Autosmith Clement Dyer wants to create his life-like, mechanical animals in peace. He's tired of being badgered about selling his business to his long-time rival and former lover, Duke Goodwin. He also craves appreciation for his living works of art.
Unfortunately, not all of Clement's clients see his clockwork creations the way he does, and a prominent but dissatisfied customer threatens to sink his struggling business into the ground.
Author's Note: this book was originally published in 2016. This independently published edition contains no additional content.
Cooper’s short tale draws readers into a charming steampunk world with heart and personality. Clement Dyer is an autosmith, manufacturing automatic animals for an elite clientele. When one of his customers is unsatisfied with his work, his livelihood is threatened. While he frets over the possibility of losing his job and starting afresh, his competitor and ex-lover, Duke Goodwin, taunts him. He thinks Duke is up to no good, but the lingering heat between them hints at other possibilities. In a brief space, Cooper captures the passion Clement has for his work, and the intricacies of the world in which he lives. The romance comes across clearly and never feels trite. Cooper’s writing is suffused with atmosphere, and fantasy and steampunk readers will find it very enjoyable. (BookLife)