Review: His Lordship Possessed by Lynn Viehl

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jen in 4 stars, Historical Romance, Paranormal Fiction, Rating A, Reviews, Steampunk Fiction Tags: , , , , ,

Disenchanted & Co., Part 2: His Lordship Possessed
Author: Lynn Viehl

Rating: A-, 4 Stars

What I’m Talking About:

Note: this review will contain spoilers from the first title, Her Ladyship’s Curse, which is actually the first part of the two part story making up the novel Disenchanted & Co. If you plan to read the novel in its entirety when it comes out in January – or – if you haven’t read Ladyship, please be warned! His Lordship Possessed truly is the second half of a larger story, and I do not recommend reading it as a stand alone story.

His Lordship Possessed picks up immediately where Her Ladyship’s Curse ends. In the first half of the tale, the reader was introduced to Kit Kittredge, a sort of “private eye” who debunks magical curses and spells. Lucien Dredmore is her nemesis who is terribly attracted to Kit and wants her all to himself. After a brief weakness of spirit resulting in exciting sexual encounter between Kit and Lucien, Kit finds herself locked away in his estate. Relying on her mysterious grandfather, she makes a daring escape, only to find that Lord Walsh is attempting to ruin her.

I completely devoured His Lordship Possessed in a matter of hours. I could NOT put this exciting story down for more than a moment. After doing a fabulous job laying the groundwork and creating an interesting and intriguing world in the first book, Ms. Viehl sends her characters on a non-stop adventure, full of unforeseen twists and amazing revelations. The purposeful actions and events are well-planned and masterfully written. One really doesn’t need more from a book, right?

But wait… that’s not all! As I stated in my review of Her Ladyship’s Curse, the characters of this tale are an exciting aspect of the book that make it so much more than just an adventure. Each of the characters undergoes further development and adds heart to the story. However, it is Kit herself that truly makes this story a wonderful piece. Seeing everything from her point-of-view, I was heartbroken as Kit watches her life unravel due to the machinations of Lord Walsh. Her feelings and subsequent actions add complexity to the story and give readers a character to root for and admire. Add to this her complex feelings towards Lucien and their growing affections, and you have a beautiful romance as well.

Meanwhile, we learn the true nature of what happened to Lady Walsh (from the first book), as well as a detailed and elaborate history of events that shape the current conflict with Lord Walsh. We learn if in fact magic is real, and what the repercussions of the truth mean for our heroine. The added world-building is fascinating and completely unique.

I enjoyed the direction the book headed, creating some difficult choices that Kit had to confront. I liked that she took charge and faced each moment with everything she had. However, without giving spoilers, I will say that I did have a minor issue with how things resolved themselves in the end. While the concept of what happened made me cringe a little, I actually am please with the results, so I can’t judge Ms. Viehl’s choice too harshly. Additionally, it left the door open for some exciting adventures ahead, and I cannot wait to get my hands on Kit’s next story!

4 stars: Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)


About the Book:

The second half of Disenchanted & Co.—the thrilling conclusion. 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.

Release Date: October 14, 2013
Pocket Star
Disenchanted & Co. #1, part 2
ISBN: #978-1476722344
Alternate Timeline, Historical, Romance
Book Source: Author

Purchase Info:
Disenchanted & Co., Part 2: His Lordship Possessed

Reviews in the Series:
Disenchanted & Co., Part 1: Her Ladyship’s Curse