin and that is a definite plus point. Isadora: She was an introvert, loved to nurture her plants, Play with dogs and in general, provide care and magical energy to those dear to her. She is a giver. However, being in her mind was a little tiring for me. She was a very good person and a lot of introverts and socially awkward people would definitely relate to her. Sadly, I related more with Evie, the heroine from book 1. Devraj: OOh the right amount of Indianness. I loved it. I loved how Devraj was more than just his Indianness. He was sexy, so swoony, he oozed charm and confidence. I absolutely had a blast reading his POV. Also, Ranveer Singh was the author's inspiration. Yay Us. If you don't know him, what are you doing with your life? Go see his dance or something. Devraj was just so good. So patient, determined to woo Isadora, and take her on dates, cook delicious Indian meals for her, have her as a meal ;-) Relationship: This was definitely a slow burn-ish. There was a burn. And things in their relationship definitely pick up after 50%. There was a lot of push and pull in their romance. Hot and cold Isadora. I could understand her resistance to going all in for Devraj since Devraj wasn't making his intentions clear. Maybe if they actually came out and talked.... Noone knows.. But I got a little tired of the back and forth, hot and cold in the actual romance. Steam: Very. On. Point. I loved it so much. Definitely much hotter than the first book, I think. Extra point for MF lube using. Love that. And ooh, the blood sucking and the pleasure and pain with that was just perfect. Mystery: Defintely didn't care much for it. I was happy to see Rueben and Jules because of it. So that's a plus. Definitely recommend this book. If you thought you didn't connect much with Evie in the last book, you will surely relate with Isadora.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    Kickass vampire and Bollywood heartthrob Devraj Keumar and powerful witch Isadore Savoie make a cute match. I would have liked more background/worldbuilding when it came to the vampires, for me it was lacking. I was expecting some hexes in this given the title, but nope none manifested, despite this overall a nice enough one time read. This book is fairly soft in tone. Still curious about the history between Ruben and Jules. This can be easily read as a standalone. Acquired via KU.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cynema

    JUST SINK YOUR FANGS INTO THIS MAGICAL ROMANCE BETWEEN A CHARMING VAMPIRE AND A SHY WITCH “What did I expect from a vampire? An old one, at that. His magic hummed the air, tinged with power and control and the trait I hated most about his kind: Seduction.” A charismatic vampire and a shy witch with a green thumb make magic in this 2nd book in the Stay A Spell series. Romance crackles, wary hearts come out to play, and supernaturals in human form bewitched me at every turn. The previous book -- Wo JUST SINK YOUR FANGS INTO THIS MAGICAL ROMANCE BETWEEN A CHARMING VAMPIRE AND A SHY WITCH “What did I expect from a vampire? An old one, at that. His magic hummed the air, tinged with power and control and the trait I hated most about his kind: Seduction.” A charismatic vampire and a shy witch with a green thumb make magic in this 2nd book in the Stay A Spell series. Romance crackles, wary hearts come out to play, and supernaturals in human form bewitched me at every turn. The previous book -- Wolf Gone Wild – cast a spell on me, but DON’T HEX AND DRIVE is every bit as infectious and proves hands-down that this exceptionally talented author can magic her way into my heart and mind anytime with enchanting spells and hexes and charms that are both endearingly heartwarming and side-splittingly hilarious. My heart isn’t big enough to hold everything this beguiling series makes me feel. Scorn and temptation meet head-on between sweet witch Isadora Savoie and glamorous, worldly vampire Devraj Kumar of Indian descent. She’s a conduit and he reeks of power. Actually, an ancient vampire with special powers and purpose that scare her, along with his physical perfection and eerie observational skills. Seriously? A droolworthy mansicle vampire with long, sexy hair. Neither one is prepared for the other after she’s accidentally struck by his car while riding her bicycle. A bad start that gets off on the wrong foot, as they both rock each other’s worlds and have no idea how to handle it. Besides, he’s in town temporarily on special assignment involving rogue vampires and abducted girls. His mission is complicated by living next door to Isadora and her eccentric, Bohemian sister witches and their oddball pets that blow up the laugh meter. She’s his unexpected aphrodisiac, and he’s the thorn in her side who keeps invading her life and heart, while making amends for their meet-uncute. A cautious witch with a heart of gold and a passionate vampire that’s a giver at heart beneath all that glam. The real magic is in their hearts and it’s supernatural kismet with white flag surrender. Fangs, spells, and a Big John vibrator make strange bedfellows for this rare, supernatural couple. Devraj and all his earnest charm swept me away, though Isadora and her guarded heart are a tougher sell. The ensemble cast of sister witches and the supernaturals in their midst (friend, foe, or soulmates) are an intriguing mix, blended with a cauldron of warmth, and batches of belly laughs. The supernaturals’ specific roles make them all the more compelling: werewolves, vampires, witches, grims, etc. with unique strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits that were thoroughly bewitching and so befitting their niche in New Orleans' Garden District. It comes down to world-weary Devraj wanting a real home, and kindhearted Isadora overcoming her many fears (especially men) and opening her heart to the love magic in front of her. In a Pride & Prejudice twist, Devraj underestimates his feelings, and Isadora misjudges Devraj. Their love journey was magical witchcraft all its own with threats of danger and uncertainty sprinkled in. Characters from the previous book and their various types of magic factor prominently in the love match and in the vampire hunt that kept me thoroughly spellbound. All the cute twists on matchmaking, lovemaking, and human foibles of the supernaturals all around the couple had me in stitches. But sexy Devraj and his alluring bag of vampire tricks? … I’d let him bite me any day. This is a delightful, soul-deep romance that entranced on every level, while filled with ups and downs in the sweet, tender, and frisky uphill climb to love. And the homage ending to an 80s’ iconic film choked me up and put hearts in my eyes. I couldn’t love a book any more if I tried. Pure enchantment and dazzingly romantic. “ I was just waiting for you to figure it out. You don’t want the world to see you. But I see you.” “No other man would ever compare to my beautiful vampire.” ARC kindly provided by Victory Editing Netgalley Coop and author Juliette Cross for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Avani

