Please welcome Ms. Joyce to the blog today! My review will follow the guest blog. Oooo and I love witches in my paranormal reads and this is one is cute and hawt! There is a giveaway and the Rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post. Good luck!
Hexed and Vexed
by Rebecca Royce
Olive White has had a terrible six months. It’s not bad enough that years earlier she earned the nickname “Worst Witch In Witching School,” she is now being forced to watch the love of her life, Campbell Bane, marry her sister Cindy. And she’s being asked to do so in a pink, puke-colored bridesmaid’s dress. Vexed doesn’t begin to describe how she feels.
Her powers pick the wedding as the perfect moment to turn on, zapping both her ex and her to a magical island not found on any map. Someone is bound to find them, but perhaps Olive can get some answers, once and for all.
When Campbell falls ill, she uses her considerable skills to save his life, but can she believe him when he tells her he still loves her and always has? Was he hexed, or is it all a flimsy excuse for breaking her heart?
Hexed and Vexed
What Readers are saying:
“It had romance, a great heroine, mystery, and intriguing plot.” –J. Sapa
“Short and sweet, i really liked it.” – Rosiemcc
“The magic was well-done and creative. A fast, pleasurable, entertaining read.” – Cara Bristol
Happy Halloween everyone! I am so excited to be here with all of you today talking about the perfect book to feature on Halloween, Hexed and Vexed. Why is it so perfect to talk about on Halloween? Well, because its about witches.
Olive has always been the worst witch around. Watching her ex marry her sister suddenly flares up her powers and for the first time they work. Without knowing how she did it, she accidently zaps her ex and her to a magical island not found on any map. Although she didn’t do it on purpose, she’s determined to find out once and for all what happened to drive him away from her. What she doesn’t count on is that there is something sinister at play…
I’m actually dressing up as a witch this Halloween (pictures to come shortly, check out my Facebook wall.) and I’ll be thinking of Olive the whole time. Hopefully this Halloween I’ll be neither hexed nor vexed.
How about all of you? What are you dressing up as?
About the Author:
As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.
Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.
She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.
In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
I’m still laughing at Hexed & Vexed. And yes, I read it weeks ago. There is something about witches that I can identify with. Maybe it’s because my mom and her sister have been called witches by their sister in-laws. (In a loving way, BTW) Not Wiccan witches but when you grow up on a farm like my mom/aunt did, they learned a lot about homeopathic medicine, cleaning without harsh chemicals, etc. Actually my husband has called me a witch because of some of the stuff that they passed on to me. LOL!
On with the review…what really got me in the story was Olive. I loved her voice and her reasoning for not wanting to be at the wedding. I can usually pick up on what the “reason” why someone like Campbell dumping her for Olive’s sister but I never saw it coming. Truly…*head desk* I just kept on reading and reading…then BAM…Did it come out of left field? No it didn’t. But then again, Ms. Royce writes with a fluidity that as I really got caught up in the story, it surprised me. 😉 It made sense though. But wow…
Campbell is a great hero, too. At first, he really bugged me how he treated Olive but once the action really picked up on the island, he became more and more adorable. Poor man…didn’t have a clue and that’s what made him so endearing.
Another thing that I really liked about Olive and Campbell’s story was that Ms. Royce was able to tell their back story in just a few paragraphs. And from both of their POV’s. That’s not an easy thing to do but Ms. Royce did and it was perfect. Once the scene’s were over on the island, I was really rooting for their HEA. It was heartfelt the way Campbell…oh wait, no spoilers. He He!
If you are looking for a short, sweet paranormal with witches, this book is for you. The paranormal is straightforward and charming. Not rituals to learn, no outside force (Demon/vampire/were) trying to mess things up with Olive and Campbell. Just a story about two witches that fell in love and are trying to find there way back to each other. Maybe with a little witchery from The Worst Witch in Witching School. Trust me, Olive isn’t the worst witch anymore…
Enjoy the following excerpt for Hexed and Vexed:
“Tell me again how we ended up here. And speak slowly so I can understand every word you say.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.
“Well.” She might have preferred Campbell not bringing up her tendency to rush through speech when she felt nervous. “I think I may have, completely unintentionally of course, zapped us here.”
“You. Zapped. Us. Here.” He nodded in between each word like he needed to make sense of all of them individually before he could move on. He ran a hand through his dark hair. Strands she herself had once caressed on a nightly basis before he’d gone and decided to marry her sister, thus destroying her life.
“Exactly.” She hitched up her pink monstrosity of a dress and walked toward the inviting waves. The sea air tingled against her skin.
Campbell grabbed her arm. “Olive White, you’ve never successfully performed one spell. Not even one.”
“Yes, you would know that since you were with me every single time I bumbled one. The worst witch in witching school.” She hated that phrase and obviously, she’d made a spell work. Even if she hadn’t meant to. Maybe she could finally lose the nickname.
“Yes.” He smiled at her, letting her arm go. For a second, she saw his brown eyes sparkle like they had when he used to look at her, in the days before the whole world had shifted sideways. But then as fast as the adoration had appeared it vanished. “Well, since you can suddenly make the gift of the ancestors work, zap us back.”
Campbell tapped his foot on the sand like she should hurry up and get the job done. She stifled a laugh, covering her mouth with her hand, at the image he portrayed.
He still wore his tuxedo. In the sand.
Dark hair, dark eyes, and dressed in a designer tuxedo, complete with a black bowtie that had to have been Cindy’s idea, he stood on the beach looking like a fish that had suddenly found itself in a bird’s nest. He really didn’t belong in his current habitat. At least not dressed like that.
Olive covered her mouth to hide her smile. Campbell always fit in wherever he went and even though it seemed mean to laugh, especially because it was her fault that he’d landed on the beach, she couldn’t help but find amusement in how uncomfortable he appeared. After her months of pain, he deserved the hours ahead of him.
He stood waiting for her to answer his declaration. Her sister’s fiancé wanted her to bring them back immediately if not sooner.
“I can’t undo the spell, Campbell. And I’m not sorry about it. Not even a little bit.”