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Bewitched by Darynda Jones Review

Title: Bewitched

Author: Darynda Jones

First published September 28, 2020

274 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.3


Defiance Dayne, a powerful witch in her forties, just found out that she is one of the three charmlings in the world. Her immense power makes her a prime target for other witches who will stop at nothing to obtain it, even if it means ending her life.

Life after forty is anything but simple as she must learn how to avoid supernatural assassins and cast spells on the go. To top it off, the most attractive man she has ever met is living in her basement.

Whoever said life begins at forty was not kidding.

About the Author

Darynda Jones, a bestselling author on both NYTimes and USA Today, has gained recognition for her exceptional work by receiving several prestigious awards such as RITA, Golden Heart, and Daphne du Maurier. Her books have been translated into 17 languages.

Darynda has always had a remarkable talent for storytelling, and since her childhood, she has been weaving tales of brave heroes and damsels in distress for anyone willing to listen. Her most popular work includes the Charley Davidson series, and she is currently working on two exciting projects, the Sunshine Vicram Mystery Series with St. Martin’s Press, and the Betwixt and Between Series, which is a paranormal women’s fiction series.

Darynda resides in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. To read one of her popular short stories, The Monster, click here.

You can find Darynda on her website or social media.

Editoral Review

Darynda Jones’ latest release, Bewitched, is a captivating addition to the world of urban fantasy. Known for her ability to seamlessly weave humor, romance, and magic into her novels, Jones does not disappoint in this new release.

With its unique blend of mystery, romance, and supernatural elements, Bewitched will delight both fans of Jones’ previous works and newcomers to the genre. The story follows the life of Oscar, a young witch who is struggling to come to terms with her powers.

After a string of mysterious deaths occur in her small town, Oscar finds herself embroiled in a dangerous investigation, aided by a charming detective named Will. As the two investigate the murders, they are drawn into a web of dark magic and sinister forces, all while navigating their complicated feelings for each other.

Jones does an excellent job of creating a dynamic and engaging cast of characters. Oscar is a relatable and endearing protagonist, struggling to balance her responsibilities as a witch with her desires for a normal life.

Will, too, is a well-crafted character, with a perfect blend of cockiness and vulnerability that makes him all the more charming. The supporting cast is equally strong, each with their own distinctive personality and motivations.

The pacing of the plot is spot-on, with just the right amount of suspense and action to keep the reader engaged. Jones expertly juggles the various plot threads, pulling them all together in a satisfying and thrilling conclusion.

The writing is polished and engaging, with vivid descriptions and sharp dialogue that brings the story to life. One of the most impressive aspects of Bewitched is Jones’ ability to tackle important themes while still delivering an entertaining read.

Issues of power, responsibility, and self-acceptance are all woven throughout the novel, giving it a depth and resonance that sets it apart from other urban fantasy books. If there is any flaw in Bewitched, it is perhaps that the romance between Oscar and Will feels a bit rushed at times.

Nonetheless, their chemistry is undeniable, and the slow burn of their relationship is satisfying in its own right. Overall, Bewitched is a fantastic entry into the urban fantasy genre, with strong characterization, a thrilling plot, and important themes.

Fans of Darynda Jones’ previous works will not be disappointed, and newcomers to the genre will find a lot to love in this delightful and magical story.