by Vicki Lewis Thompson

March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-451-41268-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Onyx
Mass Market Paperback

Gwen Dubois leads a life of quiet contentment in the small town of Big Knob, Indiana. She has her florist shop, Beaucoup Bouquets, her friends and online connections, thanks to the local Internet cafe. Still, there is a big hole in her life when it comes to romance. Granted, she has experienced some very wild, sexy dreams lately, but they are only dreams. Gwen decides to take a chance on meeting a real life man she has met via the Internet. Marc Chevalier is a French botanist coming to the United States for a conference. He decides to visit Big Knob on his way there to take a look at a rare plant that has been called to his attention by Gwen via an email correspondence. They have known each other for only three weeks online and have not exchanged photos, but they have built a special rapport already.

Unbeknown to Gwen, both her wild dreams and upcoming meeting with Marc are not just random happenings, but have been carefully engineered. The sizzling, satisfying dreams are thanks to Prince Leo who is trying to meet the demands his mother has outlined if he is to inherit the fairy kingdom. Prince Leo has had a "love 'em and leave 'em" attitude in the past, but there is something almost magical about Gwen that has Leo enchanted. He is not happy to see Marc come along. Marc would never have come into Gwen's life if not for matchmakers, Dorcas and Ambrose, a witch and wizard couple who live undercover in Big Knob. Can magic bring about a happy ever after ending or can a hex backfire?

Author Vicki Lewis Thompson is probably best known for her Nerd series that came to national attention with the Reading With Ripa program that Kelly Ripa promoted several years ago. I have found the Hexed series novels to be equally entertaining. Casual Hex brings back Dorcas and Ambrose and gets the reader up to date, but why miss the fun of Over Hexed and Wild and Hexy if you haven't had a chance to read them yet? I love the extra whimsical touches of George, the dragon, who rocks out with an Ipod and poker playing raccoons. There is plenty of spicy romance mixed into the blend, too.

I will continue to look for books by Ms. Thompson to provide me with riveting romance, winsome whimsy and flat out fun.

Reviewed in February 2009 by Roberta.

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