Author: Vicky Loebel
Narrators: Nick Podehl & Emily Beresford
Length: 12 hours 49 minutes
Publisher: Pentachronistic Press
Released: Jun. 17, 2013
The Road to Hell is Paved with Bad Intentions. Get ready for Keys to the Coven, a witty, tightly plotted, (adult) urban-fantasy/romance set in an original universe where karma is power, sex is karma, and it’s not who you know but whose soul you own that matters.*
To become a demon, you must die in complete and utter despair. Three hundred years ago, Max passed that test with flying colors and joined the afterlife resolving never again to have innocent blood on his hands. Now Max has been given the job of breaking a young witch’s family curse. But what she doesn’t know, what Max can’t bring himself to tell her, is that completing his mission almost certainly means her death.
When Felicity Woodsen inherits her mother’s coven, she learns each firstborn Woodsen daughter must become the consort of an evil-arch demon. Felicity’s only hope is to ally with the mysteriously charming Max. But is saving her body from one demon worth risking her soul with another?
Roxashael became a demon when his Roman captors sent his family, one by one to be devoured by lions. The lesson was clear: power is good; lots of power is better. Two-thousand years later, Rocky has power. He’s purchased hundreds of souls, and he’s created the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as his consort, turns him into an arch-demon and places him above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma.
Unfortunately, Rocky made a mistake. He fell in love with Felicity’s mother and in a moment of weakness promised to give up his demon-consort charm. Now Felicity’s mother is dead, the Minsk Homunculus is slated for destruction, and Rocky’s power as an arch-demon is about to end.
No demon can break a promise. If Rocky refuses to give up the Minsk Homunculus, he’ll become the lowest, most abject slave in Hell. But then, why break promises when they’re so easy to corrupt?
**Caution: This book contains violence, strong sexual themes, moderately explicit sex between consenting adults, (unfulfilled) threats against children, and one completely gratuitous reference to unicorns.
Vicky Loebel began her professional life as a systems programmer for NASA and moved through successively more challenging careers before settling in as a writer of tightly-plotted, romantic fiction. She lives on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, AZ with her sister, three dogs, a rotating assortment of children, and a husband who has the patience of a saint.
Nick Podehl is a professional Voice Actor. He has narrated over 200 audio books, many of which have won various awards.
Emily Beresford is a professional audiobook narrator who is a nerd for books, no matter the genre. In 2013 she was nominated for an Audie Award and received an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine, for her work on the Multi-Voice title October Mourning. She lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband, and two amazing children.
Tell me again what we’re looking for? Felicity Woodsen jerked a twenty foot telephone cord around a mahogany table, braced a wobbling Tiffany lamp with one elbow, and listened to the unanswered ringing of the old-fashioned telephone receiver tucked under her ear. There are parlors–she thought, peering into the filtered light that spilled in waves across the ponderosa pines crowding her mother’s gray windows–there are parlors in which genteel ladies live out the simple order of their days, knitting doilies, sipping elderbery winde, and perhaps burying a yellow fever victim in the basement now and again. She shoved a seventeenth century French ottoman out of her path, sending a twenty-first century flutter of moths into the air. OK, be nice, she told herself sternly. Mom’s dead. Granted, Rose Woodsen had been a rotten mother, a lunatic con-woman who thought she was a witch, an unfaithful wife who’d driven off her husband and looked the other way while her oldest daughter…
Learning that you are actually a witch can be frightening, but also empowering. What if you learned that your whole family, generations before you, were all witches and sorcerers? It would be very difficult to cope with because that would mean that your life would change forever, possibly even putting your life in danger. Loebel has a peculiar, but highly compelling paranormal story that will leave readers entertained.
Felicity meets Max after having it out about Greg, her lying cheating no good for nothing, now ex-fiance. After arriving at her mother’s house to take care of the estate, she has only two things in her mind. Her mother promised to pay the bills for her younger sister’s Medical School and then, she had to figure out what to do with her mother’s house…her rotten careless no good for nothing…now dead mother. Even if she is dead though, she still holds reserve that somewhere her mother was a good person…then Max climbs through the window and makes his presence known to a furious Felicity and younger sister Hannah.
Max isn’t a normal man…in fact, he really isn’t human at all–he’s a demon. He made a deal with Rose Woodson, Felicity’s mother, that he would protect her since she is the oldest daughter in the Woodson line. Coming into her powers is something that Rose feels would be the most dangerous thing for her with something called the Minsk Homunculus, a magic artifact that, by binding a human witch as a consort, turns a demon into an arch-demon and places them above the goody-two-shoes laws of karma. Wrapped up into a nutshell, they find themselves in some seriously deep danger.
After a binding goes so horribly wrong and Max becomes bonded to Felicity for what appears to be 24-hours, she is forced to come to the rationalization that perhaps her mother wasn’t completely lunatic crazy when she said that she was a witch and head of her own coven.
Loebel does a good job with character development, most of it. There are some characters that seem to be left in the dark a little more than others. As the suspense unravels, so many things are thrown at these characters in rapid succession–making the story fun and enticing! The pace is fast, sometimes if feels that it is a little too fast which can make the story a bit confusing for the reader in this type of genre. The change in having two narrators is certainly very entertaining as well. One narrator can do the job just fine…given that they are fit for the novel, but having two perspectives in this story from Felicity and Max, two narrators do give the narration a great emphasis on both characters. If you are a reader of paranormal, suspense, and fantasy, this might be something that you are looking for!
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Keys to the Coven by Wendy Loebel, narrated by Emily Beresford and Nick Podehl.
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- Text message or call? Text
- Pancakes or waffles? Chocolate Chip pancakes
- Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Dr. Who – any episode that does not revolve around a family member
- TV Shows or movies? TV Shows (lately)
- Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
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- Passenger or Driver? Bring the car around at six please, Jeeves.
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- Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Home
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