New Release Review ~ The Inbetweeneers by Barbara Elsborg

An angel and a demon walk into a bar…

It should be the start of a joke, except Emmett and Phoenix loathe each other the moment they meet. Reluctant and mismatched partners they may be, but they’ve been given a job to do on Earth: persuade the newly dead to move on to wherever they’re destined to go.

A friendly word here, a nudge there, all the dead should need is a push in the right direction—but dark forces are working against the pair, and the mission takes a dangerous turn.

From hate at first sight, to toleration, to something more… Except time is running out, and soon Emmett and Phoenix will be torn apart and returned to the worlds from which they came. That’s not what they want, and neither is willing to go back without a fight…

…. Because even though they’re dead, they’ve never felt more alive.

This is book 3 in the series, but all can be read as standalones.


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5 Stars

Barbara Elsborg is one of those rare authors that can write beautiful stories, whatever the genre. This is actually the third in the Lost and Found Series, where the characters all work for the equivalent of the Paranormal Police service. There is some overlap of characters, but the plots do not, and you can read them as a stand-alone. In fact, I haven’t read the others, and it didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story. I will, however, be going to rectify this error of judgment and catch up on books 1 and 2.

In this story, we have an angel and demon brought to earth to find why souls are not moving on to heaven or hell. It’s a real opposites-attract and full of hilariously funny banter; the snark between the two is brilliant. Emmett is a bored angel. He cannot see why anyone likes heaven, so he is quite happy to end up back on earth. Phoenix is a lower-level demon who has no argument with hell being where he should be. It would be easy to think that this will be just a paranormal investigation, where lust turns to love, but there is so much more. Slowly as the plot develops, we see the threads that connect these two. Neither is where they should be, and their lives before they died were painful; neither getting the chances they should have. As their connection grows, the love that develops is truly wonderful. It doesn’t become sappy; it’s moving, but they still bounce off each other. Nix’s meeting with his brother brought a tear to my eye.

This is such a great story. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Funny characters that will make you laugh but squeeze your heart as well. This story has such a great premise. The angel and demon may have been done before, but not with such a great, original storyline bringing the two together.

A must-read for me.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***