Sam reviews ‘Making Of Matt (Souls of the Knight Book 3)’. Self Published on October 14th, 2015 and is 248 pages.
A complimentary copy was given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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?”
I have loved this series from the very first book, Being Sawyer. I couldn’t help but fall for all the characters but Matt had always intrigued me the most. He is funny, crazy, has no filter when speaking and a total playboy. But deep down he is a great person and has a big heart. When Alex was introduced I was definitely curious to see what his story is. Alex is the opposite of Matt in many ways.
Matt and Alex developed a great friendship. Of course Alex is attracted to him but always kept it under control knowing his best friend was straight as could be and didn’t want to ruin their friendship.
After the band split Matt has been kinda lost. Seeing all his friends moving on in their own relationships and new business adventures, Matt realizes that even with all the partying and screwing women he is lonely. With Alex’s help he decides he needs a new adventure something to keep him busy. When the opportunity to buy one of the hottest gay bars in the area Matt jumps on the chance. Knowing this is exactly what he needs. Everything seems to be going good for Matt until he receives a phone call that turns his life upside down.
When this tragedy strikes, Matt turns to his best friend for comfort. It’s only then that Matt realizes he is attracted to Alex. Matt isn’t one to think before he acts and the ends up kissing Alex. Alex ends up freaking out and running the opposite direction.
Can Matt’s feelings for Alex real? Can he get past his reputation as a playboy and have a real relationship with a man? Or has he ruined his relationship with his best friend forever?
I have to say Nicola Haken has done a fabulous job writing Making of Matt. Matt’s story is definitely my favorite of the three. Matt is hilarious. He had me laughing throughout the entire book. But, there is one scene in particular that had me laughing so hard it had me in tears. I also loved how he could care less what others thought of him, if they truly mattered that they would accept him for who he is. Even though there are lots of funny moments in Making of Matt there is also some heavy subjects that broke my heart for both men. To see them both go through them and come out stronger made me love their characters even more. I’m sad to see this series end but look forward to see what the author writes in the future.
I highly recommend reading Making Of Matt by Nicola Haken you won’t be disappointed. To fully understand the characters and scenes involved I recommend reading in order starting with Being Sawyer Knight Book one.
10/10 Pots of Gold
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…