Despite using a well-worn trope--the lady fallen on hard times just trying to feed her siblings and the rouge with a heart of gold who saves her--I enjoyed the book. It was perfect to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
The world building was interesting, but not much deeper than a wallpaper backdrop for the romance. It would have been nice to see a little more depth in the world, but I've mostly stopped expecting this in a PNR.
Calling it steampunk is a bit of a stretch. Sure there were some clockwork toys and some mechanical soldiers, but most of the details were glossed over. It's like gluing a gear on some random object and calling it steampunk. Sort of, but not really.