Once Upon a Broken Heart, The Ex Hex, & These Hollow Vows

Happy Tuesday! I wasn’t feeling today’s TTT topic, but I have been wanting to put up some of my thoughts on some recent reads, though, so I’m doing that today.

How far would you go for happily ever after?

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic but wicked Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after or the most exquisite tragedy….

I fell in love with Jacks in the Caraval series. He was, by far, my favorite character in that series, and I am soooo excited that he’s finally getting his own series. Everything I loved about Jacks is present in this series. He’s the absolute best kind of gray character that you can’t help but root for. He’s loads of fun, but also a bit sad and desperate, and my heart goes out to him. I was most concerned about whether I’d like the person he’s matched up with in this series, but the dynamics between Jacks and Evangeline were great!

And on top of fantastic characters, the plot was so very interesting, too. I loved the mystery and magic, along with not knowing which characters were trustworthy – especially my beloved Jacks! And Garber throwing in vampires was an extra bit of fun!

The cliffhanger has me on pins and needles, and I just CANNOT WAIT for the next book!! 5 Fantastic Stars!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins, writing as Erin Sterling, casts a spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong.

Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

This was such a fun and fitting read for October! A couple cousins accidentally curse the ex-boyfriend of one of them after doing the taboo and mixing “vodka and magic.” It was entertaining and loads of witchy fun from start to finish. And included a sweet, second chance romance, with a little spiciness. And definitely brought on some laughs as Vivi and Rhys are forced to work together to undo the curse that is bringing havoc to a small town in Georgia. 4 Fun Stars!

From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

This book was so very good from start to finish! There was a small span of time that you could find me screaming at Brie for being blind, but that ending definitely made up for it!

While this book definitely features romance, I wouldn’t label it as such, but I’m super hopeful that the series as a whole will be one. I think the Cruel Prince analogy works well as far as the romance goes. There is a love triangle going, but it’s definitely not one I minded, and BTW I am TEAM FINN all the way!

Brie has grown up her entire life believing she couldn’t trust fairies. And now she finds herself wavering between whether she can place her trust in Bash or Finn to help save her sister, Jas, from the Unseelie King.

Heists, kidnappings, fairies, royalty, shifters, romance, manipulation, sister love, Finn’s found family, loads of mystery, and not knowing who can be trusted – this book has it all, and it was just fantastic!! 5 Amazing Fairy Stars!!!

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As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed each of these! The last few weeks of reads have definitely been kind to me. Now I’m looking forward to what November will bring!

Happy Reading,

Alison

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