What the Hex

Berkley. (The Hex Series, Bk. 2). Apr. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593337585. pap. $17. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
As secretary, Penny practically runs the Society of Familiars, but she’s starting to think that she may never realize her dream of serving a witch or warlock and learning magic herself. When presented with an unexpected and illicit opportunity to be a familiar to the banned warlock Willem Sauer, she jumps at it. She didn’t expect Willem to be surly and almost impossible to work for—or that one of his old enemies would begin targeting her. Willem knows that Penny is all wrong for the position, but he doesn’t have a choice if he wants to protect himself from his enemy. He’s even more sure that the cover Penny concocts for them won’t work, although he finds that pretending to be her boyfriend isn’t a hardship—and he might want to be the real thing.
VERDICT Fans of Clare’s Go Hex Yourself will be happy with this follow-up in which Willem and Penny continue the enemies-to-lovers arc, with their own twist. Hand to readers who love witty banter, the fake-dating trope, and couples who fall hard fast.
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