    Don't Hex and Drive is the second book in the series Stay a Spell by Juliette Cross. It is a paranormal, urban fantasy romance novel which focuses on witches, vampires and werewolf's. This particular book is a romance between a witch and a vampire. Isadora Savoie, a conduit witch who spends most of her time in her bookstore or greenhouse amongst her plants. She loves animals and is slightly less powerful than her sisters, but little did she know, her powers are also equally important. Devraj Kumar Don't Hex and Drive is the second book in the series Stay a Spell by Juliette Cross. It is a paranormal, urban fantasy romance novel which focuses on witches, vampires and werewolf's. This particular book is a romance between a witch and a vampire. Isadora Savoie, a conduit witch who spends most of her time in her bookstore or greenhouse amongst her plants. She loves animals and is slightly less powerful than her sisters, but little did she know, her powers are also equally important. Devraj Kumar, a stygorn vampire and also a famous actor who just came to the beautiful city of New Orleans in order to solve a case. He is the one who always keeps roaming and is hard for him to call any place his home except for his childhood place, Varanshi in India. Both of them meet each other at peculiar events, where Isadora is hit by Devraj's car and is severely hurt. Both of them are opposites and we all know opposites attract. This haters to lovers sizzling romance is what every romance reader needs to read. Apart from this we see that the girls of New Orleans have been suddenly getting kidnapped and goes missing. Ruben is the head of the city and protects the supernaturals of this city. We see both of these solving that mystery along with them building strong affinity for each other. We see some really great chemistry in this book between both the characters and also fantasy elements are great. The Indian touch with Devraj Kumar and everything related to him is true to its essence of Indian roots. Hats off to the author who has done her research pretty well on the Indian Culture. I see some really unique plot details in this book by the author, one being Supernatural dating app, which drives Devraj super jealous for her love interest Isadora. Another one is Indian Hot Vampire, who has been roaming over 300 years and has finally found the love of his life, Isadora. The starting was kinda steamy as well as hilarious at its point where a secret package of Isadora has been landed by mistake at his neighbors doorstep, who happens to be Devraj Kumar. The story picks up from this and can you guess what can that package be? The book is packed with steamy romance scenes and also sexy driving lessons between the two. I am absolutely loving the author's rich narrative and writing style, which kept me glued to the book till the end. I am totally crushing over both the characters and I cannot wait to read the first book and also the third book which is going to come pretty soon. Each book has another love story of Isadora's sisters. I also am eagerly waiting for Ruben and Jules romance novel to come in the future. _________ Thank You to NetGalley and Publisher for sending me an e-copy in exchange of a honest opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kahea

