Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I really liked Alexia. I really liked that she was more into books and learning, than into catching a husband. That rocked my socks. I am not such a HUGE fan of steampunk, there I said it! Soulless had just enough in it to qualify it as such but not enough to make me annoyed. So that is great! When a writer can make you almost forget you dislike a certain genre, then you know they are good at what they do. :)
Alexia and Lord Maccon, are two very fun characters. I enjoyed their gruff arguments and their somewhat steamy tumbles! They make a great team! The relationship doesn't seem forced or just thrown in for good measure. It seems like they both have genuine feelings for each other and that's sooo cute. I loved that Lord Maccon wasn't all "I love you for your beauty"..*gag* He liked her for her wit, her temper, AND for her flaws. *SWOON*
The side characters sparkled and added very well to the story. I loved LOVED flamboyant Lord Akeldama soo soo very much! He brought some fun and laughs to the mix. Definitely a character I wanna find out more about! He just was so fabulous it hurt!
All in all this is a great start to a series, definitely something I will continue to read!