Author: K.C. Wells
Publisher: Island Tales Press
Summary: 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…
46,000 words. A standalone novella of satin and sensuality…
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.
Review: Satin is an evocative word, making one think of smooth, shiny and sleek. It’s an apt simile for this story, beyond the dress fabric in the book. Ross is a female impersonator, not a drag queen, singing old torch songs in a nightclub. Ross’s true vocation though, is ballet. Joel, a cop undercover in the club, is intrigued by “Satin”, Ross’s alter-ego. Joel is in complete denial of his bisexuality, simply because he’s never chosen to act on any male attraction he’s felt, and says he’s straight. “Satin” has been watching him back though and initiates a coffee date. Joel, in spite of his trepidation, accepts.
Told in alternating POV’s, they move from friendship to sex, to a relationship that Joel remains stubbornly blind to. Joel’s characterization felt somewhat weak and I’m not sure why he was written that way. He engages in too much circular, unresolved internal debate, and isn’t shown taking real initiative in resolving the issues that ultimately break him and Ross apart. Ross’s remarks puzzled me at times too, still thinking of Joel as “straight” until late in the story. It takes interventions, both good and bad, from Trish, Joel’s police partner and Helena, Ross’s roommate to finally get Joel to come to his senses. It did end quite splendidly, with a lovely epilogue and a pretty solid HEA. It’s an engaging series of novellas and I will happily continue to follow it!