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February 24, 2014

Love It: The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl

Series: Disechanted & Co. 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal | Steampunk
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo 
As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, the second installment of Lynn Viehl's steampunk series, Disenchanted & Co., is a wonderful sequel to a strong debut. Once again spell breaker, Charmian "Kit" Kittredge, takes us for a ride this time involving Clockwork wolves. Said wolves have been going going on a mad rampage around the city of Rumsen, murdering citizens, creating havoc and impregnating women with a single bite. Thanks to Kit's cleverness, she saved the day and another bloody situation has been averted. Not only that, this big little adventure of hers opened a rather interesting love triangle between Kit, Deathmage, Lucien Dredmore, and, Scotland Yard Chief, Inspector Doyle. 
"No." He turned me onto my back and rolled over to hold me down. "I want you, and I will do anything to have you. I never concealed that. And if for once you will cease pretending this indifference that you have never truly felt toward me, then you can admit it is the same for you." - Lucien Dredmore
Now we're all tired of this pesky love triangle but there are some authors who can manage to pull this romantic entanglement off. LViehl is one of those. And although I called out Kit for her slutty ways (I meant that in a fond way), this romantic development was expected, believable and organic. Kit has been the object of Dredmore and Doyle's affection, the former even managed to take it one step further with Kit. To his credit, Tom Doyle is one eligible and gorgeous bloke and I'm not surprised that he managed to turn Kit's head this time around. Kit and Doyle have known each other since they were kids and one can tell Doyle have always crushed on Kit, it's just that Kit's so oblivious to Doyle's unusual demonstrations of his affections that she failed to pick up the signals until now. Kit's found herself in quite the romantic pickle because at the end of THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, Kit's forced to choose between Dredmore and Doyle or maybe even stay single and let them battle it out! I have to say I can't choose a "team" at this point because both men have strong suits and either of them can be good for Kit. All I know is I am loving this brewing romantic conflict and I can't wait what Kit's BFF, Carina, has to say about this once she finds out!

As for the non-romantic parts, LViehl was relentless! There's never a dull moment in THE CLOCKWORK WOLF. She really kept me on my toes here what with Kit's investigation, verbal foreplay with Dredmore, entertaining conversations with her ghost grandfather, Harry, and her Madame BFF, Carina, and passive aggressive "courtship" with Tom Doyle via various case inquiries. The whole fiasco about the Aramanthans and their attempt for power by making these enchanted Clockwork Wolves was fascinating and creative on LViehl's part. Backing it up with Native American magic was perfect and added an enchanting layer to the plot. THE CLOCKWORK WOLF's one heck of an adventure and I'm positive that the next book will be just as good if not better. 

To sum it up: I LOVE this series! I've read quite a few Steampunk series and Disenchanted & Co. joins the ranks of the best ones, that I can guarantee. The action/adventure isn't overshadowed by the romance, the characters, and even the secondary characters, are fleshed out perfectly I won't be surprised if one of the supporting cast gets their own novella or book in the future. The romance has the right amount of tension and passion to sexify LViehl's Victorian province of Toriana. And Kit is such a fantastic heroine, she carries the series so well thanks to her attitude and drive. It's quite impossible not to love her.







28 comments:

  1. clockwork wolves impregnating women? Okay.. different heh. I haven't read enough steampunk, thought the genre has me curious.

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    1. I have the same reaction but there's a lot of magic behind it. YOu should give this genre a try, it's really interesting

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  2. Ok yes this one sounds cool :D It has been a while since my last steampunk

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    1. Give this series a gander, it's really awesome!

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  3. Guess who one-clicked book one..yeah Me. How the heck did I miss all this fun! Thanks Braine, I am excited!

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    1. Hahaha! YAY! You'll love this for sure!

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  4. I was already eyeing this book when I put it in a Friday Forecast. I can handle the love triangle if there is plenty of action and I am interested in Kit's slutty ways.

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    1. Kit's not very slutty but given the circumstances and setting, she can be considered as one LOL

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  5. It's weird, I like steampunk a lot but rarely read it. I'm adding the first book to my wishlist, it sounds good!

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    1. You and me both. We should read more steampunk!

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  6. wonderful to hear she can pull of the love triangle and didn't manage to fall into the sophmore slump

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    1. Well said! Sophomore slump, why didn't I think of that?!

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  7. Oh my, it's been awhile since I've read a LViehl book. Adding this series :D

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    1. Yes do, there's only two books so the catch up won't be too hard.

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  8. I haven't read many steampunk books, but I'm definitely in love with the idea of this one, especially since she does the love triangle thing so well. I always hate when a love triangle's added purely for a plot device, but I feel like it would be a great addition to the story in this case :) I'm also really intrigued by the overall pacing and plot because it sounds wonderful! Great review!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen & your impression is on the money. I hope you get to try this, or any steampunk for that matter, soon!

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  9. You're really gonna make me read steampunk, aren't you?!? ;) Awesome review, girl!

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  10. Impregnating women with a singled bite?!! That's bananas! So glad you enjoyed, Braine. Great review!

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    1. B-A-N-A-N-A-S! That's magic for you, dear Andrea ;)

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  11. Glad to hear you loved this series, I haven't really given steampunk a shot, I wonder if I'd enjoy it as much. And wow, with a name like LViehl I have no idea how to pronounce that. Great review Braine!

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    1. Me too. I'm happy this is a written review otherwise I think I will disgrace myself and murder her name. Eep!

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  12. I haven't read much steampunk, but I think I would like it... and I do enjoy a well done love triangle so it sounds like this is one I need to check out. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! She did pull the love triangle off wonderfully

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  13. I love steampunk, but it sounds a little scary to become pregnant that way :O I think I need to make sure this series makes it to my shelves, though, since you loved it so much!

    have a terrific Tuesday, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Haha! I know but it's you unique, I have to give Viehl that.

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  14. I can't believe I forgot about this series. Your review on the sequel reminds me that I want to read these. Thanks for sharing your review thoughts!

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    1. Great! Book 1 is easier to read because it was split on two.

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