Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review : Disenchanted and Co. ( Disenchanted and Co. #1) by Lynn Viehl

Title: Disenchanted and Co
Author: Lynn Viehl
Published: January 28, 2014 by Pocketbooks
Pages: 380 pages
Reviewer: Cerridwen
Rating: 4
Sexual : 2

This release is considered Book One in the series. It combines Part 1: Her Ladyship's Curse and Part 2: His Lordship Possessed into one volume. In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead. Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a 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 a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. 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. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

Finding something that is different is always a challenge for me. I am so glad to see more steam punk come into the romance genre. A good steam story for me always has a female lead that is strong and proving her way in lieu of the Victorian setting and male dominance. It should also not overwhelm me with so much Steampunk science that I can't envision it. During Disenchanted and Co. I loved the storyline but at times I found Kit to be annoying. It was as though she would put reason aside to prove a point and would eventually land herself in which a man must rescue her. Viehl does build the world around her characters to where you feel like you know them yet leaves a lot of mystery to keep you reading. She also gives a delightful ghost a surprise persona.

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