While there were steampunk elements to this book, they were much more subtle than I was expecting. What I loved about this book was the quirkiness. Take the typical paranormal romance/urban fantasy novel and place it within the victorian construct and you have "Soulless". It just made me smile. I love the characters. Alexis and Lord Maccon are so much fun, but the supporting characters add so much to the story as well. Lyall, Ivy, Lord Akeldama - thoroughly charming!