Silken (Lily G’s Review)

Title: Silken
Author: Isobel Starling and Gomez Pugh (Narrator)
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: August 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5


Matthew Fisher loved being a dancer, but his 10-year ballet career came to an abrupt end with a knee injury. He had to find a new way to make a living, and luckily, his sister was friends with Annabelle Ramsay-Aiken, only daughter of property magnate Sir James Aiken. She arranged an interview, and six months on the job training saw Matthew stepping out as a real estate agent for Aiken Luxury Lettings. Now, instead of stretching at the barre, Matthew spends his days inspecting the vacant London homes of their rich and famous clients.

Losing his dance career had left a huge hole in Matthew’s heart, and to fill it Matthew began a Tumblr blog dedicated to his fetish for wearing lingerie. He wanted to give his followers the impression he lived a charmed life, so decided to use A.L.L properties as locations for erotic photo shoots.

One of his online followers presses all of Matthew’s buttons, and a long distance, online Dom/sub relationship develops between them. But when the relationship suddenly moves from online fantasy to real life… can Matthew really submit?

Please Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of gay sex, BDSM, and cross-dressing.

The blurb provides the background to the plot and characters of this very enjoyable erotic tale.

We first meet Matthew/Silken when he stages explicit photos and videos for his online Dom while inspecting a vacant luxurious property. Little does he know he is being observed and is about to meet the Dom in real life. Yes, it’s a little too convenient and not likely to happen in real life, but this is fiction and, if you suspend your belief here, it works well. They’d developed a relationship online over the previous six months, and now in real life, not only do they get to fulfil their D/s desires, but they also find romance.

The erotic scenes with Matthew cross-dressing in sexy lingerie and the BDSM elements with Austin were sensually written. I  like Isobel’s narrative writing style with its descriptive elements. although I find the occasional head-hopping distracting as it draws me out of the point of view character’s perspective.

I liked how the character of James Aiken from the Shatterproof Bond series was tied in to this story (not literally!).

I adore Gomez Pugh’s work. His narration of this story was clear and very steady. It perfectly suited the nature of the story. His voice for Austin/Jack was gruff and sexy and matched the age of the character. Matthew/Silken was given rather a posh British accent.

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Review Copy

Audio copy of Silken provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men's feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.