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 whereverthey 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.
His Lordship Possessed picks up exactly where Her ladyship's Curse leaves off, and I do mean exactly. As in, the very next sentence (remember my frustration at the unexpected way part 1 turned out?). Kit doesn't believe in magic so when she is called to help a rich woman that seems to be harming herself while sleeping, she brings her usual amount of cynicism and charm, only to discover that something far greater is afoot. Her investigation draws the attentions of Lucien Dredmore, the incredibly sexy deathmage, and Inspector Doyle, another admirer of Kit's unorthodox lifestyle. Both men want something from Kit and it's just a matter of time before she gives in to one of them. I'm firmly planted on the side of Lucien because there is just something about his silky way of handling Kit and the mayhem that seems to follow her. Plus, he does seem to genuinely care about her. However, if you want to know how all that turns out then you will have to read for yourself!
I highly recommend this new series to anyone that enjoys The St. Croix Chronicles (Karina Cooper) or The Parasol Protectorate series (Gail Carriger), not because they are the same but because all encompass a unique view in the world of steampunk, each having a strong, and willful, female protagonist that seeks to be her own person despite what society might demand. Also, it is imperative that Part 1 and Part 2 be read in order, and if you're anything like me and do not particularly enjoy cliffhanger endings, I would suggest that you read them together...no waiting that way! I practically screamed when part 1 abruptly ended!
Now, I'm finally off to read The Clockwork Wolf, book 2 in the Disenchanted series!
Reading order (extremely helpful to know):
My Lord Mayhem (0.5)
Her Ladyship's Curse (Book 1,Part 1)
His Lordhip Possessed (Book 1,Part 2)
Disenchanted and Co. (contains both part 1 and 2, no new content that I am aware)
The Clockwork Wolf (book 2)
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