Okay, So I must confess, when I started reading this book, I though I was reading an entirely different novel. I was going through of books that I had saved in a 'to-read' list, which I had sorted about genre. Some how this one made it into my m-m steampunk section.
However, after my initial surprise at this not being an m-m romance, but a m-f romance, I very quickly enjoyed myself. The novel is a really high quality book, that I do not regret reading, nor buying. I will definitely be re-reading this in the future.
The world-building was amazing. Perfect. A clear, solid picture was painted, details given, and things made sense. I love steampunk, so to read a steampunk novel with good world building always make me smile.
The characters are great. I loved Mina. She is a good, strong female lead, who is not afraid to do what she needs to. She can save herself when she gets into a pinch, but she is also vulnerable, and has very valid fears. She is a well rounded, believable character.
I enjoyed the Iron Duke's character. He is resourceful, and intelligent. I was not overly fond of his (in my opinion) slightly possessive nature. (His constant referral to Mina as 'his' and when he literally calls her his possession), however, this is just something that irritates me personally.
I enjoyed the romance. It developed realistically, at a good pace. No insta-love, only insta-lust, which I don't mind as long as it develops into something deeper. The romance was balanced well with the action and drama of the book. It was not the only focus.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to any steampunk fan.