Jonathan is sent to the Galapagos Islands to do field work by the Dean of his university. He thinks this trip might be a new start to getting his life back. He finds himself stranded on a deserted island in the company of Marcus, a mysterious American inventor. Marcus is able to replace his mechanical arm making it better than the one he had before.
Jonathan is attracted to Marcus, but he doesn't know what to do about it. This brilliant man is a wonder with mechanical things. When the supply ship makes it's stop on their island will Jonathan stay with Marcus or will he continue with his journey giving up the love of his life?
The Island of Icarus is a cross between steampunk and castaway. It was a good storyline I enjoyed it quite a bit. The exploration of the attraction between Jonathan and Marcus was tender and steamy at the same time it made a good addition to the steampunk storyline. This is a great book for those who want to explore the emerging genre of Steampunk Romance. I enjoyed this story a lot and I recommend this one to those who want to read something different in the gay romance theme.
Field Journal of Jonathan Orms, 1893
En route to polite exile in the Galapagos Islands (field work, to quote the dean of my university), I have found myself marooned on a deserted tropical paradise. Deserted, that is, except for my savior, a mysterious American called Marcus. He is an inventor—and the proof of his greatness is the marvelous new clockwork arm he has created to replace the unsightly one that was ruined in my shipboard mishap.
Marcus has a truly brilliant mind and the gentlest hands, which cause me to quiver in an unfamiliar but rather pleasant way. Surely it is only my craving for human companionship that draws me to this man, nothing more? He says a ship will pass this way in a few months, but I am welcome to stay as long as I like. The thought of leaving Marcus becomes more untenable with each passing day, though staying would be fatal to my career...