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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 seAlone 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....

Title : Kid Gloves
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ISBN : 9781627981552
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Kid Gloves Reviews

  • Julio Genao
    2019-01-29 02:54

    a bit plotless, but nice enough.a touch of gentle head-hopping here and there, and a clumsy bit of epistolary nothing towards the end—but some very nice passages and a happily ever et cetera.felt like pieces of different novels, or of one where the author is lurching about trying to figure out what she wants to such, i never felt more than a passing connection to any of it, leaving aside the lingerie fetish, which was rather more solidly Not My Kink.

  • Heller
    2019-02-03 23:41

    3.75A novella set in an AU steampunk England. Dalton is a craftsman who makes prosthetics both standard and bespoke. The bespoke ones are specialized in a way that they begin to react with the person's biology and act as a true limb. Finn is a soldier who had his hand surgically removed after an accident and comes to see Dalton to get a bespoke piece. The men begin an affair during the time Finn needs to learn how to reuse his new hand before returning to the front lines. This was a surprising story for me. Very richly detailed in world-building and in characterization. There's a kink here that I wasn't expecting either that completely fit Dalton. Perfect. Once the connection between the MCs was made this story was tremendously romantic with a nice added twist of angst when Finn returns to the fighting. If I had a quibble it would be (view spoiler)[in regards to the beginning of the affair. I totally understood Dalton's attraction to Finn but it only wasn't until later that Finn's attraction to Dalton made sense to me. Although with Finn being a virgin the awkwardness of how their affair initiated was understandable but it didn't quite work as much as I wished. (hide spoiler)]If you're looking for an AU MM story pick this one up. The steampunk angle is great spin and one I've seldom read. Wonderfully written and the amount of detail in both the characters and the world is pretty impressive given the length.

  • Macky
    2019-02-19 02:50

    I found this steampunk novella a quietly compelling read. Set in an alternative Victorian reality, it was atmospheric, sexy and erotic in a gentle way... if that makes sense. It felt slightly magical. Like the toy maker and his workshop in the old fairy stories, only this craftsman is making living prosthetics out of metal and leather and the day that soldier Finn walks into Dalton's shop to get a hand made for him, is a day that will change his life in more ways than he knows. I loved the little bit of Kink that Anna throws in around Dalton because it suits the story beautifully. In fact it added to the quirkiness of the whole book. I thought it was enchanting, charming , sweet and sensual. Nicely done Ms Martin, I'll be visiting Dalton and Finn again.

  • Vio
    2019-01-30 23:07

    4.35 stars

  • Ami
    2019-02-18 03:57

    3.5 starsThis novella was quite lovely. Finn was sweet and had that ‘ingénue’ flair in him while Dalton had more experience and confidence. What I found interesting later on was a slight switch in role reversal: Dalton became the quite mellow one when Finn left for his duty in the army and Finn became that strong one. The letters that they wrote back and forth was sweet. I loved the language – so polite and romantic at the same time. People are missing the art of writing letters these days.Set in a Steampunk England era, it also offered a quite intriguing alternate universe. I loved the sophisticated descriptions of Dalton’s occupation, the explanation about making prosthetics and how it works.The kink was also a nice surprise. I definitely didn’t see that coming. It added something fresh to it.It wasn’t a 4-stars read due to teeny tiny things: while lovely, the letters sort of disrupt the pace of the story for me. It felt like filler in an already short story. In addition, while Finn and Dalton was a nice couple, they lacked ‘punch’ that made me felt connected or caring for them.

  • Tina
    2019-01-30 00:44

    Kid Gloves is a novella set in a steampunk London. After an accident the soldier Finn has his hand amputated. The field surgeon sends him to Dalton, a craftman who seemingly works miracles. Dalton is able to create a mechanical hand that attaches itself to the nerve endings. Now Finn must relearn how to use his hand…Dalton begins to see how very lonely he is and how much he is missing the company of others. He takes Finn under his wing and shows him what being with another man means.The world-building is detailed and powerful, the characters are loveable. Despite the short length it’s an intense romance with a satisfying happy ending. :)

  • Lily
    2019-02-02 03:02

    4 solid stars. Very detailed and intricate world-building, two quite different protagonists who needed someone to complete their life, good characterisations despite the shorter length, a sweet yet intense romance and a satisfying happy ending. Overall, a skilfully written story that I wished could be longer.

