Over Hexed is a light, frothy read that's ideal for holiday reading. There's no great depth to the story, but it has its amusing moments as we follow the trials and tribulations of Sean Madigan. Sean is the resident hunk in the village of Big Knob (of which many amusing comments are made throughout the book, although the joke is rather over-used).
His problem is that he is a magnet for all the local women. He enjoyed the attention as a teenager, but now he's approaching thirty, he's had a year of celibacy, and
he doesn't really know how to deal with all the women who flock round him, trying to seduce him.
The rather odd new-ish couple in the village, Dorcas and Ambrose, suggest that they can help him by damping down his pheromones with a few herbs. Sean is rather shocked to discover that their herbs are powerful, and he's turned into something of a geek. Although solving the problem of the women, he discovers it has come at a most inauspicious time, when a stranger has arrived in town - a stranger whom Sean finds very interesting.
Maggie Grady is scouting for a location for a supermarket; she thinks that Big Knob is just the place and the old dilapidated house is the perfect site. Unfortunately, Sean has been planning for years to buy the house where he grew up and restore it himself. Sean and Maggie finds themselves at odds about the house, and his usual powers of persuasion have been dulled so he can't charm her into giving it up. Instead, Sean has to try to persuade Maggie that the house should stay a house
- but together they also have to deal with relocating a skunk family, strange reports of flying witches on a broom, and something very large that breathes fire in the Whispering Forest.
There's not a great deal of depth in this book apart from some ideas about physical appearance and the difference that makes to people's success in life. Maggie is a pleasant enough heroine, and Sean comes across very well now
that he's left his rakish ways behind him - although his plans to distract Maggie from her job by sex seem a bit, well, short-sighted.
The story does lack a certain amount of depth, and the magic aspect doesn't add a great deal to the overall plot. Ambrose and Dorcas's main reason for being there, dealing with George the Dragon, feel rather unnecessary to the overall plot, and in some ways it distracted from the main story.
This is a pleasant enough and easy read, but it's not a book with a great deal of depth and it's perhaps not as humorous as the title and artwork might suggest.