Maeko is recuperating from her injuries as a ward of Lucien Folesworth. She saved his life and now he feels compelled to save her from a life on the streets, but high society and propriety isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maeko would rather live in poverty on the streets than have to conform to life following all the ridiculous rules as a woman in the ruling wealthy class. Will Maeko stay with Lucien or will something else tear them apart?
I have never read a steampunk series quite like The Clockwork Enterprises. The story is believable and gritty and full of plot and action and interesting characters.
Maeko is a lovable hero who doesn’t stop to think twice, even if her own life is in danger. She is now torn between her feelings for Chaff and the affection Ash feels for her, but she is almost too busy with other problems. Almost.
I loved seeing Em, the surly detective, more in this book.
The story is well put together and though the ending could have been a bit stronger, I’m glad that the third book is already available so I can start reading it immediately.
The steampunk elements were elegantly integrated. Again, like with the first book, McCormack is a genius with world building and writing a good story.