Title: Matthias (Order of the Black Knights #2)
Author: Alexis Duran
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.88 stars out of 5
From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.
Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.
I have to say I was a little leery with the “meditation guide” thing. In fact, in the beginning it was a bit daft, but as I read the book it slowly started to get better. I believe I have to attribute my change of feelings to the witty banter between Jason and Dylan. Oh, and poor Jason (and I will have to leave it at that…sorry).
Unlike the first book in the series, this book has to do more with romance and not so much mystery/suspense. Honestly, everything seemed pretty straightforward so I really don’t know why Dreamspinner placed it in that genre. Even so, this book was a nice read that kept me entertained; wanting to know if the two MC’s get to finish what started 10 years ago. Hoping that both Matthias and Dylan would just let down their defenses so that they could finally be together. I will not lie, I was hoping that there was going to be some BDSM between the two given their personalities; however, the author did not take the story in that direction.
In addition, I felt like there should have been more of a reason for “Dylan” ending up being Matthias’ enemy. In the first book, the guy physically and verbally mistreats Gideon. However, in this book “Dylan” was not one of the knights that hurt his mom. In fact, he basically generalized all the knights and lumped them all together. With that said, I feel that this part of the story was not as strong as it could have been.
Just a little FYI: Even though this is part of a series, this book can be read independently.