I am not sure what to say about this book. Let me think here for a second...
So. Hmmm... OK. Ugh....
I have no idea why it is even mentioned, to tell you the truth, unless it's relevant somewhere down the line in book 5. I just don't see it playing a significant role in incubus-turned-dirt-poor-rentboy setup in the near future. There are no superpowers. There is not a sniff of something dark or magical in the air. Any talented and eager rentboy with years of experience on top of it should know how to satisfy and manipulate clients.
I do like and read historicals/classics. But still I managed to get tangled in pinks, flats, culls and what have you.
There are no references to the historical period, except for the opening sentence. There is no (paranormal) world building. MC's world is tight. So tight, in fact, I feel claustrophobic. This whole affair could be happening on Alpha Centauri 1649 years from now it's so bland where the environment is concerned.
The story turned around close to the middle and allowed for interesting developing which I did not anticipate at all. A star for that.
However, I don't believe I will be continuing this series. Unless I am in dire need of a super quick read.
2 stars for the first 40-50%, 4 for the rest of it.