Series: Souls Of The Knight #3
Buy on Amazon
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Matt Carter, self-proclaimed sex-god and drummer for world renowned Souls of the Knight, didnÔÇÖt have the time or inclination for planning his future, preferring to fill his days with music, women and alcohol. He didnÔÇÖt 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.ÔÇÖs hottest gay clubs ÔÇô 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 heÔÇÖs 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?
(M/M romance. Not suitable for under 18ÔÇÖs due to language and sexual content.)
It’s a testament to Nicola Haken’s talent, that despite the fact of m/m romances not being my preferred genre, she manages to lure me in every single time.
“The Making Of Matt” isn’t any different and kept me captivated and messed with my emotions throughout.
I was really apprehensive when I heard about this book as I couldn’t see how Matt suddenly started a relationship with another man. There was no indication of him being gay in the previous books and I feared it was just a way to follow a trend.
But the more I read, the more I realized how well this turn of events fits with Matt’s personality.
He’s non-judgemental and open-minded and he loves a person. He loves their personality and their soul, not making love dependent on their gender.
This really is the kind of person Matt is, so it ended up making sense.
His own book confirmed why he was always my favorite character in the series.
He’s a bit crazy, a bit funny, very cocky and quite the handful. He’s the wild child within his circle of friends. The party machine and the ladies’ man.
At least he was but he has started to change.
And those changes are brought about by his friendship with Alex and the influence this friendship has on him.
Alex has been his best friend for a while now, becoming a focal point of Matt’s life.
Not surprisingly, Matt is at first confused when he realizes he’s attracted to Alex. But confusion quickly makes way for acceptance as Matt wants to take the friendship further. His easiness with his feelings for Alex was so heart-warmingly beautiful. There wasn’t much questioning. There was no shame and embarrassment. There was just love. And that was really refreshing.
Matt doesn’t give a damn what anyone else might think or about other people’s approval. He’s sure in himself and his own choices. And therefore he is sure in his feelings for Alex.
But his enthusiasm is met with hesitation and resistance on Alex’ side despite the fact that Alex has had feeling for Matt for a long time. The reason for holding back is heart-breaking and his fear of rejection tangible throughout the story.
He would rather lose out on the love of his life than risk losing his friendship with Matt. He shouldn’t underestimate Matt though as he proves again and again how awesome he is.
I loved the fact that this book showed a different side of coming out. One where the character wasn’t fearful or ashamed, but comfortable with who he was. He simply saw himself as a person in love.
I appreciated the fact that Nicola Haken yet again tackled a sensitive topic and has done so gracefully.
Personally, I would have loved to see a bit more of a struggle on Matt’s part with the revelation instead of his at times nearly ignorant enthusiasm.
Showing more of the adjustments and trials and tribulations that Alex’ secret bring about, would have given it more weight. But then I love when books dive into the more difficult stuff, even if it is at the expense of the romance and the smut.
“The Making Of Matt” was a beautiful love story that showed the meaning of true love, acceptance and friendship.
4.5 Matt-is-still-mine stars.
~Review by Paula