Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Matchstick Men
Author: Adira August
Series: A Hunter Dane Investigation
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Adira August
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: SEX, GAMES & MURDER ~ Want to play?
It was munch night at the most elite underground BDSM club in the Rockies. Relaxed and informal, highlighted by the weekly Matchstick Challenge game.
Detective Sergeant Hunter Dane, reigning champion, looked forward to a relaxing evening to start his 3 days off. A few beers on the deck. An interlude with a sweet sub. Stumping a challenger with a new puzzle. Home early for a decent night’s sleep.
Some people are SO deadly serious about their games.
Now Hunt has a fresh body and a new puzzle to solve in twenty-four hours if he wants to find a killer.
Review: I first met and became intrigued with Hunt and Cam in On His Knees (available at Instafreebie until August 1, 2017). In that short story, we got a taste of the unique dynamic between these two complex men. Thankfully, their story is continued in Matchstick Men.
Hunter is a homicide detective who is good at his job in part because of his ability to compartmentalize and keep his emotions and feelings away from the job. Unfortunately, he believes he is incapable of having them off the job as well. He is one of the members of an elite and discreet BDSM club that caters mostly to the upperclass, but policemen, firemen, etc. are given membership in return for their services. Hunter is also a bit of a switch in that he doms most of the time (with women), but he subs for men when he needs particular things. Up until recently, he has never truly submitted to anyone, but that all changed the day he gave his all and went to his knees for Cam (in On His Knees). That was an amazing and unique thing to see, and I highly recommend you start there. Anyhoo, with Cam, he was able to truly submit, with Cam being the only one who ended up knowing what he really needed and was able to provide it.
Cam, on the other hand, is all Dom. He is a professional skier (younger than Hunter), but he really seems to have it all together. He has a maturity, especially when dealing with Hunter, but there are times we are reminded that he is still a young 20-something. These guys have some crazy chemistry going on, and while they definitely have a d/s relationship, it is anything but typical. These guys have shared some of the hottest scenes I’ve read in a long time. Hunter makes his misgivings known, and they move forward with a friends with benefits arrangement, though it is easy to see their feelings growing into more. These are complex men that, while they both might not see it yet, are intricate puzzle pieces that just fit together perfectly.
There are a few other things at play here, from the title and how it correlates to the story, to the murder and how it is connected to Hunter and the club. As Hunter tries to figure things out, he uses Cam as a sounding board. I loved that we were shown the answers to the matchstick puzzles at the end of the story and the history behind the name as well. We learned quite a bit more about these guys than we did in the previous story, but it still didn’t feel like enough. I read this in one sitting and was extremely disappointed when I reached the end. These guys definitely have unfinished business, and since it ends on a rather up-in-the-air note, I would probably have to classify it as a cliffhanger. All I know is that I can’t wait for their story to continue and hope we don’t have to wait too long. Highly recommend.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*
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