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Release Day Review: Matthias by Alexis Duran

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Release Day Review: Matthias by Alexis Duran

Book Info

Book Series
Order of The Black Knights #2
About the Author
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, finance, film production, and for several performing arts organizations. Her favorite job so far has been inventorying the collection of a haunted Victorian Mansion. She is the author of the Masters and Mages and Edge of Night m/m fantasy series as well as several standalone romances. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference and first runner-up from Love Romances Cafe. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats. She is always working on the next novel and has several new ideas brewing at all times.
Publication Date
November 02, 2016
253 pages
Filed on personal Goodreads/BookLikes shelves: 2016 Divine Magazine, 4 star reads, male/male, paranormal
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.

Editor reviews

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Great followup
(Updated: November 02, 2016)
This is book two in the series, but you don't need to have read book one. I have, and it's really hard NOT to compare the two, especially as they are written by different authors. That threw me, I tell ya because no indication was given in book one that future books would be written by different authors. There is a tiny bit here, in the beginning, just a single line, that gives you a little more information. 
Matthias dragged himself out of his childhood and is now a head of a famous retreat. Dylan is hot on his tail, as an investigative reporter, trying to find out the truth behind a rock star's death. Dylan and Matthias have met before, in many lifetimes, and this one might just be the one to break the cycle. 
It runs a very similar pattern to book one, and that's why I'm struggling to separate them. Meet, love, kill. Rinse and repeat. 
The story itself is well written, from both men's point of view, with no spelling or editing errors I spotted. 
Matthias is fully aware of the effect Dylan has on him, he never forgot that one time they had before, those ten years ago. And now, he has Dylan in his lair, Dylan WILL be his again. Dylan is under no illusions that he will end up in Matthias' bed, he just hopes he doesn't end up dead, like the rock star he is investigating. 
The ending does feel a little rushed, though. Like oh, I'm running out for pages, lets get it done quick. 
And I'm still missing that information about The Order of The Black Knights. I need to know about Moriel, how he finds his recruits, how he feels when they sign up, and when they finally break that cycle. I NEED this, so please?? 
Because of the rushed ending and the similarities to book one... 

*ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest review*

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