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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. The lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she's scared of it. 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.

©2020 Darynda Jones (P)2021 Tantor

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Looking Forward to Next Book

Yes, this book does have a lot of the same similarities as (Charley Davidson- Grim Reaper series) and Defiance just found out she's a witch and she's 44 not in her 20's. She has a huge, old, creepy house named Percy while Charly lived in an apt. right? She's been left an inheritance and is no longer poor wondering if she can afford to buy a sandwich. It's a good start to another series by Darynda Jones and I enjoy her stories, charm and witty humor. Can't wait for the 2nd book in the series.

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Absolutely Love this book

This is the first book I have listened to from this Author and I am Extremely Impressed. This book is Great! I found myself counting the minutes til I could listen to more of the book. I don’t want to reveal to much info about the story line but I can honestly say the story is interesting, exciting, funny and a little Sexy. The narrator does a Amazing job with the voices of characters. She is definitely one of the best I have ever heard. I hope there will be Many more books in this series.

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  • Erica Paulk
  • 2021-03-10

Fun but not enough time to invest fully

This was really difficult to rate. On one hand I loved the boldness of the story it wasn't afraid of trying new things, the characters were snarky and middle aged but on the other hand something was missing. A big something. More explanation or just more happenings in this world. I wasn't given enough to want to continue. Like the book was more of a sample than a meal.

But omg finally a middle age fantasy romance. I mean not everyone is a 20 year old virgin. This tale was lighthearted and fun although a bit predictable. The memes and shirt quotes were my favorite. And while I did get lost in the snarky fun, the book had it's problems. Dayne 40 something didn't talk or act like her age. There also wasn't full proof why Grandma had to stay away and not train her to use her powers. And how Dayne apparently didn't need to train because she just had the symbols floating in her head from birth.

Dayne procrastinated continuously even to save her own life. Again she was middle age which is so very rare for some reason but then again she was also super special which isn't that rare in the book community. Her best friend was very wild and fun which added nicely to the story. And when the both became brain dead and drooling when Roane walked into a room, that had me in stitches. My biggest problem was that the book didn't give enough. It left you with a cliffhanger and not enough time to get invested so I didn't feel compelled to continue.

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  • Peggy Marchi
  • 2021-03-08

Another Darynda Jones hit!

I loved the combination of the unremarkable with the paranormal in this book. Defiance is a middle aged down on her luck ordinary woman who is swept into a magical world. She is totally blindsided by the discovery that she has a heritage and a mystical past that will shatter her present. A must read for all magic lovers.

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  • Aladynamedq
  • 2021-03-07

What I hoped for

I didn’t know what to expect with this one. I listened to all the other Darynda books on audible and was hoping the same quirky, seductive fun was in this one. I was not disappointed. The cliffhanger has me at the edge of my seat. The narrator is new to be but did a phenomenal job! I will be listening to the next in the series!

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  • BBillings
  • 2021-03-08

Best Book I’ve Read in Ages

I loved this book! I haven’t had such a funny paranormal romance in years. I’m only bummed that the rest of the series isn’t on audible yet. I just bought the series in paperback from Amazon and it should be here tomorrow. Can’t wait to read book 2.

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-09-13

Betwixt/Between Charley Davidson & Sunshine series

Darynda Jones’ three series (Charley Davidson, Sunshine Vicram, and this Betwixt & Between) all have:
-Snarky female MC with a family that keeps secrets from her
-dark and dangerous eventual love interest with a secret, angsty past
-BFF to provide comic relief
-funny sayings to start off chapters

This series is more like the Charley Davidson series because (1) this series takes place in a world with magic, (2) Annette, the BFF here, is sassy and adorably obnoxious just like Cookie, and (3) Defiance is the same sort of “special” Mary Sue type of character as Grim Reaper Charley Davidson. Only, instead of having a mystery procedural to make each book longer, it seems this series cuts that aspect out and just focuses on Defiance the unknowing, but instinctively uber-powerful witch. In some ways, that makes these books more fun. But, it also makes these more of a popcorn read, and best bought on sale in order to get one’s money’s worth.

I’m hoping two issues will be addressed as the series progresses:
1. Unfortunately, the fact that Defiance is 44 years old didn’t really do much for me. The entire plot could just as easily have involved a 34 or 24 year old Defiance. As a listener who is older and divorced, I was hoping older would mean stronger and smarter; instead Defiance starts book 1 at rock bottom. In future books, I hope she represents us “mature” ladies better.

2. I’m a tad exasperated by Darynda’s fixation with her formula ingredients, especially her thing about keeping the MC’s destiny secret and revealing one juicy piece at the end of each book. In this book, the whole keeping secrets thing made zero sense, except to create contrived plot twists.

But, common sense aside, if you just roll with the story, there’s humor, magic, and enough fresh features to merit a matinee listen. I like the better diversity, even if it’s in the supporting characters, like black Sheriff Houston and Defiance’s two dads.

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  • 2021-04-08

Another great series

Great start to a new series. Love the location and the plot. Characters are interesting and the whole book is well thought out. Looking forward to what I hope will be a long journey. Love that you brought back the let’s call them chapter starters, don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

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  • Nancy Chilton-Kendrick
  • 2021-04-02

Frustrating listen

The main character is almost 40 and acts and thinks like she's 16. Repetitive immature dialog. I couldn't get past chapter 10. Narrator is barely good.
I do not recommend this audiobook.

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  • Deb B
  • 2021-03-06

Excellent!!

I so adore Darynda Jones' writing! She is a one click buy for me and honestly, I'm never disappointed. This is another great beginning a super series, and to be honest ive read all 3 of the published books. This audio just makes the series better. Traci Odom does a wonderful job narrating.....her Roane's voice is OMG WOW!!! Love this book and series!!!❤❤❤❤

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  • Lil Red
  • 2021-06-26

Darynda Jones never disappoints

Another fantastic series, I absolutely love the characters the way they are delivered by the narrator. Can’t wait to start book two

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  • Stacey Kosharek
  • 2021-06-24

Loved the characters and the great sense of humor!

Couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to see what other adventures Defiance and Annette and the cast get up to. Also wait to see how the love story works out.

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