Rating: 4.75 stars
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Joel Hunter is a detective inspector working a case undercover at a nightclub. There he’s captivated by one of the performers, Satin, a slim and beautiful torch-song singer. When the case ends, Joel finds he has to go back to see Satin perform again. He finds her that attractive. Only, on this night, Satin joins Joel at his table in the front and reveals his true identity as Ross Dauntry, a female impersonator by trade, and a ballet dancer by training.
Ross had seen the officer in the club for several nights. He’s sure the sexy man is straight, but he can’t help his attraction. Ross always falls for the wrong man. But, Joel accepts his invitation to breakfast, and the two men hit it off while they dine. Joel can’t hide his attraction to both Ross and Satin–he’s been attracted to men before, but now he’s interested enough to act on it.
I loved the interplay between Joel and Ross/Satin. He has an undeniable interest in both, and Ross is excited to meet a man who doesn’t disparage his talent as a female impersonator, or think his aspirations in ballet are effeminate. They make a good pair, but neither is prepared for how intense this becomes in such a short period, and Joel is still unsure of their status. Friends? Lovers? Should he come out?
As with many stories of people in transition, in this case Joel and his sexuality, there will be missteps that lead to heartbreak. And that’s true here, for a bit. The sexytimes are smoking, and Joel handily adapts to a carnal relationship with Ross. The story isn’t earth-shattering on the action, but the emotions are right at the surface and it’s easy to connect to both of the main characters.
There are some awesome side characters here, strong women who bolster these men, and that was fun to see. It’s the second book in a series, but completely enjoyable on its own. I chose it for Self Published Book Week, because I’ve read some K.C. Wells books before, and I know she’s a strong author. Sometimes I’ve been disappointed by novice attempts at authorship, but I KNEW I’d have a great love story when I chose this one. I’m looking forward to more in this Material World series and definitely recommend this story.
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This sounds interesting, Veronica, so thanks for the review. I see I have a different work by K.C. Wells on my Kindle. I think I’ll read that first and see how I like the author’s writing.
Thanks for the review. The title of this book and cover put me off before from exploring this book further. I’m not a fan of men wearing panties. Seeing as it’s not really about that, I’ll definitely be looking more closely at this book.
There’s definitely some manties in the mix, here. I kinda like it, myself…so it didn’t bother me a bit.
KC Wells is a hit-and-miss author for me. So I’m going to be a little careful with her titles. Thanks for the review.
This is a interesting blurb and review. I have a question though for clarification before I possibly pick it up…
Is Ross a cis man who just enjoys impersonating women, or is he trans/is Satin who he truly feels he is?
Ross is cis-gay, but impersonates a woman for singing engagements. He dresses as a woman for those gigs, but he’s very much intact as a male. And, he likes satin a lot. He doesn’t cross-dress as a norm, but he passes as a woman when he does. I hope that makes things clearer.
Thanks for your review, this sounds interesting!
I read the first book in this series, but I hven’t read this on yet. This is an author I like so it’s on the TBR pile.
I have read and loved books by K.C. Wells One of my favorites is “First” talk about opposite attracts 😉 and i did read “Lace” wich is the first one in the Material world serie and i enjoyed it, so i already have this book on my wishlist but your review confirmed that i really want to read it. Thank you.
I also loved FIRST, and I’m totally intrigued by LACE. It’s on my TBR!
I haven’t read a book by K.C. Wells but I heard an interview and meant to put her books on my TBR.
I’ve got a lot of KC Wells books sitting on my TBR pile waiting to get read and am trying hard not to buy these (made easier that I can’t get them outside ku yet 😉 ) but I have wanted to read the series since it came out and will be when/if she takes them wide
Sounds great. I have a fairly short KC Wells book on my reader (absolutely have no idea where it came from but I think it was probably a freebie) that I can read to see if I like the style, but I really think I’ll like this one.
This one is on my wishlist. I’ve been meaning to give it a read. Thank you for the review =)
I hope you enjoy it!
The characters all sound really compelling!
I’m very interested in reading this story. Thank you for your review.
Great review, Veronica. I really enjoy KC’s books, so this was already in my TBR list…
Although you’ve reviewed it well, and there’s some things I’d be interested in here, I’m afraid this author has been more of a miss for me than a hit. I don’t think our particular combination of authorship and readership mesh, so I’ll skip this one, but you definitely made it sound great, and I’m glad it was such a hit for you!
Thanks, Veronica, for the good review. I like KC, and this is a possibility. I’m interested in learning more about the trans community, but have the same question as Sarah. It sound like Ross is transitioning, but I wasn’t sure if the book deals with these issues realistically.
Not transitioning. Ross is cis-gay, and happy that way.
I’ve read some of KC Wells older books but I didn’t like her writing style. I’m not sure if I should try this one. But your review made this book really interesting 🙂
Thanks for the review. I love this series! And this is my favorite, I can’t wait for the author to release book 3.
I’m interest to read on–and pick up LACE.
Just to clarify–Joel is transitioning from “straight” to “bisexual” in this book. Ross is cis-gay, but works as a female impersonator, and loves the way satin feels on his skin. He’s not going to transition into anything but a ballet dancer. Hope that all makes sense… O.o