?Review: Betwixt by Darynda Jones

Posted on March 15, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 22 Comments

?Review: Betwixt by Darynda JonesTitle: Betwixt
Author(s): Darynda Jones
Series: Betwixt & Between #1
Also in this series: Bewitched , Beguiled
Narrator(s): Traci Odom
Published by Tantor Audio on February 18, 2020
Length: 6hrs 45mins
Genre(s): Paranormal, Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher
Format: audio book
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

A Paranormal Women's Fiction with a bit of class, and a lot of sass, for anyone who feels like age is just a number!
Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts.
She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly.
Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed in ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ.
She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects.
Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.

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Betwixt by Darynda Jones was an interesting and sometimes humorous read. I heard great things about the author, which made me ecstatic to receive a copy of the book for review. 

I liked the idea of a forty (40) year old heroine, which is a rarity in the book world. The story introduces readers to Defiance Dayne, a broke and new divorcee.  However, her fortune would change when a total stranger bequeathed her a house. (If I could be so lucky. ?)

With nothing left to lose, she journeys to Salem, Massachusetts to determine the veracity of her inheritance. What she discovered would lead to a life-changing experience.

The story took me on a journey filled with magical elements, snarky humour and adventure. Getting to know the characters turned out to be a wonderful experience. Annette, Defiance’s best friend, snarky humour had me laughing for most of the story. The rest of the cast added awesome support, in the form of humour, mystery and adventure, to this fun story.
Two things which intrigued me most about the story had to do with the mysterious handyman and the house Defiance inherited.

As the story appeared to be wrapping up, the author dropped a bombshell at the end, which took me by surprise. It, however,  made the perfect setup for the second book, which I cannot wait to get my hands on. 

Traci Odom narrated, and I enjoyed every moment. I believed she did a great job in voicing the characters and bringing each of them to life.

Lovers of paranormal stories would enjoy this new series by Darynda Jones.


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About Darynda Jones

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 17 languages. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, certain they went away the better for it. She penned the international bestselling Charley Davidson series and is currently working on several beloved projects, most notably the Sunshine Vicram Mystery Series with St. Martin’s Press and the Betwixt and Between Series of paranormal women’s fiction. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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22 responses to “?Review: Betwixt by Darynda Jones

  1. Gorgeous cover! I also love that the heroine is 40. I’ve always loved reading about characters a little older than I am and now that I’m 30 it’s getting harder and harder to find books like that!