    ***5 ‘Arugula’ Stars*** I have to say, if I hadn’t already been making grabby hands at this book, the opening line of the description would have hooked me because I totally get being bad at peopling ~ most will say I’m not, but sometimes peopling doesn’t go all that well ~ and I thoroughly enjoyed adorable awkwardness of Isadora as she collided with the charming and determined Devraj, as well as all the hijinks that always seems to surround the Savoie sisters and anyone who happens to find th ***5 ‘Arugula’ Stars*** I have to say, if I hadn’t already been making grabby hands at this book, the opening line of the description would have hooked me because I totally get being bad at peopling ~ most will say I’m not, but sometimes peopling doesn’t go all that well ~ and I thoroughly enjoyed adorable awkwardness of Isadora as she collided with the charming and determined Devraj, as well as all the hijinks that always seems to surround the Savoie sisters and anyone who happens to find themselves in their orbit. I adored Isadora and Devraj. Izzy is an introvert and shy and can be awkward in certain situations where any sort of peopling occurs, but she also has this inner strength that comes out when she feels strongly about something ~ whether it be about people or animals ~ and I couldn’t help but love watching her stubborn side come out to play. Dev is sweet, charming and playful. He’s also quite sneaky and determined and when all of that is combined with a protective streak a mile wide? Well, he’s quite lethal in every way. Their journey to their HEA was all kinds of awkward, yet swoon worthy fun. I loved Dev’s determination to wiggle his way into Izzy’s world as much as I loved her determination to keep him at arms length or further. But the chemistry between them was undeniable and I loved watching as they both fell, hard, for each other. I loved diving back into this world. NOLA is one of the places on my bucket list and considering all that is going on, this has been the best way to ‘visit’. The mystery/suspense was done well in this book. It was well thought out and executed and didn’t overshadow Dev and Izzy’s journey, but instead added to it. As for the cast of characters. I tend to have my favorites in any series, but here I’m pretty fascinated with all of them in equal measure, though I am crossing my toes that a certain Grim gets more page time as the series progresses. But as it stands, I loved getting to experience a little of the Jules/Ruben situation and cannot wait to get my hands on Violet and Nico’s book! ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~

  24. 4 out of 5

    C

    2.5 Stars Eh, I can't say I liked this too much. Too many things that's annoyed me and the hero was NOT for me. Definitely disappointing because I really liked the first book too. It was a bit too boring, and my dislike of the hero kind of dragged this whole thing for me. Spoilers I think the thing that really annoyed me the most was the hero and his past, and maybe just the whole background on him being a vampire too. So apparently, everytime they drink from someone, which for the hero is about on 2.5 Stars Eh, I can't say I liked this too much. Too many things that's annoyed me and the hero was NOT for me. Definitely disappointing because I really liked the first book too. It was a bit too boring, and my dislike of the hero kind of dragged this whole thing for me. Spoilers I think the thing that really annoyed me the most was the hero and his past, and maybe just the whole background on him being a vampire too. So apparently, everytime they drink from someone, which for the hero is about once or twice a month, it's essentially like having sex with them. So, the hero being around 300 years old, that adds up to A LOT of women (or men). Add onto that, he's for sure a playboy, hardly being with a woman more than once. Adding even more onto that, he's previously a movie star (one of my least liked tropes) which means even more women, and movies with "sensual scenes" of him and other women, one in which the heroine watches where he makes out with a woman in it. He also has an Instagram of which he has pictures with women in some that the heroine sees (guessing those stay up since it's never mentioned again). Adding even MORE, the hero and Ruben are both on an app (to find blood hosts for vamps) where they have ratings from their previous blood hosts of how good, or whatever, they were🙄 where women who have have been drunken from by those two, basically gush about their experience. Now with all this already annoying me, we never get any explanations really of any of this from the hero himself, or the hero explaining anything about this part of his life, and because of this, the heroine has reservations of him up upto literally like the end of the book, which is totally understandable. Maybe if he had made his background more clear or something, I would have liked him more, but I just never felt like he was really all that devoted to her, or that their relationship was "special". It just felt like he was still thinking of the relationship as a bit too casual until about 80%, which is really late. When he comes to the conclusion that he hasn't really been upfront because he finally understands why the heroine is hot and cold with him, he then proceeds to STILL NOT BE UPFRONT. What makes it all the worse, is I felt like I was just constantly being shoved in the face of his past with women or the whole "pleasurable" experience of the whole blood drinking thing. Or how much the heroine would always annoyingly ask about it, but I still never felt satisfied on the answers received. She would feel jealousy at times, but then totally okay about it at other times. Her feelings about him, the back and forth between them, and that whole side of his life was just so bipolar and I was just getting annoyed tbh. It was the same with him too. One minute he would be all "I have never felt this way-I never want to leave her" but then his next thought would be something like "oh but only while I'm in the city" kind of crap. Later on, the heroine decides to start dating and a guy kisses her, and the hero watches it all but doesn't stop it, and I just felt like his reaction wasn't strong enough for me. He just got over it all way too fast, and I wish he was just a bit more possessive or something over her, especially since he claimed to have feelings for her. He would say he was a little jealous here and there, but he was the one prolonging the doubts in the whole relationship, and I just felt like she cared more for him than the other way around. Besides all that, there was a couple other smaller things that I didn't really enjoy either. One being Ruben and Jules past relationship breadcrumbs. I think it's pretty obvious they used to be together, but knowing that Ruben would have to continue drinking from plenty of women after their possible relationship, again with the essentially having sex-but not really thing, is kind of a turn off from their relationship. Also, all the hints on them and knowing we still have to wait a couple more books to get their story was torture. I just think the book definitely should have focused on some other characters more, instead of two characters who won't even be getting a book for awhile. Anyways, one last little quick thing to add, that I hate reading about in every book, is the whole vibrator scene used for comedy or whatever. I don't know why, but everytime I read a scene about dildos or vibrators where it's supposed to be "funny", it low-key just makes me cringe big time and take a star down. Overall, just a bleh book. I hate how focused this was on the hero and the unsatisfactory parts of his life imo. We should have at least had more background on the heroine to even it out. At this point, I kind of only care to read Clara's book, but im hoping the next one will still be good🤞 Safety: No virgins Hero was a playboy Heroine had a few ex-lovers Heroine goes on a couple of dates after H and h already have sex, gets kissed by one A movie starring the hero plays that shows him kissing OW, and heroine watches it No OW drama, technically some OM drama Not clear if the hero ever has a blood host during this book, but I doubt it🤔

