Title: The Making of Matt
Series: Souls of the Knight
Author: 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?
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...
The Making of Matt - an interesting title for an interesting book. S.A. McAuley and SJD Peterson gave us a look inside the world of famous rock bands in their novel Ruin Porn. Now Nikola Haken gives us a look at what happens when the band breaks up in The Making of Matt.
Even though, in my opinion, the story drags just a little bit, it's still an interesting read. I cannot explain the reasoning behind my opinion without giving away any spoilers. However, the story is very well written and the characters are believable. It's easy to relate to Matt's inner turmoil over the subject of his sexuality, not made any easier by his former band mates, or Alex's feelings towards one of the band members.
I like the fact that the story is written in the first-person perspective, switching back and forth between Matt and Alex. I feel it makes the story more compelling.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 4 and recommend this book highly.