“It was amazing.” 5 * Review for Matt- the Beginning

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VBV rated it 5 of 5 starsVenia 1 MTB

Shelves: dark-twisted, murder-mystery, suspense-romance, brilliant-books

Main characters are Matt, Natalie, Marie, Julia, Venia, and a brief glimpse of Ellen

This book takes you through Matt’s journey from his first breaths. How he goes through life being shaped by people and events around him. He can go one way or another. The fact that there is a book called “To Murder Matt” already tells us he can’t turn out well. It’s already hinting at a car crash in slow motion. And we get to see him rise and fall.

One after another the women come into his life. They change him bit by bit. He falls into sex, into love and as he is spurned by one, he plans his revenge on all women. No surprise there. Matt isn’t an angel. For the reader there are the what might have beens. The ‘what ifs’. What if that hadn’t happened? How would a nice Matt be?

Matt shows he has a heart in this book and I, for one, felt hope. After all, isn’t that what he ultimately wants and is searching for? Love? What could the love of a good woman do for Matt?

Matt is damaged goods. He starts off broken and by the end he’s the nasty Matt we know and love. Totally beyond redemption.

A devil amongst men? He’s a bloody sexy one at that.

And the reviews are coming in…

Venia 2 MTBThank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I should like to thank everyone that leaves reviews. Whether you like a book or not, tastes are different we get that. Readers are different, authors writing styles, and subjects are too.

We, as authors, appreciate the fact that you took the time to write it. What most don’t realise is that if a reader leaves a bad review, it’s not because an Author necessarily wrote a bad book, and they, the reader, a bad review…it’s all about connection. You loved a book, or you got mad enough about a book – to even leave a review. You got involved. (Woohoo!) There was something so irking you about a character, or a plot, that you felt you had to tell people…and that in itself is great! 😀

I write controversial books. It’s what I do. The books are my escapism into another world and so I always get a mixed bag of reviews. I am prepared for it now. Some of you get in to my mind and see the possibilities. Some of you don’t. Some of you are left at the door whimpering and cowering at the nastiness of the world, and you scamper back into the safety of your perfect world.

I like that. I like that we connect, even for a short time.

I love writing with such a passion that I do this to breathe. I live in my mind, in that ‘other world.’  I come out only to release my books to the world.

Here take my babies, take them to your hearts, your minds. Let me touch your soul…dare you?

Read me…Read my books.  Lets join our minds if only for an instance…

Another great review for Matt – the Beginning! :D

Published on Goodreads.

Fee’s review Mar 28, 15 
4 of 5 stars

Read from March 23 to 24, 2015

After reading “To Murder Matt” I was left reeling about Matt and what could have possibly have happened in his past to make him the way he was and in Matt: the beginning we find out just that. Can I just say that you do not have to had read “To Murder Matt” before reading this one.

To be honest it makes me hate him even more – if that is possible. At first I was beginning to feel sorry for him – everything he had to endure from his father and his childhood, that is until he got sent to live with a foster family – a rich family at that.

Natalie MTBFrom there I lost all sympathy for him and realised he was just pure evil. From the moment he realised what he was doing and that he just kept on that path, not to mention the things he does (although I had insight from reading To Murder Matt) shocked me.

Some readers may find this a hard read due the nature of the storyline but there is no denying that this is a book you cant put down as you want to know more about him.

It was good to get the little insight – or reminder depending on if you have read the other books – on certain characters he meets which leads up to “To Murder Matt”.

4 stars

5 star review for Matt – the beginning

Matt – the Beginning by Viveca Benoir (Goodreads Author)

Matt MTB 2Karen Hrdlicka‘s review

Mar 28, 15

Read in March, 2015

This was the first work of Viveca Benoir’s that I have read. I looked at the synopsis for To Murder Matt and wondered why the main character was so twisted and despised. After reading Matt-the Beginning I can more fully understand why Matt is such a tormented and hated character. I like Ms. Benoir’s style very much. The story is well paced and the action is rapid fire. So much happened in the first thirty pages, I found myself stopping to process what the poor young man was going through.This book begins with Matt’s tragic birth, along with a sister he never knew existed. The twins are sent to separate adoptive homes and live completely different lives, each never knowing the other lives nearby. Matt’s life is hardly ideal. His mother loves him intensely however, to say his father is an ass, is an understatement. The abuse Matt and his mother suffer is the driving force behind much of the development of Matt’s character. Throughout the story he is thrown curveball after curveball, molding him into an young man who uses sex for power and control. He is ambitious and headstrong and if someone crosses him there will be retaliation. No spoilers here, just be aware that Matt has seen a lot of crap in his life and except for his mother no one seems to have given him a fair shake. I am looking forward to reading other books by Ms. Benoir

Matt – the beginning Review


Quote “After reading the blurb and the first chapter.. I was getting ready to sympathize for Matt.. He had been through a lot and he wasn’t very old. I felt bad for him up until he moved in with Natalia.. then everything went crazy!

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Matt: The Beginning is definitely a page turner because I wanted to know what happens!”

What do YOU think of Matt?



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Meet Venia from ‘Matt-the beginning’ by Viveca Benoir

Venia 2 MTB

Release date: 30th March 2015

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What I love about my readers…

I try to interact with as many readers as possible (via social media/ email / private messages etc). I love the feedback you give me. I love the way you either LOVE or HATE my characters.

And when I say love or hate, I mean it. Let’s take Matt for example, some people adored him, despite how nasty he can be. Some people hated him so much that they got so emotional with the book that they never wanted to hear his name again, or see him in another book.. EVER.

I love that, because it tells me as a writer that I managed to reach you. I managed to get you to feel. The biggest sadness for a writer is indifference.

And to those of you who are protesting against him having his own book called ‘Matt – the beginning’ and showing your protest by reducing the star ratings you first gave me.

I thank you. Matt reached you. And I LOVE it. There can be no better applause for him as a fictional character than by your actions to try show the world how much you hate him (as a character).

To me it’s fiction, that’s all. Fiction. But to you, Matt became real. Thank you so much for your lessening votes


Meet Natalie from ‘Matt- the beginning.’

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Matt is back! 30th March 2015
Matt – The Beginning by Viveca Benoir
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