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀

    4.5 Stars Let me introduce you to my all new favorite vampire Devraj Kumar: ✦ Sexy Indian Bollywood movie star ✦ Super powerful elite vampire possessing extremely special skills ✦ A world traveler ✦ He rocks his hair in a sexy man bun or hanging down around his shoulders ✦ A talented cook who cares about animals and loves his mother ✦ A master of seduction and a giver in the bedroom Seriously if you don't fall for him I'm not sure we can be friends. He was the perfect match for shy, plant loving, introv 4.5 Stars Let me introduce you to my all new favorite vampire Devraj Kumar: ✦ Sexy Indian Bollywood movie star ✦ Super powerful elite vampire possessing extremely special skills ✦ A world traveler ✦ He rocks his hair in a sexy man bun or hanging down around his shoulders ✦ A talented cook who cares about animals and loves his mother ✦ A master of seduction and a giver in the bedroom Seriously if you don't fall for him I'm not sure we can be friends. He was the perfect match for shy, plant loving, introverted Isadora. A witch who had no idea of her own sexual passion until Devraj unleashed it. This book was so sexy and had so much humor. Throw in a suspenseful plot of missing girls and the loving family bonds of the Savoie sisters and you have a fantastic paranormal romance! Absolutely loved it and I recommend to any pnr romcom fans! 4.5 Stars Paranormal Romantic Comedy POV: Dual Heat Level: Moderate HEA Follow me for your next comfort read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alina

    CUTE! Thats all I can say. There was a lot of push and pull but it was not annoying and the hero was not an ass. The Hero was a huge Bollywood star, and the author really did her research when it comes to the food, culture and the other characters respecting his culture. So honestly I want to give Juliette a lot of credit for that because usually, the only Indian food I read about is some basic dishes, she really delved into some yummy recipes which I am craving now lol. As for the mystery, again i CUTE! Thats all I can say. There was a lot of push and pull but it was not annoying and the hero was not an ass. The Hero was a huge Bollywood star, and the author really did her research when it comes to the food, culture and the other characters respecting his culture. So honestly I want to give Juliette a lot of credit for that because usually, the only Indian food I read about is some basic dishes, she really delved into some yummy recipes which I am craving now lol. As for the mystery, again it was secondary and I kind of figured it out early on. The thing I love the most though is the dynamic relationships of the sisters, they truly love each other and I enjoy reading about their sisterhood. 4/5 Now, I am really curious to read about Reuben and Jules.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    Delicious, delightful, sexy, and so much fun. A bit darker than the first one, which I was hear for. Very sexy hero. Grumpy, shy heroine. More magic, more sex. Such a great break from reality.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    This series about a family of Witches living in New Orleans is such fun to read and the author definitely upped the ante with this frequently hilarious book. Isadore has healing magic, adores nature and plants, secretly harbours the desire to own a dog and definitely hates getting into cars ! So getting knocked of her bicycle by a seriously hot Vampire just wasn’t in her to do list . Things get worse quickly though because he’s rented the house next door, seems to have charmed his way into her s This series about a family of Witches living in New Orleans is such fun to read and the author definitely upped the ante with this frequently hilarious book. Isadore has healing magic, adores nature and plants, secretly harbours the desire to own a dog and definitely hates getting into cars ! So getting knocked of her bicycle by a seriously hot Vampire just wasn’t in her to do list . Things get worse quickly though because he’s rented the house next door, seems to have charmed his way into her sisters good books and then he takes delivery of Isadores newest “toy” ! Devraj might seem to have the life of a playboy with his Bollywood looks but he’s actually one of the powerful supernaturals who police the Vampires. He’s in town to help Reuben and very quickly realises that the pretty Witch next door just has to be destined for his bed . Yet Isadore is stubborn and constantly pushes him away but as a predator that’s never going to put Devraj off ! I enjoyed the first book but this story definitely had me eagerly turning the pages with a smile in my face. There plenty of fun moments here but it’s set against a background of blood trafficking so don’t fear it’s just a romance because there is a good story here . For me the chemistry was spot on and I loved their banter and the slow burn romance so yes I definitely recommend this book. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniiireads

