Release Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
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 mysterieswherever 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.
First I want to thank Melliane of Between Dreams and Reality for reviewing part 2, His Lordship Possessed, on her blog just recently. I've been slacking for the past couple of weeks and I wanted to read something short. Her review helped me decide which book I can knock off my TBR pile so merci beaucoup Mademoiselle, Melliane!
HER LADYSHIP'S CURSE was a quick, short and easy read. Lynn Viehl did a good job in constructing her version of Steampunk America in so few words, doing it in a very vivid and realistic way without sacrificing the plot and conflict of the story. Charmian "Kit" Kittredge was very succinct in giving us a short version of her backstory, connections and friendships it was quite easy to get lost in the fantasy. I haven't read Steampunk America like this, those that I've come across have a western feel to it and I'm not into that setting. Disenchanted & Co. feels very Victorian despite being set in the Indies plus there's a really good balance of magic, action and "reality" here which made the story believable to an extent.
There are so many sub plots going on in HER LADYSHIP'S CURSE, there's the main one as the title states which still remained unresolved by book's end. Then there's Kit's genealogy/family tree project which was spurned after the ghost of her grandfather (you wouldn't believe who he is!) started haunting her. Then there's her love/hate relationship with the super annoying and equally attractive, Lucien Dredmore. Plus minor magical mishaps thrown here and there to keep our hearts pumping with suspense and excitement. So really there's never a dull moment in this 200 +/- paged novel.
Let me talk about the hunky wizard/magician Lucien Dredmore for a bit. This dude has BAD NEWS written all over him. And just like the notorious, Micajah Hawke (St. Croix Chronicles, Karina Cooper), Lucien is persistent and caring in a callous and unconventional way. He's a "rake" and readers will find it hard to resist his charm(less)ing ways. His scenes with Kit are always filled with tension and there was one particular scene that I found funny and it was Lucien switching his tomato dish with Kit. Tomatoes are believed to be aphrodisiacs and as he's been seducing Kit for a long time with no success, he thought to give that theory a whirl. I guess it worked because Kit finally gave in shortly after that.
And the ending! OMG! Thank God I have part 2, His Lordship Possessed, otherwise I'll be thumping myself on the head in suspense and frustration due to that cliffhanger! Like WTH! After all that tension, Kit and Lucien finally had their moment and lo and behold, Lucien did a total jerk move to "protect" Kit and the afterglow hasn't even faded yet! And that's how HER LADYSHIP'S CURSE concluded. Major issues still unresolved and we readers are left feeling anger and disbelief over Dredmore's audacity and duplicity. Bah! So let me binge and I'll come back to you with my thoughts on His Lordship Possessed, hopefully LViehl will show a little bit of mercy and will leave us something nice to tide us over til His Clockwork Wolf 's release.