Review: Matchstick Men by Adira August

Posted May 14, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: Matchstick Men by Adira August
Matchstick Men

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Series: Hunter Dane Investigations #1
Genres: BDSM Romance, M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Red Deer
Released on June 22, 2017
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway

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The Delight

I first encountered this series with the hot and intense yet thought provoking prequel, On His Knees.  Hunter and Cam were introduced and I couldn’t wait to dive right back in and see them together in a full length story that included a murder investigation for Hunter involving their BDSM club.


Matchstick Men can be the start of the series, but I’m going to strongly recommend not skipping the prequel novella.  For one, this book references back to it, but for two, get it viscerally instead of in a summation style in this one so much in Matchstick Men grabs you better.

So, yes, Hunter just wants to kick back and enjoy Munch night at the club, but then a member who has an ax to grind ends up murder shortly after leaving.  Hunter shocked himself and had gone home with Cam to complete his promise from the week before, but now must switch gears and walk a tight rope between investigating a crime and protecting the innocent members of the club that would not fair well in the public eye.

He claims to be stone cold, but now his focus is all off because of the tantalizing Cam who assists him and, also, knows just what to do to center Hunter.  Meanwhile, a killer is watching Hunter’s every move.

I get somewhat wary when BDSM elements are mixed with other genre elements like a murder mystery in this case.  There is the chance that both will suffer as a result.  Not to worry.  The same careful attention to D/s romance development and to the plotting of the murder were not neglected.  Hunter and Cam as individuals and a hint of a relationship beginning was handled so well.

The BDSM was milder than what was introduced in On His Knees, but it was still a tension-wrought and thoughtfully written element, but not the only element of the romance.  Cam is all in and honest.  Hunter is honest that he is not all in, but there are hints that he might not know himself as well as he thinks.  He thinks that connecting with other people and particularly a relationship partner is beyond him.

The mystery wasn’t that hard for me, but it was still interesting and had some good complexity to it.

All in all, I was well pleased with a longer story in the series and definitely want more of this intense pair.  Those who enjoy M/M BDSM Romance with a strong Murder Mystery should give this series a go.


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About Adira August

I went to school interminably, it seemed like. I chased down bad guys, raised children, climbed mountains, played poker, searched for dinosaurs and have had a rather large number of lovers. (I’m not giving up any numbers because TMI) Through it all, I wrote.

No wonder I’m so tired.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    Wow! Sure sounds like there’s a lot going on here, which would definitely keep my attention, particularly the suspense. Happy Monday! Hugs…RO

    • Yes, the suspense had a thriller vibe with the killer getting a few narration parts and seeming a step ahead of Hunter through the whole thing. I look forward to seeing what comes next for the pair and for another murder case.

      You have a good one, too, Ro!

  • I’d not heard of this book before! That’s cool that the author balanced mysery and BDSM well – I’d be worried too, if it wasn’t a contemporary BDSM romance novel (like in this case in which it’s mystery). I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, I’m just one of those picky types that needs to have my eroticism paired with good story development and have it handled just right and I would worried that it would be dropped into the story for a shocker ploy and then left for the mystery. Didn’t happen and it was a good balance. 🙂

  • Karen

    Oooh interesting. I’m not usually a fan of BDSM but I think I wouldn’t mind since there are other things going on & it sounds like it was well done.

    I love this line in your review “Cam is all in and honest. Hunter is honest that he is not all in” 🙂

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • I am a picky BDSM fan so I read maybe one or two a year if even that much b/c I need to see it used in a story by one who did their homework on how it should be in a romance. I thought this author did a great job. 🙂

      Ha, once in a while I come off with a good turn of phrase. Makes up for the bad ones. LOL

  • I’m not sure if it’s really really for me but I’m happy to see you enjoyed it. You always have books I never heard about! I’m impressed

    • Oh yes, it will definitely not be for everyone with that sort of combination of elements.

      Haha, love introducing books to folks. 🙂

  • Ooo, this sounds good. I’m going to start with On His Knees. I hate to miss out!

    • Yes, its a brief very hot and intense encounter, but it lays the groundwork for where things are at in this story. 🙂

  • On His Knees is FREE for the Kindle 🙂

    • Is it? Woohoo! I should have checked and added it to the review. 🙂

  • Glad to hear the BDSM element mixes well in the genre. It I’ve seen times where it doesn’t go so well. Aww the video isn’t working for me.

    • Yes, that was a relief to me.

      Oh man! Sorry about that. It was kind of a weird song, too. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Great review. I’m glad to hear you really liked this one, and good to know it might be best to start with the novella. I like that all the aspects of the story were done well. That’s a plus!


    • I saw a stellar review for this one on OJ’s blog and had to grab it and the prequel. Yes, the strong development of all aspects was a huge plus.

  • Adira August

    Sophia Rose! I’ve been deep in WIP with book 5 in the series (Psychic Men). This is such a lovely review – and I agree about the great phrasing: “Cam is all in and honest. Hunter is honest that he is not all in.” That’s such a perfect, succinct description.

    Knees was only free 2 days, BTW. FYI, there are already 2 more books (Dancing Men and Snowed In) and a 5th (Psychic Men) coming in a few weeks. I hope. Plan. I can hear the writer demons giggling ….

    • Oh man! Shoo those cackling demon types away. 🙂

      This is great news glad you have a nice, solid series going here. I love to see things with plenty of room to develop.

      LOL, yeah, once in a while I can be succinct and come off with a good one (usually not). 😉

      Thanks so much for dropping by, Adira!