Friday, October 23, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review: The Making of Matt by Nicola Haken

The Making of Matt
Souls of the Knight Series
by 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?

( 5 stars ) 

Dear Matt,

First of all, let me just get this off my chest. You are the most infuriating/immature twat/adorable asshole that I’ve ever met. Half the things that came out of your mouth are crap. Damn if I don’t love you for it.

When I started on your story, I’m not a fan of your charming personalities. As I am new to your world and I never meet Sawyer or Ryder before, maybe I’m judging you too harshly without getting to know you. But anyway, you are basically a prepubescent boy in a man’s body. You are nearing 30 and you still need your mum to pick up after your shit. Shame on you. Or maybe Mrs. Carter is to blame for all your immaturity.

Before you throw your tantrum and accuse me of not appreciating your sense of humor, I have to say you did grow on me, like a mold. I’m itching just thinking about it.

Moving on to your sex life. Oppss… sorry, I mean your love life. Omg! I can’t believe you make the first move to Alex, who is basically your best buddy. I usually thought the straight guy won’t be the one to make the first move, guess I’m wrong and kudos to you. I’m sure gayitis is contagious!

Although all your experiments failed big time, I had a good laugh at your expense. I’m a chick and I do get off on watching gay porn. What does that say about me? By the way, I can recommend you some good m/m read that is way more tasteful than the super cheesy one that you got.

Back to the love of your life Alex, the huge freaking bomb that was dropped by him – woah! Honestly, I was stunned for a minute there because there are a few possibilities that came across my mind but never THAT. So I forgive you for freaking the fuck out. Although it was a huge gigantic deal for you guys, I’m glad you both work the shit out and able to deal with it like adults. I had some tears in my eyes while reading about it.

And Matt, I feel as if throughout this book I see you actually might just grow up and be a man. A man capable of love, commitment and responsibility. Although you can’t cook for shit, is the thought that count right? I will eat your P&J anytime. Oh, and please remove the pasta stain from the ceiling. I think I pee my pant hearing the about your attempt at cooking pasta. TMI? Oh, I think you love my blunt honesty since I endured hearing you complaint about your putrid armpits.

Anyway, I’m so proud of you until….. you whip out a tape and measure your own cock. Seriously! I guess, tiger can’t change its stripes and Matt can’t not be a twat.

That’s all for now, Matt. Thanks for making my ‘heart smile’ throughout your story. I wish you happy years ahead with Alex filled with amazing sex, infinite blowjobs and orgasms.

Your new fan,
Amanda xx

p/s: I’m heading over to read Sawyer’s book, but don’t worry you will always be my favorite.

Matt’s philosophy of life
“I hit any shit life throws my way with a high five.”

What Matt felt about Alex,
“Never before had I found a man so damn beautiful I couldn’t look at him without wanting to eat his fucking face.”

What Alex felt about Matt,
“You’re my jerk, Matthew Carter, and you always will be.”

“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?”

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...

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