Author(s): Darynda Jones
Series: Betwixt & Between #2
Also in this series: Betwixt , Beguiled
Narrator(s): Traci Odom
Published by Tantor Audio on March 30, 2021
Length: 7 hrs 39 mins
Genre(s): Paranormal, Women's Fiction
7 hours, 39 minutes
Forty-something Defiance Dayne only recently discovered she comes from a long line of powerful witches. Added to that was the teensy, infinitesimal fact that she is what’s called a charmling. One of three on the entire planet. And there are other witches who will stop at nothing to steal her immense power, which would basically involve her unfortunate and untimely death.
No one told her life after forty would mean having to learn new lifeskills—such as how to dodge supernatural assassins while casting from a moving vehicle—or that the sexiest man alive would be living in her basement.
Whoever said life begins at forty was clearly a master of the underappreciated and oft maligned understatement.
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I had so much fun with this installment. After that bombshell ending in Betwixt I was looking forward to listening to Bewitched and Jones did not disappoint. It is the second book in the Betwixt and Between series. To recap the series tells the story of a forty something divorcee who discovered she had magical powers.
Picking up six months from the ending of book one, the story provide humour and magic. It had me in stitches from the get go. Defiance fears her newly discovered powers, which is understandable. Discovering powers, which had been repressed and has the potential to both do harm and good while placing her in danger must have been scary. Her fears grew to the point that she lied to friends and family that she had lost her powers. The one person she could not fool was Roane. I loved how he called her out on her lie. However, magical events to include passageways magically appearing, vines serving as her guardian and hidden dungeons left her reconsidering her stance. Then with the residents seeking her help and revelations about her past how could she not stay.
I enjoyed the rapport shared between the characters, I especially the ones sheared between Defiance and her best friend Annette. Annette is such a riot. She brought her own brand of humour to the story. In addition to the humour, were the sizzling moments Defiance shared with Roane, which often got interrupted by her dads. Those interruptions made me giggle.
As much she tried avoiding it, danger landed on her doorstep, placing her in the position to use her magic to protect those she loves. At this point she gradually becomes confident in the use of her powers and embracing her destiny.
Once again Traci Odom narrated and she did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. She voiced each of the characters distinctively so I always knows who is speaking. She made adjustments to the voices where needed. An incident involving Annette, required her to make changes to her tone and she made the adjustment perfectly to fit the situation.
Overall, a great addition to the series. Looking forward to see what is next in store for Defiance and company. I would recommend it to fans of paranormal cozy mystery, paranormal women’s fiction and unban fantasy.
I buddy read this with Sophia for COYER Community Buddy Read.
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Yay. This is a fun series by a fav author. I read them all, and then listened as the audios came out.
I have Beguiled queued up. Looking forward to it. I also see where Annette will be getting her own story. That should be fun.
Oh I have book one Nadene and I am raising it on my shelf right now!
I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.
Yes! This was a fun one even when I was grumbling at her to just tell them the truth already. 🙂 I laughed when her dads caught them, too. Her friendship with Annette is a hoot. I wonder if that thing that happened to Annette will stick with her permanently. Whew, the surprises for the end of this one left me ready to see what comes next.
I found out the Annette will be getting her own story. Also there is more to her than we know. I can’t wait to get back into this world. Now I need to also look into the other books the author has written.
That sounds really good. I might like that one. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I believe you would enjoy it, seeing you have a love for paranormal stories.
Excellent review of Bewitched. This cover looks very up my alley.
Thanks Kate. It was a fun read, Yes the cover is lovely.
These days I love things that make me laugh
Yes, laughter is good for the soul.
Good to hear you enjoyed Bewitched. Sounds interesting, Great review. Though why authors use this title is beyond me as there are numerous books called this. Surely you would want your book to have a unique title not be lost in a sea of other books online.
I have come across quite a few books with the same name nd it can be confusing.
I am currently reading a book by Darynda Jones too. I think that I would enjoy this audiobook.
I believe you would Tasha.
Bewitched sounds like a book I would really enjoy 🙂 I love stories about Salem! Great review.
Thanks Megan. You can give this one a try.
I really want to try this series at some point. I noticed just last night that they are available through my library so maybe I can work it in. I am so glad that you enjoyed it.
It is a fun series. I do hope you get the chance to work it into your reading schedule.
this is not a genre i normally read but i do like stories based in Salem so will check this series out 🙂
If you get the chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it.