Title: The Making of Matt
Author: Nicola Haken
Series: Souls of Knight
Release Date: October 19th, 2015
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Coming Out, Rockstars
Page Count: 284
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read for Gay Book Reviews and Alpha Book Club
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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?
Wow! Just wow! This is my favorite book out of the Souls of the Knight Series – this story is intense and not what I expected for Matt’s story at all. Throughout the Souls of the Knight books we are shown a side of Matt that really makes the readers either love him or hate him.. personally I had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with Matt. Once we get to his story, we realize there is much more to Matt than just a cocky rock star looking for the next woman to score with. Yes, Matt is a complex man and his story is brilliant!
Then we add Alex to the mix. Although this story is called “The Making of Matt” it really is Alex’s story as well. Alex has been a supporting character since Ryder’s story and we have watched Matt and Alex build a strong friendship — so it makes sense that when Matt has his world forever changed he would turn to Alex. The thing they both have to figure out is are these feelings real or are they simply a result to a traumatic event? Is what these two are feeling love? While Alex is comfortable in his sexuality he still needs to come to grips with why he has fallen for his straight best friend. If that isn’t enough these two men have to then decide if their love strong enough to lay it all on the line and go for it? Yeah, no pressure, right?
This is a great series all around. I enjoy it when an author is able to keep building the story-line throughout a series instead of just writing books for the sake of writing. Some series run into the age old problem of sequel books not living up to the first book, therefore the series is a disappointment. However, some series deserve to have those extra books, the story demands it..the characters still have so much to say – Souls of the Knight Series is the perfect example and although the second book was not my favorite of the series, it and the third book added to the series and told the story of The Souls of Knight perfectly! I would recommend this book and this series to all male/male fans.
“I don’t know how or why I feel like I do,” he said, his voice strained. “I’m confused about everything…except the fact that I want you. I need you, Alex. I need you to believe in me. To trust me. I need you to give me a chance to prove to you that I’m serious about this. About us. I’m not saying it won’t be difficult, that I won’t get freaked out and turn into a monster jackass sometimes. But I want to try, and f#ck I need you to want it too.”