This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on May 11, 2021
Carrying over from the previous book, the zaniest things just keep happening for the inhabitants who live under Percy’s roof and it was one boisterous, jolting adventure for characters and reader-listener alike. Can this series get better with each installment? Like that should even be a question.
Beguiled is the third installment of the Betwixt and Between paranormal women’s fiction series of books that work best when taken in order.
Defiance Dane and her friends just made it through some harrowing adventures and particularly Nanette who barely survived. But, as exhausted as she is, the excitement isn’t over. They still need to figure out who murdered Gigi and how they are going to hide her new bodily form from everyone, figure out how to keep the evil warlocks from getting to Def for her Charmling powers, and the list just gets longer when more poison shows up as does a warlock’s hunter. What’s up with Nette and that witch in town? Another desperate person seems to need Def’s help. Oh, and Roan wants a permanent commitment like the ‘put a ring on it’ kind that scares Def more than anything else even the scary unknown behind the door at the top of the stairs.
Beguiled started slow for me and I felt very confused that it was picking up on the same day as the previous book ended. It took me the longest time to get that sorted out in my mind so I could pay attention to the story. Then, I had to sort out all the various strings to the plot and finally able to settle in to what was going on right about the time Roan pops the question waaay before I was expecting it taking me and Def by surprise. I do want them together, but after her history with men and the situation, I thought he was rushing her. Her response matched her middle-age maturity when she worked through the inner panic to give him a truthful, but not hopeless answer and he accepted her needs when they spoke again. I really love that they talk and don’t pout.
As to Def getting used to her magic, I feel she has really come a long ways in a short time. She is truly coming into her own even if she leads with her heart and it rushes her into dangerous conditions without due thought. Fortunately, Roan is there as well as the rest to have her back.
Something happens in this one involving Annette that was fabulous and even more fabulous was what a giving, cheerleading friend Def could be for her. Can’t wait to see how this new change will do for the situation going forward.
If I thought the beginning was meandering a little, the last half was one thrill after thrilling reveal. Beguiled finally brings the threat to the Charmlings close to home when a warlock’s hunter comes to town. Things are building toward a big confrontation.
And, it was another startling finish- and I do mean the very last paragraph had a stunner in it.
Traci Odom continues to dazzle as the narrator of this series. She catches the shuck and jive between Def and Nette so well as well as the sultry moments between Def and Roan. But, that catch she gets in her throat when high emotions are happening is superb. She keeps the listener right in the moment.
All in all, Beguiled surged forward and shows the series getting stronger and more riveting as it goes. Like I said the first two times, this doesn’t feel as much like paranormal women’s fic to me as a cross between cozy mystery and urban fantasy. Basically, I can recommend it to nearly everyone who loves magic, friends, romance, mystery, and slow build action.
I rec’d an audio copy of the book from Tantor Audio to be listened to in exchange for an honest review.
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