    An introverted (not hermit, don’t use that word!) witch bumps into a vampire warrior trying to track down a few of his kind who are abducting girls. Devraj reluctantly ropes Isadora into his investigation and sparks fly between the two. Didn’t even realize this was a series until I looked a little further on goodreads, but such a cute book. Gotta catch up on the first one & cannot wait for more!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Don't Hex and Drive is the second book in the Stay a Spell series and it can easily be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed both Wolf Gone Wild and Don't Hex and Drive, so I recommend both books. When it comes to vampires, the media usually feeds us the pale white skinned kind—especially since the rise of Twilight. In Don't Hex and Drive, Juliette Cross defies the norm and gives us a BROWN-SKINNED INDIAN VAMPIRE. And she does it I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Don't Hex and Drive is the second book in the Stay a Spell series and it can easily be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed both Wolf Gone Wild and Don't Hex and Drive, so I recommend both books. When it comes to vampires, the media usually feeds us the pale white skinned kind—especially since the rise of Twilight. In Don't Hex and Drive, Juliette Cross defies the norm and gives us a BROWN-SKINNED INDIAN VAMPIRE. And she does it with cultural and religious sensitivity. I need more brown vampires, please and thank you!! I am HERE for this kind of vampire content!! I've been telling all my South Asian friends about this book because like me, a brown-skinned Indian vampire never really crossed their mind before! When Conduit witch Isadora gets hit by Devraj's car, to say that she is upset would be an understatement. And she's further annoyed by the fact that he is a hot ass vampire. As it turns out, Devraj is her new next door neighbour! And he's a famous Bollywood star on top of that! At first, Isadora tries hard to deny the sparks between her and Devraj. She believes that they are too different to be any good together as a couple. And yes, Devraj and Isadora are opposites: he's an extrovert and she's an introvert. But Isadora soon realizes that the chemistry between them just keeps getting stronger and stronger. At the same time, Devraj and Isadora are working with Ruben to investigate the mysterious disappearances of college girls in New Orleans. I love Devraj and Isadora's low angst, sweet, and steamy romance. It was so light and breezy, with no dramatics. Don't Hex and Drive was the perfect balm for my heart after my last disastrous read. I also like that while Devraj is a Bollywood star, the story itself doesn't turn into a full-on Bollywood movie. Don't get me wrong: I love Bollywood. I freaking grew up on Bollywood. But when I want a full-on Bollywood story, I don't usually look for it in books. When I'm in the mood for Bollywood, I just pull out my Dil To Pagal Hai and DDLJ DVDs and sit my ass down for 4+ hours and binge watch the movies. Juliette Cross gives us the perfect amount of Bollywood, without allowing it to completely take over the story. And the ending! The ending was so romantic!! My heart swelled with love. I was so moved when Devraj gave Isadora his most precious possession as a token of his love. I love this world of paranormal romance that Juliette Cross has created, The characters, most of them being supernaturals, live in New Orleans. The supernaturals also have their own justice system and each district has their own overlord and enforcer. We get hints here and there about the future couples in this series and can I just say that I am 100% here for it all?!? I love that we got little bits here and there about Violet and Nico and Jules and Ruben. The BANTER between Violet and Nico and the PINING between Jules and Ruben = *chefs kiss* Violet and Nico are next! And if I'm not mistaken, Clara and her grim are up after Violet and Nico. And then...finally...sweet Lord...we will have the pining couple: Jules and Ruben. Last but not least, my girl Livvy will have her story...but her man is still a mystery so far (I think?). If you are looking for a fresh, steamy, and funny paranormal romance series, I highly recommend the Stay a Spell series!!

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