  • Bookwatcher
    2019-02-20 00:44

    Before the review, let me say because of my poor English I will use also images, but to respect who hate it, all will be inside spoilers. It's not spoilers, meaning I will tell something that can ruin your fun, just images, to better explain somethings...The storyIn a Victorian London a man can make dreams come true... give mechanic limbs to who search his help. His name is Dalton.A desperate soldier, Finn, need his hand back. He fight with an unusual weapon, war bow. How can he be the man he was, without his high hand? Yes, he need someone... like Dalton.. someone able to give his hands back(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]The main charactersLet me start talking about the easier one, Finn.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Ok, that's it :DCan't say more... he is from Roman descended and... well a soldier. He don't know he will get much more than just Dalton's hand... he will have also his heart.and now... I must talk about Dalton(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]Again, there is little or almost nothing I can tell about him. He is complex, a mix between a mad scientist and the most brilliant man of London. He is also... the most lonely. His live is his amazing inventions, and his heart is in his work.Both men desperately need each other and they can have it? Can a soldier, be at just one place, in the name of love? Can a scientist find a place in his live and heart to someone alive, not one of his machines?Good questions... good questions indeed...What I most like in this book?Everything.The sex are not sex... but love scenesThe routine is not routine... but lover's sharing a liveTo a steampunk I was amazed by all the... surprisesand NO I will not say what it is... I can show one image... JUST one image... if you want click and see... it's... incredible HOT!(view spoiler)[yeah... one of them (I WILL NOT SAY WHO :D ) has... a fetish for corset (hide spoiler)]I can't give less than 5 stars... for a short story, it's incredible complex and romanyic, and I loved it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
    2019-02-22 02:06

    4 StarsA "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" ReviewFinn’s hand was amputated after an accident. He’s an ex soldier with every intention of returning to the military once he gets his prosthetic hand. He’s assured that if he goes to the address given to him the man there can help him. He finds the smaller eccentric man with long blond hair crouching over his work in his shop. Dalton is his name and he says he can in fact create a mechanical hand for Finn. Dalton stays up all night to make it because Finn seems to be impatient for it but he informs Finn he will have to teach him to use it. It’s not long before both men realize they have a connection. Dalton is Finn’s first foray into sex and Finn can’t get enough. They end up spending day and night together and falling for each other but Finn has 6 more months on his contract. The little bubble they’re living in is tested when Finn goes away.I liked this. It had a steampunky vibe with a kink. Dalton likes to wear corsets and thigh highs. Pretty things underneath his clothes that make him feel sexy. Finn was so inexperienced in the sex department but also so open to enjoying every minute of it. The love letters were brave for the time this is set in and beautiful. I thought this was a sweet and unique short romance worth reading.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-26 21:45

    3.5-3.75ish rounded up.Kid Gloves tells the story of a man who travels to London, broken and seeking a mechanical sort of magic to repair a hand he'd lost when away at war. What he finds in the little, quaint shop is far more than a new, marvelous limb. He learns what it is to love, and to care, and to appreciate even the most unconventional of inventions.Anna Martin does a nice job of balancing eloquent words and not weighing down the book too much for the reader. It's a nice, simple read, and in short it was lovely.What was missing for me was more world building. There were just small areas when I felt more detail could've really brought a new life to the book, made it practically living. Additionally, I unfortunately didn't feel the passion in the letters, as I'm sure I was intended to, and (view spoiler)[their reunion (hide spoiler)] fell flat for me.All together though, it was a nice book. I think it'd be great for someone who is just dabbling into more of a steampunk or historical edge, without the full immersion that some stories could provide.

  • Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
    2019-02-06 00:41

    3 1/2 - 4 HeartsReview written for MM Good Book ReviewsDalton and Finn meet when Finn visits Dalton's shop for a mechanical hand to replace the one he lost during a battlefield accident. Dalton makes living prosthetics that react to the nerves in the remaining limb, while he creates a hand for Finn they become lovers. Finn still has time left to serve in the military but he swears he will be back.This is a sweet story that brings two men together and brings love their way. Finn lost his hand in an accident and has traveled to Dalton's shop on the recommendation of a friend, getting a new hand that works is all he wants so he can go back to fighting in the war. Dalton is a bit of a social pariah he creates limbs that can move as though the limb was never lost, when Finn walks through his door he quickly becomes enamored with the young man. Finn has never had a relationship with a man but Dalton introduces him to the delights of male love, but it is also Dalton's kink that appeals to him. This story is quite sweet with Finn being the innocent introduced to male love and Dalton falling for the soldier and his love of women's stockings. The relationship develops from a slight attraction between them with Dalton using their passion for each other as a way for Finn to fine tune his new hands movements, they fall for each other quickly and when Finn returns to war they exchange risque letters (for the time) that could get them in trouble if discovered. The steampunk aspect of the story fascinated me with the explanation of existing nerves working with the magnetic points of the prosthetics, the way that Finn is surprised that he still has feeling in the hand and the way that, with patience and practice, the hand will work like the real thing. I did enjoy this story and thought that Dalton and Finn made a fine couple, they seemed to both share the same type of need for someone else and they were very indulgent in their kink which was kinda sexy. Their coming together came suddenly after Finn discovers Dalton's secret kink, because although you had an idea that Dalton was attracted to Finn you don't really get that feeling from Finn at first. Their letters to each other made their feelings plain for each other and you pray that nothing will happen that stops Finn from returning to Dalton.I recommend this to those who love historical steampunk, first time love, slight kink, and a sweet story with a sexy ending.

  • Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
    2019-01-27 02:11

    This review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.3.5 starsWhen Finn loses his hand in an injury, he rides all the way to London to find Dalton, who makes living prosthetics, to be fitted for a new one. Unfortunately, with his new limb, he has to learn how to use it. While Finn gets used to having metal as his new hand, him and Dalton get close, much closer than either of them anticipated. However, Finn still has six months left of service, will the connection Dalton and Finn developed be enough to go through such a long separation?This is a quiet story in that while it explores Dalton and Finn getting to know each other, there is no angst. It’s more sweet and lovely than anything else and that’s what I liked about it. It’s a quick read that touches on some kinkiness but also on the intriguing aspect of Dalton’s job. I loved reading about Dalton’s work, how he creates his mechanical limbs, how they become ‘living’ and so on. It was just fascinating for me.I really enjoyed these characters. Finn is a strong, slightly naive and innocent young man who is hesitant at first with his attraction to Dalton but then fully embraces it quickly. Dalton is different in that he’s more experienced, mature and confident than Finn. I loved that Dalton took Finn under his wing, so to speak, and showed him what being with another man meant. I loved how they were so cozy together, comfortable and loving.I think my biggest problem with the story is that it dragged about halfway. Beyond that, there was just something missing from it that I can’t really pinpoint. It’s hard for me to explain but there was something lacking that hindered my ability to really connect with the story.In the end, I liked the book. It was intriguing and I loved the uniqueness of Dalton’s job. I also enjoyed the letters between them while Finn was away. I hope we get to see more of these two in the future because I’d love to see how they handle actually being together. Definitely recommended for those looking for something sweet and quick with no angst.

  • Anna Martin
    2019-02-02 04:47

    I wouldn't normally write an 'author review', however, Kid Gloves is not a normal book. There's really no way of giving the reader much information about the finer details of the story before they read it - a blurb is supposed to entice them in, not warn them off.So. If you would like spoilers, please see below.(view spoiler)[ cross dressing: men in corsets and stockings, an older/younger teacher dynamic, dreadlocks, ceremonial tattoos, first time, gratuitous misuse of historical settings, strange interludes, sexual role reversal, sex.(hide spoiler)]Also, it's a novella.Hope you enjoy.- Anna xx

  • Sammy Goode
    2019-01-31 04:53

    Review: I don't care for steampunk, it's true. I, in fact, never read it. Oh I have, when pressed. I have picked up the occasional steampunk novel but always with great reluctance and the idea percolating in the back of my mind that I surely am not going to care for this genre. Anna Martin changed all that--made me, a liar. I loved this steampunk novella. Absolutely loved it! Kid Gloves by Anna Martin explores the lives of two men who live on the margins of life. Men who prefer solitude and being alone to any other type of existence. They dismiss their loneliness by assuring themselves that they don't need another person to fulfill them. Finn is fresh from the battlefield, having had his hand amputated after falling from his horse and enduring the pain of the horses hoof crushing the bones in his hand. His only desire is to return to that same place where he can once again be a lone bowman taking out the enemy in quiet stealth. The field surgeon has sent him to Dalton, a strange man who works miracles that defy logic. Dalton is somehow able to create a mechanical hand that actually attaches itself to the severed nerve endings in Finn's wrist. Now Finn must relearn how to use his hand, arm and fire his bow and become the strong soldier he was before the accident that took his limb.Dalton has lived apart from society for quite a long time. Having had various lovers that each taught him more about his craft, he now quietly embraces a celibate life, helping those poor souls who are broken. From simple things like a mechanical knee to the more mystical creation of the hand he produces for Finn, Dalton remains an enigma to those around him. When Finn crosses his path, Dalton begins to see how very lonely he has been and how much he has removed himself from the company of others. These two men reach out to each other from the silent confines of their own desperation and forge a friendship that moves steadily toward love. But Finn has never known what it is to be with a man before, and Dalton hides secrets beneath his rough outer clothing that will shock and arouse Finn more than he can imagine.I think that author Anna Martin has such incredible skill in creating characters that are both flawed and poignant. This was a delicate story. A love story that seemed to whisper across the pages yet was so moving and beautiful it left a lasting impression. When FInn had to return to the battle, the author opted to grow the love aspect between the two men through their letters to one another. With such simple things as how they began to address each other as "my Finn" and "Your Dalton" we were drawn into their ever increasing need for each other. It was so cleverly done--so beautifully written. I found myself just swept along in this carefully paced novella. Never rushed, unfolding with simple grace, the tale wove its way into your heart, and you fell in love with these two men.Kid Gloves by Anna Martin is a love song. Its melody is pure and sweet. I highly recommend it to you.

