Inbetweeners by Barbara Elsborg

Once upon a time, a demon and an angel met in a bar.  They didn't like each other at all at first.  Then they did...

From the Inbetweeners blurb:

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.

Sheena's Review:

Inbetweeners is the third book in the Lost and Found series, but you could easily read it as a standalone. There are cameos from the characters in the first two books but it doesn't assume knowledge of the world or characters.

I think this is the best of the series so far, and that's saying a lot because I really liked the first book, and loved the second with Crispin and Garrett. Emmett and Phoenix are new characters to the series, and I liked them both straight away. They have been returned from Heaven and Hell respectively to do a job on earth. They've seemingly been chosen at random to find out who or what is stopping souls going where they need to go. As the story unfolds though, it turns out they're more interconnected than either thought.

I loved the banter between the two, the mutual snark and sass and the obvious chemistry. I also loved how the story developed and wasn't just totally straightforward. Their dealings with Harry were brilliant too.

I also loved how it raised the whole debate about heaven and hell and the reasons why people were sent to each place and for these two their stories were equally heartbreaking and moving and I was so happy with the ending. I loved this book, it made me laugh and cry and truly deserves its 5 stars."

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Inbetweeners is my first Barbara Elsborg book, but it won't be my last.  I agree with the author that you can read Inbetweeners as standalone and while I'm sure that having more backstory would be great, I don't feel like I missed anything.

Inbetweeners is a romance that happens to have a PNR angels and devils trope - the banter, the snark and the interplay is the most striking part of it - the fact that they are true opposites is gold!  That's not to say that there aren't parts of the book that ripped out my heart and put it back together...

Not only that, it makes you think about the dichotomy of Heaven and Hell, the rules and expectations and more...

In summary, Inbetweeners book has it all - great characters, a memorable storyline, emotion and depth... just add it to your tbr... do it...

Rating: 5 Stars


  1. If this is your first Barbara, then might I suggest her Unfinished Business series. It starts with The Making of Jonty Bloom and that's one of my favourite MM books. Jonty is a delight, sassy and snarky and yet in Barbara fashion the story is slightly dark, angsty and twisty.


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