Expected Release Date: October 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Pocket Star
Author’s Website: http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Part 2, Disenchanted & Co. Serial Novel
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: N/A
Favorite Tropes: Time Travel, Enemies To Lovers
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.
As a fan of the first installment of this book, I was thrilled to immerse myself into the incredible world that the author has created. As in the first story, the idea that America had lost the Revolutionary War, and that magic plays a big part in everyday life, sucked me right into the action.
I still loved Kit, and thoroughly enjoyed watching her beliefs about magic change as more and more proof was laid at her feet — often with devastating consequences.
The conspiracy was great, and Lucien is simply delicious.
I adored the twist in the end. I truly had no clue how the author was going to pull a happy ending out of the utter mess that Kit found herself in, but it was brilliantly done!
Overall, this was a fantastic end to a wonderful series, and I can’t wait to read more.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars