Title: The Making of Matt
Series: Souls of the Knight
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Matt Carter, self-proclaimed sex-god and drummer for world renowned Souls of the Knight, didn’t have the time or inclination for planning his future, preferring to fill his days with music, women and alcohol. He didn’t want or need anything else in his life.
Until the band parted ways and he found himself no longer living the dream.
Bored and lonely, with too much time and money on his hands, Matt turns to his best friend, Alex Clark, to help devise a new direction to take his life in. Together, they embrace their newfound venture, as owner and manager of one of L.A.’s hottest gay clubs – Kaleidoscope. For the first time, Matt has a plan. He knows where life is heading.
Until a devastating phone call turns his whole world upside down, sending him straight into the comforting arms of his best friend and leading him to doubt everything he’s ever known or believed about himself.
Alex had always been content with his unrequited feelings for his rockstar friend, but as Matt starts to question if he might actually feel the same, he runs as fast as his feet will allow.
Has Matt gone too far? Has his reputation as an irresponsible womanizer who refuses to take life seriously, finally managed to push his best friend away for good?
Or is Alex hiding secrets of his own?
“Matt, are you telling me you think you’re in love with Alex?”
“No! Yeah…fuck I don’t know. I can’t be, right?”
“If you’d asked me an hour ago I’d have said ‘don’t be so fucking ridiculous’, but after listening to you, fuck I really don’t know. Answer me this, you said he touched your dick and you freaked. Why, if you kissed him first?”
“Because I almost came right there in my fucking sweatpants and it scared the shit outta me. It made me question everything I’ve ever known. I mean come on, you can’t just turn gay, right?”
Just saying it out loud sounded fucking ludicrous.
“You’ve lived an extraordinary life, Matt. Maybe it’s something that’s always been there but never had an opportunity to come out.”
“I’ve met plenty of guys, Saw. Never once have I been attracted to a single one of ‘em.”
“Have you ever had your dick out of a woman long enough to actually get to know a guy before though?”
“Touché.” I laughed, not just at Sawyer’s comment but at the whole situation I found myself in. “This is all Jake’s fault, you know.”
“And how the hell do you figure that?”
“Because everything was fine before he came on the scene. We were happy living for the music and women, and then he shows up with all his fucking gayness and passes it on to you. Then, like the pair of you were some kind of butt bandit magnets, Ryder comes along. Then like the gift that keeps on giving the gayitis spreads and suddenly life is all gay porn, gay clubs and gay fucking underwear. It’s gayness overload, dude! I’m fucking telling you that shit is contagious.”
Sawyer snickered, rolling his eyes at the same time. “Is there such a thing as gay underwear?”
“According to Ryder,” I said, shrugging before undoing the button on my jeans to expose the branded hem of my underwear. Sawyer raised his eyebrow, one side of his mouth curling up into a smirk. “They’re comfortable,” I said, feeling the need to defend my favorite pair of shorts. “What the fuck am I gonna do?”
4 Stars from Dawn
I love the Souls of the Knight Series. Being Sawyer Knight and Taming Ryder were wonderful books that I loved. I was very excited to read the third installment in this series. The Making of Matt brings back all of the wonderful characters and centers on Matt and Alex. Matt, the former drummer of Souls, is floundering after the band breaks up. Matt’s best friend, Alex vows to help Matt find a new purpose in life.
Matt soon finds himself attracted to Alex. Alex has wanted Matt for most of their friendship. They fall into an easy relationship and quickly into love. Some speed bumps along the way prove to be only minor obstacles in their relationship.
When Alex tells Matt he’s HIV positive, it takes very little for Matt to accept this and decide to proceed with his relationship with Alex. They fall quickly in love, sex comes natural to Matt despite Alex being his first and really their biggest problem is Alex being intimidated by Matt’s stardom and both men being too immature to talk about their problems.
I think the HIV positive status is a little too glossed over and their sexual relationship should have been a bigger deal. Also, both men are old enough to know that communication is key to any relationship and should have learned after the first time or two rather than needing Sawyer to constantly intervene.
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the others in the series.
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dog and cat!) She is the author the author of the m/m romance Souls of the Knight series, and is currently working on a standalone with new boys, James and Theo, due for release early 2016. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…