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May 4, 2016

Review: Hex On The Beach by Gina LaManna

review by Elisa Hordon

Finally here it is, I get so excited when one of my favourite authors begins a new series. Hex On The Beach is book 1 of The Magic & Mixology Mystery Series by Gina Lamanna. Gina is also the author of the Lacey Luzzi Mysteries and the Misty Newman Mysteries.

Lily Locke has just found out she is a 'Witch', but does she really believe? Would you?

One day Lily was working in marketing and loving the fast paced word that was her life, she thrived on the stress and deadlines, but then it was all gone after the biggest pitch of her life went to hell in a hand basket.

Hex on the BeachLily tries to drown her sorrows behind her favourite bar with hilarious results. When Lily's aunts arrive things get even funnier, considering Lily had no idea she had Aunts. I especially love the quiz Lily has to take, where can I get one of those?

Lily Locke is no fool, but can she really trust these people who claim she is family and then they claim she is a witch and the only one who can help them, this set's the scene for a great story, family drama and a mystery within a bigger mystery.

Considering Lily has no job and no life why not go with it and follow her Aunts, what could go wrong? and this is how Lily finds herself on an island studying to become a 'Mixologist' with a grumpy curmudgeon named Gus, and a family that are totally worth getting to know for the entertainment value alone.

Lily is a wonderful character she is strong, stubborn, sassy and she knows just how to handle even the craziest of people, Lily also has a dash of sweet naivety to her personality that makes for some embarrassingly hilarious moments.

Lily has only been on the island a few days and she has met her aunts, cousins and her grandmother, now she is embroiled in murder and mayhem will soon follow at this rate.

The mysterious Ranger X steps into Lily's path to solve the murder and keep Lily safe, but who is this Mysterious Ranger X and can he really keep Lily safe, solve the mystery and keep his distance all at the same time. Time will tell because the air just explodes with chemistry whenever Ranger X and Lily are near each other but is this the start of a wonderful love story, an interesting friendship or a broken heart, I cannot wait to find out.

Lily's cousins Poppy the vampire with a blood intolerance and Zin the shifter who struggles with shifting add to the story so well I can see the three of them becoming more like sisters over time and when we factor in that Zin is one of 7 siblings we have not met yet I am even more excited to read future books in this series.

Hex on the Beach is well written, I love how Gina changes things up and mixes the supernatural order within Lily's family and I really love the bigger mystery that will flow from book to book connecting everything, while still having a smaller mystery to solve within each book and can Lily stop the bad guys and maybe even win Ranger X over....

I am really looking forward to Witchy Sour Book 2 in the Magic & Mixology Mystery Series due out June 2016.

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Elisa Hordon, reviewerElisa lives on the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia were she spends her days reading, journaling, painting, cooking and home schooling her daughter. She has always been an avid reader, Elisa loves reading many genres of books except horror; her favourite genres would be mystery, romance and paranormal. Elisa also loves pursuing many creative outlets if she is not relaxing with a book she can be found writing, sketching, painting or cooking. Elisa loves to share her obsession with books especially with her family and friends. Reading and reviewing books is a favourite pastime of Elisa’s.

Book info:
available formats: ebook (247 pages)
published: April 2016 by LaManna Books
genres: cozy mystery, paranormal
source: author

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  1. This book is about magic but most of all about family. Like in the Lacey Luzzi-series you can expect to get more facts and background with every new book, and I hope there will be many more. At first the pace was a bit slow because of the necessary storybuilding, but after a few chapters the story took off and I wished there had been more pages.

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    1. Jasmine I'm like that with every book Gina has written omg I can't believe it's there are never enough pages for me