Book Reviews

Satin (A Material World 2) by K.C. Wells at Island Tales Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-November-2017

Book Blurb

Can a touch of Satin bring a straight copper to his knees?

Detective Joel Hunter is on surveillance when he first lays eyes on Satin, the singer with the amazing voice, which is as beautiful as she is. But when the stake-out comes to an end, he can’t resist going back to the bar. He gets a shock when he learns what lies beneath the satin dress, but an even bigger one when he realizes he’s attracted to the owner of that sultry voice - Ross Dauntry.

Ross can’t figure out why the cop keeps coming back, even after he’s learned the truth. Is Joel attracted to him, or to Satin? Because the answer is important, and one way or another, Ross needs to know…

A standalone novella of satin and sensuality...

Author's Note: Although this story is in the same series as Lace, you will not find Dave and Shawn in these pages - Joel and Ross provide enough heat of their own.

Book Review

As sensual as 'Lace' - the first book in this series of standalone books set in the sensual world of various types of fabric – this second volume offers a very different kind of allure. Satin is not just the material at the center of a new romance, it is also the stage name of one of the main characters, a man by the name of Ross who earns his living by performing as a female impersonator. The central question at the heart of this tale is whether a relationship initially built on appearances can withstand the challenges of the real world. I loved the author’s answer as much as the sensuality oozing from the pages of this story.

Joel is a cop who loves his work, but his personal life is practically nonexistent. Oh, he keeps going out with women now and then, keeps trying, but nothing seems to work. His work partner keeps telling him he might want to try going out with a man, but Joel is straight - at least that is what he keeps telling himself. Then he sees Satin onstage during a stakeout and is instantly attracted to her – only to find out she is a man in everyday life… well, let me just say Joel has a lot to deal with in the honesty-with-himself department after that revelation. And he seems to take forever, with lots of missteps that really hurt Ross. It made me shake my head at Joel more than once, but it is a pretty major step for him to admit his sexuality is different from what he had always assumed – and Joel is not exactly the touchy-feely type to begin with!

Ross is a singer with a lot of talent, and even though he impersonates a woman onstage, he is not a drag queen. It was interesting to learn about the differences he makes between the two through the “education” he gives Joel as they get to know each other. Ross and Joel click quickly, but Ross keeps wondering if it is his stage persona or his “real self” that Joel is truly interested in. Or, indeed, if Joel is interested in a real relationship with a man at all… Ross is training hard to become a ballet dancer, and those scenes where Joel watches him practice were smoking hot! That physicality probably does as much as their friendship to bring them closer together, and I truly enjoyed that part.

If you like stories with characters who have to figure out the truth about themselves and their relationship as they move from friends to more, if you want to read about two men with lots of chemistry and even more self-doubts, and if you’re looking for a sensual tale with lots of passion and heat, then you will probably like this short novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 230 pages/46000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-July-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.99 paperback
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