I just re-read this one also to prepare for #3, and I'm actually a little surprised that I still don't like it as much as the first.
It was especially fun in this book to not only have the regency costumes, but since it was set on Englor, the London-clone to actually have the regency places like Gentleman Jackson's, and White's be mentioned. Made it even more fascinating to be suddenly reminded through things like ID chips in shoulders that this is in the future and not the past.
I think what keeps me from being able to rate this higher is Simon. I keep wanting to like him, and I just can't. His treatment of Percy all along is so off-putting to me that this time through I was actually wishing Percy really WOULD leave him.
Isn't personal taste fascinating?