So yes the short story was a steampunk story and if you read my review of Leviathan (which you should have already but if not do it now) you know that steampunk is something I love. Its a fairly new genre in fiction and has only had a small following. But making a romance novel with steampunk is pretty much a new form of crack for me.
Okay so here is the lore for these books. This is a quote from Brook's website.
But not too long ago The Iron Duke blew up the control tower that allowed the Horde to control the people of England. But then some one drops a body in his garden and that is where the book begins. I enjoyed the book quite a bit. There were airships and the navy and nanotech and a really well developed plot. There were also zombies which I would have preferred not exist because they creep me out more than words and in this version its nano bugs that cause people to be zombies but they are still a bit transferred kind of infection.
I enjoyed the characters although it felt overly one sided. Very little of the book was written from the duke's point of view but yet there were still portions in his point of view. I think if you choose to do a rotating point of view that it should be more even. I was able to keep up with everything they talk about in the story because I had read the short story before which was a big help. But if I hadn't this review would have been very different. I can never deiced if too much explanation or too little is my pet peeve.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for an interesting and different plot in a romance novel, and some steampunk too.