Book Reviews

The Assistant's Contraption by Charles Payseur at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Steampunk / Magic / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 09-January-2023

Book Blurb

Rascan, world-renowned inventor (or so he likes to think), is worried. His normally diligent and obedient assistant Friday has been hiding something from him. Could he really be scheming behind Rascan’s back, preparing to leave and set up shop on his own? There’s only one way to find out -- breaking into Friday’s rooms to find out what he’s been up to!

What he doesn’t expect, though, is that his snooping will activate a new and complex contraption the likes he’s never seen before. It’s a discovery that will fundamentally change his relationship with Friday -- but will it push the two men apart forever, or bring them together in a steamy new partnership?



First edition published by Torquere Press, September 2015.



Book Review

What an interesting interpretation of the exchange of power theme this story turned out to be. With a touch of Steampunk, and some definite magic, watching Rascan the inventor and his assistant Friday battle it out was extremely entertaining – and very hot once they got going.

Calling Rascan “eccentric” is probably the polite way of putting it. He knows what he wants, has some very fixed ideas about his and his assistant's respective roles, and will not let anything interfere in the “orderly” sequence of things. Watching him rant and rave internally as he looks for his late and potentially absent – gasp! – assistant was great fun. And when he enters Friday’s room and begins to wonder what the contraption he finds there might do, I still wasn’t sure what was going on. But then the apparatus comes to life and it all became very clear to me very quickly. It takes Rascan a little longer to figure it out, but that, too, was done well and kept me smiling.

If you like mysterious, magical contraptions, if you enjoy characters who “play” with their relationship, and if you’re looking for a very short, very entertaining read, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 17 pages/4308 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-January-2023
Price $0.99 ebook
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