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Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 30, 2021
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
After the big bombshell at the end of the previous book, I was all agasp to forge on to listen in on what came next. An intrepid newly discovered witch, a ghost grandma, a wolfish handyman in a kilt, a sentient house, and a feisty BFF (un)settle in for their next venture into the magical world and I strapped in with earbuds installed to join them for the hijinks.
Bewitched is the second installment in the Betwixt and Between series that do not work well out of order.
Defiance “Daphne” Dayne awakes abruptly and discovers she’s lost six months since she was last awake. Performing major magic took a great deal out of her. Now, she has a message pad full of requests for her help, a protective vine covered house, a smug handyman who seems less disturbed by her dream fantasies than she is, a hiding grandmother ghost, and a bestie who thinks they are going to go LLC with the new magical gig. But, Defiance saw something in those dreams that terrifies her and leaves her willing to lie like a rug to her nearest and dearest as she slams clothes into her bag prepared to run back to Arizona or anywhere else she isn’t forced to face the magic. Too bad life has a cruel sense of humor and her plans go awry.
Betwixted had the job of introducing the world and the characters while Bewitched is something of a processing book where the world and characters are further teased out for better understanding. This makes the story move along steadily and keeps the interest strongly on the characters, but there are moments of suspense and excitement of an action sort, too. There is progress in Defiance growing more adjusted to the new life and figuring out how her magic works, but, then again, she spent much of the book attempting to lie to her friends and family that it was all gone so she didn’t have to deal with it all.
The tone and focus of the book made me see why the author describes the series as paranormal women’s fiction though it also still felt like paranormal cozy meets urban fantasy to me.
Defiance is a blend of intuition and impetuosity. She has the biggest heart and it gets her into trouble because she lunges into danger if it will save someone even a stranger and she tends to hold back when she should be more forthcoming if she thinks it will protect those she loves. Yes, this led to some shake my head moments.
The magical world is fascinating and fun as are the quirky relationships and humor. There are mysteries throughout that tantalize like why did Ruthie push away the chief? What is rattling behind the locked door in the attic? Why do the phone messages glow? And so much more. Defiance’s cases lend a further bit of excitement to the mix and never seem to go easily.
Another lovely bit about this book is the depth of Defiance’s existing relationships along with the new relationships she forges in this story. There is sexy romance with Roane, sassy besties with Annette, and deep family connection with Gigi, Percy, and her dads.
Traci Odom is a spot on match for this series and voices the characters and the scenes amazingly. Her tone and pacing are pitch perfect and she had me feeling emotionally connected from the start and to the end.
All in all, this was even better than the first book and I can’t wait to see what comes next after, you guessed it, another last minute revelation. Because of how this book/series feels to me, I’m going to recommend it to urban fantasy fans, paranormal cozy mystery lovers, and even to speculative women’s fiction group because of the splendid blend of elements and genres.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for providing an MP3 to be listened to in exchange for an honest review.
COYER Community #45 Buddy Read with Nadene @ Addicted to Reading.
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