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Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Carly Robins
Series: Cursed Luck #1
Published by Tantor Audio on May 4, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 20 minutes
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Kennedy Bennett comes from a long line of curse weavers. For centuries, her family has plied their trade in Unstable, Massachusetts, a quirky small town that’s welcomed paranormal practitioners since the dawn of spiritualism. Kennedy has recently struck out on her own, opening an antiques shop in Boston, where her speciality is uncursing and reselling hexed objects.
Then Aiden Connolly walks into her life with an offer she really should refuse. The scion of a wealthy family of luck workers, Aiden has a scheme to get his hands on the most famous cursed object of all: the mythical Necklace of Harmonia. He’s not the only one after the necklace, though. And he’s not the only one looking for a curse weaver to fix it. Kennedy’s sisters are kidnapped, she finds herself plunged into the underbelly of the magical world where even Aidan soon finds himself in over his head.
The beginning of Cursed Luck almost feels like a cozy paranormal mystery with a “witch” and magic. Kennedy is the sassy middle of three orphaned girls who are curse weavers / breakers. The depth and layers make this much more than the usual cozy. The Cursed Luck series is my favorite urban fantasy genre.
Kennedy at first seems like the snarky cozy heroine but she is much more. She runs her own antiques business in Boston. Her sisters are back in her home town. Things get complicated when people come looking to hire her and then her sisters go missing. Aidan Connelly, born with a silver spoon, is one of them.
Kennedy and Aidan, not quite trusting each other, but somewhat attracted, search for her sisters and to learn more about the famous necklace. As they deal with all the problems, they come to know and appreciate each other. Kennedy is smart and very capable in her skills. Her knowledge of history and ancient Greek serves her well.
The mystery around the necklace and all those who want to buy or steal it is twisty. There’s plenty of danger for our team and the allies they develop. I really enjoyed the world and characters and look forward to reading more. There will be a novella in an anthology, Hex on the Beach, releasing in July.
Carly Robins is a narrator who I recognize but I can’t find anything of hers I have read and she is pretty prolific. Her tone was a bit higher and sharper than average which seems usual in the snarky, cozy world. I was quickly comfortable with her performance. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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