Matchstick Men by Adira August
Matchstick Men - 5 stars
This is the follow up to meeting Hunter and Cam for the first time in the novella, On His Knees. Matchstick Men is a full length book which I was really excited about having loved the first story. It's an excellent mystery crime thriller that doesn't lose focus on the dynamic between Hunter and Cam.
Hunter's character is complex. He claims not to form any lasting relationships yet he is clearly attracted to Cam not just as a Dom but also as a man. Cam is extremely keen to see Hunter away from the club and throughout the book we see them in different scenarios where they are friends, lovers, workmates, D/s and more. The two men are intriguing and the author has cleverly created main characters that differ from the norm. They are both alpha males and in real life their roles sometimes contradict their D/s personalities which is utterly fascinating.
One night at the club, Hunter lays down a matchstick challenge that results in the humiliation and ultimate ban of one of the members. When she leaves it is not on a happy note. A few hours later, Hunter is called to a homicide. It is an horrendous scene that greets him even more shocking is that the victim turns out to be the banned club member.
The story is brilliantly plotted and makes for compelling reading. It helps that sexual encounters between Hunt and Cam are dotted throughout the book but they never feel gratuitous and are totally relevant in the development of their relationship.
I won't add anymore about the plot as I don't want to spoil it but suffice it to say I will be waiting with bated breath for the third instalment. I practically inhaled the words off of my kindle and am very excited to see what this author has in store for the future.