by Vicki Lewis Thompson

June 2008
ISBN: 978-0451412584
Reviewer Graphic Button Onyx
Mass Market Paperback

Annie Winston is not really thrilled about going home to Big Knob, Indiana to be a bridesmaid in her sister's wedding. The peach-colored dress is all wrong for her complexion and it is more than snug since Annie has gained 20 pounds. The weight gain is a result of her failed marriage to Zach and the loss of her plum job with WGN in Chicago. Annie was once crowned the Dairy Queen, but she now feels like a dairy cow.

Jeremy Dunstan does not see Annie as overweight, but as more curvy than her former thin TV self. He has had a crush on Annie ever since high school, but was always the shy computer geek and was afraid to ask her out. Jeremy's computer skills have led to his current business of owning an internet cafe'. When Annie comes in to use one of his computers to file a news story for her current writing assignment, they renew their friendship. Jeremy knows Annie is only in town for a short time, but he wants to have more than a friendly relationship with her. Maybe he can get it touch with his wilder inner self with a little help?

That help comes from Dorcas and Ambrose Lowell who are new residents in Big Knob. Most of the long-time residents of this small town don't know that the couple was once matchmakers for witches and wizards. They are now using their skills with normal mortals and Jeremy and Annie will provide a definite challenge.

Vicki Lewis Thompson is best known for her "Nerd" series. Readers of that series are sure to love this new genre and series. Wild & Hexy is the second novel is this whimsical, but wildly sexy series. I loved the first one, Over Hexed, but this second one is even more fun with its enticing blend of the paranormal, hot love scenes and humor.

Annie is a charming heroine who is able to get past her troubles and get in touch with her inner beauty. It is refreshing to read about characters who have to deal with setbacks and aren't a perfect size 2. Jeremy is a beta hero who wants to be alpha, but his acceptance of people for who they are is charming. He is one sexy guy even without the hex. There are some secondary characters from the first book in the series, but this story stands perfectly well on its own. There are even a couple of non-humans characters who play a pivotal role in the action.

Wild & Hexy is one rollicking romp of a tale. I can hardly wait for February 2009 to read Casual Hex, the next installment in this charming series.

Reviewed in June 2008 by Roberta.

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