When we last saw Finley Jane and her crew, Jasper had just been hauled off to the United States to stand trial for murder. Finley, Griffin, Sam, and Emily take off after him. What they find is a diabolical gangster holding Jasper’s lover hostage with a clockwork collar that tightens about her neck. Now Finley and her friends have to fight to clear Jasper’s name and extract him from the sticky situation.
There are things that I liked about this book. I should establish that Finley and Emily are great characters; they’re both smart and incredibly skillful at what they do. I also enjoyed some of the setting, for which I think Cross put in some solid research, and it really showed. But Finley, Emily, and most of the other girl characters were the best parts of the book.
I will say that overall I was mostly “eh” about this book. It wasn’t as exciting as The Girl in the Steel Corset, and, while I read it quickly, I wasn’t as engrossed as I was in the first book. I was rather bothered by the writing style, which I found less troublesome in The Girl in the Steel Corset. There was way too much inner dialogue and angst. I’m also rather sick of love triangles being based on physical appearance alone, and the guys are a bit too shallow for me to really buy the story. So, if you’ve read the first book, I”m not sure it’s worth reading the sequel, but I can see younger audiences having fun with it.