The Making of Matt by Nicola Haken ~ Book Review by Caroline

25882570Title: The Making of Matt

Author: Nicola Haken

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/19/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

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?

My View:

Matt’s story is undoubtedly the best in the Souls of the Knight series for me!

Matt was the bands drummer and the only one left to settle down and find love. Life after the band was hard for him and left him with no focus. He spends his nights drinking and having sex with nearly every woman he comes across. His days are spent sleeping it off and envying what his friends have. He is the kind of guy that you want to both cuddle and protect then shout at to grow up. His mother still comes over to cook and clean for him and if she didn’t I’m sure he would starve and walk around naked!

Alex is a barman who has known a lot of difficulty in his life. He finds it hard to comprehend the easy and lavish lifestyle that Matt has and finds himself more and more frustrated with what he sees as his best friend just wasting his life away. He sets out to give his friend a purpose and the idea of opening a bar is born. Before he knows it Matt is the proud owner of a gay bar and his life is out of control.

As well as the bar there is the fact that he kisses his best friend in the laundry room, his very male best friend, and what the hell is that about? Matt’s quest to work out his feelings and his sexuality comes along with varying amounts of seriousness, stress and hilarity but also with his usual absolute refusal to apologise for anything he feels or does. He also has to cope with the bottom falling out of his world and Alex is the one he turns to to help him through.

Alex is not without his secrets and when he broke the glass the writing was on the wall and I could sense where it was going. I think the author did a great job with this storyline, it was well informed and sympathetic and it was hard watching Alex finally having to come to terms with aspects of his life.

To balance the seriousness and often bleak times in the book when all the guys get together the humour will leave you smiling. Matt has no brain to mouth filter which makes him both endearing and embarrassing but Alex and his friends wouldn’t have him any other way – well not often! The waxing scene was hysterical and left me with tears in my eyes, the beach was romantic as all hell and the ending perfect. Finally it seems Matt has grown up!

Links

The Making of Matt on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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