Her Ladyship's Curse (Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, part 1)
by Lynn Viehl
published by Pocket Star
genre: Adult, Steampunk, Supernatural,
*e-galley received from netGalley/ publisher in exchange for an honest review.
**Disenchanted & Co. was first released in 2013 as two parts. The full book Disenchanted & Co. is available as of 1/28/2014
Summary (Goodreads): In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.
Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.
Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
My Thoughts: The author did a good job of sucking you right into this story considering the length of this first part. I was instantly interested in Kit, her job, and what exactly made her so special. Was there something "special" about her or was she correct in her belief that there is no such thing as magic?
I found the rest of the characters just as interesting if not liable. I liked both of Kit's friends, they were so very different from each other and different from Kit that it worked and made sense for these two to be her friends. I started with a strong dislike for Dredmore but at the same time wanted to know where the author was going with the relationship between him and Kit. It had some very high moments just to turn around and have some of the lowest follow almost immediately.
Overall, while this was just part of the first book in the series, it gives you a glimpse into the world and the characters that live there. I thought the alternate America was well done without making it the typical western that you find in some steampunks. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this story/series.