Title: Kid Gloves
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 96 pages
Blurb: Alone in his East London shop, a man known only as Dalton makes living prosthetics: bionic, mechanical limbs, from leather, metal, and magic. It’s to this little corner of the capital that Finn Croucher, an elite army marksman, travels after an accident leads to his hand being amputated.
While Dalton fashions Finn’s new hand and teaches him how to use it, he reveals some secrets long hidden, and he and Finn become lovers. But Finn must return to duty, and a string of letters becomes his only connection to the love he left in London.
Review: A beautiful story. Steampunk, romance, war and poetic writing. A journey of self discovery, life choices and falling in love.
One of the things that I always enjoy about steampunk is that it is a creation of a unique world. The author did a great job creating this world full of old, new and fantastic. The way that the technology that Dalton uses is magical while using metal and leather and fire was well done.
Dalton was like nothing that Finn had every seen and he quickly becomes a mystery that Finn can’t resist exploring. I loved their gentleness with each other. How understanding and patient Dalton was with the young Finn. How important Dalton’s happiness and pleasure was to Finn. I enjoyed getting to know these men.
They are delicious together and there is an almost languid quality combined with the passion and lust to many of their encounters that spoke of an ability to survive the tests of time.
The men’s transition from strangers to friends and lovers to so much more was sweet and tender. I loved how they were together and watching their love develop and grow. I enjoyed the freedom that the letters gave them to express some of the things that I think they would have had a hard time saying face to face. I could feel the slow build of yearning to be together again and it lent credence to their happy ending.
As always for me with stories that I loved that are of a short length, I want more. The story was complete and while everything had to happen at a faster pace than would normally occur it was all well written and plausible, I just wished that I had been given more of them. Maybe there will be more to their story. Maybe we will get to see them again. I know I would happily buy that book.
Reviewed by Nina