Cait’s ARC review of “The Kiss Curse” by Erin Sterling

By: Cait Marie


Welcome to Spooky Season!! The follow-up to Erin Sterling’s New York Times bestselling hit The Ex Hex features fan favorite Gwyn and the spine-tinglingly handsome Wells Penhallow as they battle a new band of witches and their own magical chemistry.

Gwyn Jones is perfectly happy with her life in Graves Glen. She, her mom, and her cousin have formed a new and powerful coven; she’s running a successful witchcraft shop, Something Wicked; and she’s started mentoring some of the younger witches in town. As Halloween approaches, there’s only one problem—Llewellyn “Wells” Penhallow.

Wells has come to Graves Glen to re-establish his family’s connection to the town they founded as well as to make a new life for himself after years of being the dutiful son in Wales. When he opens up a shop of his own, Penhallow’s, just across the street from Something Wicked, he quickly learns he’s gotten more than he bargained for in going up against Gwyn.

When their professional competition leads to a very personal—and very hot—kiss, both Wells and Gwyn are determined to stay away from each other, convinced the kiss was just a magical fluke. But when a mysterious new coven of witches come to town and Gwyn’s powers begin fading, she and Wells must work together to figure out just what these new witches want and how to restore Gwyn’s magic before it’s too late.


*I received a free advanced audiobook from** for my honest review.

I don’t know how it’s possible, but I think I like this book even more than the first! And that’s really saying something.

This sequel follows Gwyn and Wells, and the tension between them is sheer perfection. Their competition with their shops is so fun, but I especially loved when they began teaming up to figure out what’s going on in their town. Once they called a truce and their friendship started… It was incredible. I adore when characters become friends first, and it’s clear that these two genuinely care for one another beyond the physical attraction.

I could not stop reading this book, or listening, I should say. It was quick paced but not rushed, with great world building and character development. The writing style is easy to consume, and the story in general just sucked me right in. I didn’t want to leave Graves Glen!

I truly enjoyed this book and am so grateful I had a chance to listen to an early copy. It’s a fantastic jump into spooky season! These two books will absolutely be read again and again, and I will be eagerly waiting to see what the author does next! (I’m hoping for a third book about the third brother 😉)

**This is my referral link for Libro, for which I am an influencer. If you purchase an audiobook or start a membership using my link, I get a credit for a free audiobook.

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