This was fun but not very much. It’s a regency romance novel with vampires and werewolves and evil steampunk science. It’s a wonderful mishmash of very enjoyable tropes. The love story swept me up, and it’s steamy in the right places. The heroine is a strong woman who doesn’t need a man, but falls in love anyway. It subverts some romance novel conventions, leans into others. I had a great time with this book. I’m probably going to read all the sequels. It is also in no way essential.
If it sounds like your jam you’re going to have a blast. It’s the sort of book I imagine would be very fun to read floating on a lake. I can’t imagine myself rereading this, or even spending a lot of time thinking about it, but it’s a solid romp.