Beguiled by Darynda Jones

Posted March 5, 2021 by Marsha in Paranormal Women's Fiction, Series / 0 Comments

Newly indoctrinated witch, Defiance Dayne discovers there’s more to life after forty than she’d ever imagined possible. Especially if one is a charmling, one of only three in the world, with enough magics to make her a target for every power-hungry warlock out there. When one of them sends a hunter to town, she knows it’s time to take her talents seriously before the hunter takes her life.

She decides she has three things to do before she can die. Find out who killed her beloved grandmother, teach her BFF the finer points of spellcasting before she blows up the world, and figure out how serious her relationship with the Adonis living in her basement really is. If it’s heading in the direction she’s hoping for, she can die happy. Though, admittedly, she’d rather not. Die. Happy or otherwise.

None of that will matter, however, if she can’t figure out how to foil the supernatural assassin who’s been sent for her. Until then, it’s business—and hopefully romance—as usual. Now if she can only figure out how to tame a lacuna wolf.

Titles in the Betwixt & Between series include – Betwixt – Bewitched  Beguiled(the ending of one trilogy in the series – the beginning of the next trilogy–yes! there are more!) – Moonlight and Magic –

If you’re enjoying the new-ish genre of Paranormal Women’s Fiction then please visit the Original PWF Fab 13 page where all the original authors, along with their joint release day first in a series titles, are listed for the convenience of following along with any of these charming, fun, and engaging series.

A Reminder that… This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  Beguiled
Series:  Betwixt & Between #3
Author:  Darynda Jones
Paranormal Genre:  Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publication Date:  February 22, 2021
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Look.  Let’s be real here.  I don’t think I can possibly say enough good things about Beguiled, the third title in the Betwixt & Between series, without sounding like a possessed fangirl.  But… wow, what an adventure this story was from start to finish.  And the added good news is that we really are not finished as Annette will take over the focus and the spotlight in the next story, Moonlight and Magic.  I’m in book reader’s heaven right now.

There is a lot going on in Beguiled, not only for Defiance and Roane as they work out exactly what their relationship is – well, Roane wants forever, Defiance isn’t sure she can do forever again and that back and forth is obvious throughout this third story.  I do have to admit though, wolf shifter in a kilt?  Yeah, it wouldn’t take me long to say yes, just sayin’.  There is still trouble brewing for all of our well-known by now residents of Percy’s house and it’s about to come to a head with danger, threats, and surprises at every turn.

I really don’t think I can have just one favorite character from this series.  Of course, I loathe the bad guys, but between Defiance, Annette, Roane, the two dads, Gigi, and always Percy it’s this group that blended so well together as a family, a unit in a way that makes this a series that I will re-read as I await the next story.  The ending of Beguiled took me by surprise.  Maybe it shouldn’t have, but it did.  (when reading cozy mysteries I don’t try to figure out whodunit so… that’s my only excuse)  But – wow – what an ending it is.  And, nope, not going to spoil it for anyone.  Just wait for it, this one will be your favorite in this series so far because of those final chapters.

In all, I had an absolute blast with Beguiled and every single character (even the bad guys frankly).  It’s engaging, keeps me guessing with twists, turns, red herrings, and laughter (sometimes unintended perhaps).  I will say, in my opinion, this is a series that needs to be read from the first story onwards for what you know and learn builds on what happened previously.  I suppose you “could” read it out of order, but you’ll get more and feel like you’re within this world if you can read it in order.

If you love Paranormal Women’s Fiction then Beguiled, and the Betwixt & Between series need to be on your to-read now list.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Available for the Kindle.


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