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.
by Lynn Viehl
Released: August 12, 2013
Series: Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, Part #1
Published by Pocket Star
… this book was excellent, the story was intriguing, the world that Viehl has started to build was interesting and Kit was the kind of heroine I like, independent and intelligent. ~ Under the Covers
Miss Charmian “Kit” Kittredge lives in a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolution. It is a time of machines and magic. But Kit doesn’t believe in magic and her detective agency has debunked many so called curses and enchantments. But Kit may have taken on more than she can handle when a high society lady asks for her help as she is being attacked whilst she sleeps. But Kit’s investigation leads her to discover her own family’s sordid past as well attracting the unwanted attention of two men, both of whom as completely unsuitable and potentially dangerous to her well being.
I adore it when a book surprises me! I wasn’t sure what to expect from Her Ladyship’s Curse, I have never read Lynn Viehl before and steampunk is a genre that although I like, I haven’t done an extensive amount of reading in. But this book was excellent, the story was intriguing, the world that Viehl has started to build was interesting and Kit was the kind of heroine I like, independent and intelligent.
This book does seem to focused on world building and uses Kit’s daily life to demonstrate how the world differs and admittedly when I started reading the book I found the terms and the world slightly confusing. But as I carried on reading it became much clearer and I found myself slotting into this new America where the Empire still ruled.
But although there was a lot of information coming at you in Her Ladyship’s Curse what I found most fascinating was Kit’s investigation, which dregs up information from her fa
mily’s past in the process and the relationship with the dark and dangerous Lucien Dredmore. Normally I am more of a romance fan rather than a mystery fan, but the story of a possible conspiracy that is weaved through this book was fascinating and although there is the beginnings of a love triangle (bleh!) going on, I find myself more interested in getting to the bottom of Kit’s investigation. Although Lucien is delicious, dangerous and dastardly, and seeing what will happen is another reason why I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.
Another reason to read is the awful cliffhanger! It is so frustrating, but has ensured that I will be picking up the next book in the series. So if you are after a new and interesting read with some action, mystery and romance than I highly recommend you give this book a chance, it may be short, but it packs a punch.
*ARC provided by author
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?