🎧 Berls Reviews High Jinx #COYER

Posted February 9, 2022 by Berls in Review / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

🎧 Berls Reviews High Jinx #COYERHigh Jinx by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Carly Robins
Series: Cursed Luck #2
Published by Tantor Audio on January 18, 2022
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Length: 12 hrs 41 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Curse weaver Kennedy Bennett has re-settled into her beloved hometown and opened a shop selling previously hexed antiques. When she fails to win an online auction for a notorious cursed painting, Aiden Connolly—the wealthy and swoon-worthy luck worker she is not dating—swoops in to buy it for her.
Crying Girl is one of a quartet of haunted legendary paintings. Kennedy knows that the “ghosts” are actually curses—fatal ones. The paintings have been missing for years, and Kennedy is thrilled at the chance to uncurse one…until Crying Girl disappears before they can collect it.
Kennedy and Aiden soon discover that the painting hasn’t been randomly whisked out of their reach. Someone used it to lure them in, and now that they’ve snatched the bait, they’ve been snared in a trap. Either the thief gets what they want…or the four paintings are going to find their way back into the world, and Kennedy and Aiden will be responsible for the deadly chaos the cursed portraits wreak.

Once again, I really enjoyed the way the quirkiness of paranormal cozies comes together with mythology and urban fantasy in this series! I’ve read somewhere that this is the conclusion to the series (duology?), but I certainly hope that’s not the case! In my opinion, it’s far from concluded.

I think my favorite part of High Jinx was the character/relationship development. Kennedy and Aiden especially learn so much about each other and grow a lot closer in this book. I really enjoyed better understanding his family situation and felt exasperated on his behalf because of his parents – especially his father who I might just say is evil.

The mystery was also great. It involved some cursed paintings and once again the gods/immortals (Mercury and Athene — and one other, but that would be a spoiler — took center stage). I feel like we’re gradually learning even more about the magical world through the mysteries, which is fun.

The narration of High Jinx was done been Carly Robins and I think she does a great job of bringing the characters to life, complete with the snarky tone I’ve come to expect in my paranormal cozies. I listened at 2x speed (as I normally do) very comfortably.

4.5 stars I loved it

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

🎧 Berls Reviews High Jinx #COYERGoddess of Summer Love by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Emily Durante
Series: Cursed Luck #1.5
Published by Tantor Audio on January 18, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Cozy Mystery
Pages: 129
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Unstable, the paranormal tourist town the curse-weaving Bennett sisters call home. Kennedy has invited luck-worker Aiden Connolly and his younger brother, Rian. She’s also invited Venus, an immortal once worshipped as the goddess of love.
Venus earned her reputation honestly. There’s nothing she likes more than matchmaking, and the three Bennett sisters are ripe for her particular skills.
The trick to getting Kennedy and Aiden together is to give them a mystery to solve. Just grab a local cold case and add a few red herrings. They’ll be so happy working together again that they’ll never know the difference. Or that’s the theory. But when the mystery turns into a real one, Venus’s plan may end up doing more harm than good.

In the audiobook there’s also a short novella – Goddess of Summer Love – included at the end. The placement is unfortunate as it falls before the events of this book (which is accurately displayed on Goodreads), but since I didn’t know it was there, I read it after. I still enjoyed it quite a bit and it was fun getting the perspective of Venus/Vanessa – an immortal/god – on the relationships of all the key characters. And I also enjoyed the mystery. I just really wish it had been at the start of the audio book (or at the end of the first book).

The narration of Goddess of Summer Love was done by Emily Durante, a narrator I’ve listened to several times and enjoy. I think it was an appropriate narration change, as she has more of the urban fantasy voice than the paranormal cozy… if that makes any sense to anyone but me. I also was able to listen at 2x speed comfortably.

3.5 stars pretty good

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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4 responses to “🎧 Berls Reviews High Jinx #COYER

  1. Great reviews! I really enjoyed book 1 and hope to read the novella and book 2 soon. I am glad to hear how much you enjoyed it and it sounds like book 2 is just as good as book 1. I’ll make sure to read the novella before book 2 as I like to read things in order.