Matthias by Alexis Duran Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Alexis Duran stopping by today with her instalment of the Order of the Black Knights series Matthias, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Shorty’s review, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Matthias

(Order of the Black Knights 02)
by

Alexis Duran

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.

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Exclusive Excerpt!

In this flashback scene, Dylan is remembering his early encounters with Matthias:

Dylan was an attention-fearing sophomore who’d recently transferred from a small community college. He’d been thrust into advanced classes by high test scores and demanding parents, so he tended to hunker down in the last rows. Until he started wanting the gorgeous senior to notice him. He even started getting up in time to shower before class and attempt to do something sexy with his unruly thatch of blond hair.

Apparently it worked because one rainy day that Dylan recalled with embarrassing clarity, Matthias had walked into the auditorium with his usual retinue of expensively dressed pals and scanned the half-filled seats until his blue-eyed gaze landed directly on Dylan’s face. Dylan was so accustomed to being invisible he’d been staring at Matthias without thinking. He swore his heart had stopped beating and his world shrank down to nothing except Matthias’s amazing eyes.

Like a mouse mesmerized by a snake, Dylan was paralyzed. One, two, three seconds. Then he lowered his gaze to his notebook, face burning. He rested his forehead in his hand and pretended to take furious notes for several minutes before he was brave enough to peek up between his fingers. Matthias had taken a seat and faced the lectern, clicking and unclicking a sleek, black pen.

God, even his pen was expensive. Dylan watched the long fingers in subtle rhythmic motion as saliva pooled in his mouth. He writhed in the hard wooden seat, his jeans suddenly much too tight.

Matthias stopped his clicking and glanced over his shoulder. He found Dylan and winked.

Caught. Dylan’s cheeks burned even hotter, and he wanted to slink under the desk and crawl out of the room, never to return. His grades were good enough his GPA could absorb an incomplete.

But…. Matthias Krall knew he existed. He’d initiated contact. He’d… flirted. Sure, Matthias might find it amusing to tease a geeky nobody in torn jeans and a secondhand Huskies sweatshirt, but some contact had to be better than nothing.

The wheels of Dylan’s hyperactive fantasy churned. By the end of the class, during which Dylan heard nothing except the thud of his heart, he’d ended up in the back of Matthias’s Porsche. Imagination made sex in a sports car not only possible but fantastic. Of course, he could suck Matthias off in the broom closet and it would be fantastic.

When class ended Dylan sprinted for the doors at the rear of the auditorium so he wouldn’t have to face Matthias. And then spent the rest of the afternoon wishing he’d faced Matthias. Said something charming, witty, sexy. What a joke.

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About Alexis

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 stand alone romances.  Her fiction has won awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and a half cats.  She is currently working on the next Edge of Night novel and always has several new ideas brewing.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Review

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

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/matthias-by-alexis-duran-7709-b

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.

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Check out the other blogs on the tour

November 7th: MM Good Book Reviews 
November 8th: Drops of Ink | All in One Place 
November 10th: Prism Book Alliance 
November 15th: Loving Without Limits 
November 16th: Happily Ever Chapter 
November 17th: Alpha Book Club
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