  • GayListBookReviews
    2019-02-16 02:44

    B+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 NinaTo see more of this review and others like it please visit us at Gay List Book Reviews at

  • ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
    2019-02-21 23:07

    ★★★☆☆½ ~ 3.5 StarsA quiet, gentle love story that begins when Finn visits Dalton for a new hand that he has lost in action. You see, Finn is an archer and needs a hand. Dalton is a lonely, almost a mad scientist in his quest to make prosthetics for every budget from 'off-the-rack' to a custom-made hand for Finn.They slowly get closer and it makes sense for Finn to move in with Dalton while he is recuperating and training his new hand and somewhere along the way, they find they're very attracted to each other, while Dalton has been with men in the past, Finn has not. Finn discovers and accepts without question, a special secret about Dalton that it pretty hot.I loved the letters they wrote to each other, each one deepening the connection they felt for each other. Lovely read.

  • blub
    2019-01-31 03:02

    Dalton and Finn were an interesting pair. They were fun to learn about and I liked the way the chemistry built between the two. I have to say it was entertaining to know that Finn liked to wear a corset and (garter) stockings...can you imagine lean muscular legs being showcased in stockings I know I can >.< just in case you can't, here's a pic:

  • Suze
    2019-02-02 05:52

    3.5*A light steampunk style AU story about Dalton who makes either custom or standard prostethics and Finn who comes to Dalton to get a new hand.It is a gentle tale of a gradual friendship and relationship.It kind of ends at the beginning proper of their relationship so that leaves a bit of a grumpy face feeling but I did like the overall story.

  • V
    2019-02-19 21:45

    4.5 stars Usually I don't read Historical/ Steampunk books, they are not really my favourite setting for a story.But, I decided to read this one and to my surprise I really like it, more so than many other readers.It was very sweet, and I'm very satisfy with the ending.

  • Ambre
    2019-01-26 03:56

    This is a sweet and competently executed steampunk romance. I didn't engage deeply with it... A combination of slow pacing and women's underwear kept the characters a bit dull and slightly unappealing.

  • Meggie
    2019-02-20 06:01

    This story is a fine, easy romance between Finn, an elite army marksman who lost his hand, and Dalton, who is a maker of living prosthetics. Overall their romance isn't specially long but good enough.

  • Sara
    2019-02-07 02:03

    kindle edition.Awesome little morsel of steampunk-y m/m goodness. And one of the main character is full of surprises as far as his skill and fashion sense and overall sense of self. Adored it and am in the process of checking out more by this author.

  • Scarlett
    2019-02-15 00:10

    Lovely sweet story. Nothing too angsty, and it's paced just right. The story of how a bio-mechanical hand brought two people together, it a wonderful steampunk setting. I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice uncomplicated read right when I was in the mood for just that!

  • k reads
    2019-02-22 03:00

    It was fine and I liked the premise but I felt kinda meh about the romance. It never hooked me in.

  • Erica Alex
    2019-02-21 05:11

    Such a sweet, sexy m/m fix. I loved this little book from start to finish. Pleasant mix of steampunk, lace, and gentlemen.

  • Yvette
    2019-02-16 04:07

    Cute tale of a soldier who lost his hand and meets a man who can help him and they start a relationship while he is learning to work his new hand.

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  • Deeze
    2019-02-17 03:42

    2.5A unusual story but lacks any real depth for me.I enjoyed the story but felt no real emotion throughout. No depth to either character for me to really get involved with.

  • Dennie
    2019-02-15 23:59

    Took me forever to finish this. No reason why but I just couldn't get into it.

  • Karen
    2019-02-17 00:02

    3.5 stars