Matthias by Alexis Duran

alexis-duran-matthias-cover-sTitle: Matthias 

Series: Order of the Black Knights 02

Author: Alexis Duran

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (240 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Order of the Black Knights 

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.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-848-0

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Dylan, a reporter, has had a crush on Matthias since meeting him at college. Ten years of hurt at the rejection by Matthias has made him bound and determined to get to the bottom of the secretive Matthias.

Matthias is a ruthless business man all about taking money from the rich with his hypnosis and magnetism. He stops at nothing to gain his wealth. Jace, a rock star, became too clingy so Matthias had him removed elsewhere. Matthias was too pretty for his own good and knew it. He used his looks to his advantage and slept with anyone he wanted.

When Matthias invites Dylan to his resort in order to destroy him things do not go as planned. He is attracted to him and so begins Dylan’s mission to weave through the complex Matthias to see what makes him tick.  I liked this story much better than the first in the series. However it is a bit slow at times and as a result had to and starts several times so it did not hold my interest straight through like most books do. 

I would have liked a better balance to the story as opposed to the action, etc taking place near the end. Most of the book is drama driven and while that in itself is not bad I wanted more. Interesting and good read.