Well i must admit i've not quite finished this book, but am only around 10% from doing so and have enjoyed the story thus far.
Although a little slower paced than most books in this genre, it's not boring and there's enough good character interaction and events happening to keep you interested (despite those interactions and events being less action-packed than some might have expected). I also took into account that this is the first in the series and thus probably has to explain more so as to be introductory. I can't say this is the best book i've read, its not, but its far from the worst.
Part of what attracted me to this series is that its not a contemporary setting - and there are certainly not enough supernatural/romance novels that are not contemporary of late. The way the writer presents the era is also straight forward and not likely to confuse anyone - i've little knowledge of the era but found very few references that made me pause and think. Yet for that, the atmosphere and character behaviours still reflect the times, and to me at least, made it all that more interesting to read.
I enjoyed it but as I said, it is slow at times. A nice read for a quiet afternoon. I shall be getting the sequels once my pay check arrives :)