ARC Review: Her Ladyship’s Curse by Lynn Viehl

Posted August 5, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Her Ladyship’s Curse by Lynn Viehl
Her Ladyship's Curse
by Lynn Viehl

4.5 Stars


Released: August 12, 2013
Series: Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, Part #1
Published by Pocket Star
Pages: 200
Format: ARC

… 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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About Lynn Viehl

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an element of romance will always be present.

In what spare time remains she enjoys quilting, reading, cooking, painting, and knitting. She currently lives with her family in Florida.

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I differ from you in that I have read Lynn viehls Darkyn series & her LoD series. I have yet to try any steampunk so your review was pretty interesting.
I hate cliff hangers but at least I know there is a love interest


Thanks for the great review Suz…looking forward to reading this!