When a lord tries to take advantage of Finley Jane, she fights back and wins. As she flees, she meets Griffin King, the Duke of Greythorne. He takes her in. Finley, however, is fearful–she is not normal and doesn’t know what will happen if her darker side surfaces again. Then again, no one else in Griffin’s house is ordinary either. Join Finley, Griffin, and their friends as they track down The Machinist, an inventor who has a set of homicidal robots and is planning something far more nefarious.
This book was just about what I was looking for–light, fun, and action-packed. It’s got a lot of fun concepts and characters behind it–I was appreciative of some of the world concepts, particularly things like the Aether, the Organites, and the nifty gadgets. I also really liked the concept behind Finley’s character. I liked the way uncertain she was, although I liked her best when she was being strong. Finley was probably one of my favorite characters, although I really, really liked Emily and Griffin as well. Emily is just so sweet. The action scenes were a lot of fun to read as well. In retrospect, I kind of wonder how Finley was so skilled early on when she had no martial arts training. However, Cross is very good at writing an exciting book, so I wasn’t really troubled by that while I was reading it.
I was a little bit frustrated with the romantic aspects, mostly because I found them a little bit overdone and didn’t really see a need for all of those love triangles. I am also not convinced that I would call this novel fully steampunk- there are definitely elements, but they truly seemed confined to the main characters. Overall, it was a fun book, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something light and enjoyable.