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Posted November 11, 2012
Take note of the warnings for this book because they aren’t being overly cautious. The Flesh Cartel is only 75 pages long and it contains some of the most violent non-consensual acts I’ve ever read. Don’t overlook the forced incest either, it’s harsh. Another thing to keep in mind, this book is tagged as M/M romance but there is absolutely none of that in this book. I’m guessing that will appear later in the series, but don’t expect to see it here. Dougie and Mat are brothers. They’re the only family they have and are very protective of each other. Dougie is serious, cerebral, and mild mannered. He’s working toward his PhD and depends on Mat financially. Mat supports them by fighting. Despite their stoic facades, they’re both feeling guilty for letting the other one down. Mat knows that winning every fight is necessary, but he’s struggling as he gets older. With each loss they’re going deeper and deeper into the red. Dougie knows everything Mat has sacrificed and longs for the day he can start making good money and finally remove the burden from Mat’s shoulders. I appreciated that the authors took the time to develop Dougie and Mat so well in such a short book. I felt I really understood their motivations and I liked them both. Later it became really important because I needed to see them as real people before their captors tried to strip them of everything which made them individuals. Once they are kidnapped, that’s when the nightmare begins. From that point on, it’s a constant string of humiliating and degrading events with the sole purpose of dehumanizing them. Dougie and Mat have no idea why it’s happening or what their future may hold. All they know is that they have to survive the hell they have been forced into and hold strong for each other, that’s the only thing that really matters once everything else is stripped away. This wasn’t as difficult a read as I expected it to be. Obviously, the situations Dougie and Mat found themselves in were horrifying, but I wasn’t emotionally invested in them enough to make me really feel it. I was able to maintain a comfortable distance throughout the many, many tortures they endured. I wish I had been affected more than I was. If this had been the first few chapters of a book, I would have gladly kept reading. It’s not though, this is the first of several installments in the series. I’m not sure this first one was intriguing enough for me to keep going. I wasn’t left feeling an overwhelming curiosity of what would happen next, I was left feeling unfulfilled and slightly irritated that the first part was so short. I enjoyed it while reading and I’m very intrigued by it, but I needed a ray of hope. There isn’t even a hint toward what the future will hold. I have no idea if this will eventually lead to the possibility of happiness for Dougie and Mat. I usually hate teasers at the end of books and I’m finding myself wishing I had one now.
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Posted June 3, 2013
Brutal yet compelling
**WARNING** This book contains explicit violence, m/m non-consent and forced incest. This is my only warning.
Mat and Dougie Carmichael are brothers who have been captured by four large unknown men for a reason they don’t understand. Mat, a bouncer and MMA cage fighter, does all he can to protect Dougie, a PhD student, but he can’t protect him from the brutality that is rained down upon them.
This story is vicious, unbearably violent, horrifying, heartbreaking and yet so damn compelling that I had to keep reading. How do they keep going after what they have been through? How have they not given up? Dougie has complied rather than fight, but Mat can only keep fighting. His strength of will is mind-boggling and the only thing that checks him is Dougie’s pleas to stop. The sexual torture, debasement and humiliation are hard to read yet read I must in order to see what happens to them. Just when I think it might get a tiny bit better, something else comes along to smash that hope.
Well-written with a fast pace the alternating POVs were a tad confusing at times, but the characters jump off the page and you just want to do something, anything, to help them escape, find out why they were captured and wreak vengeance upon all involved.
I’m left wondering how I would have faired had that happened to me. Would I continue to fight while plotting and planning a way to escape or would I have finally given up hope and found a way to end my life? I have no way of knowing and I sure as hell hope I am never faced with those choices.
*Book source ~ Many thanks to NetGalley and Riptide Publishing for providing a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Posted May 18, 2013
I actually enjoyed this book. No it isn't for the faint of heart but the book warns you of that before you start. Matt and Dougie are brothers. Dougie is a college student and Matt is a prize fighter who has done a few rounds of extreme fighting to make sure his brother gets a good education. They are orphans,having only each other in this world. When Matt arrives home to find someone trying to kidnap Dougie the kidnappers decided to take both brothers. What the brothers don't know is they are being sold into the world of sexual slavery.
Yes this book is graphic with rape, forced blow jobs, beatings and so forth. If you don't mind a book that is more extreme yet still has a plot then I would say read this. A warning though, you need to go ahead an buy the whole series because you will want to go from one book to the next
Posted March 13, 2013
Dougie and Mat are beaten and kidnapped from their house and taken to a place where they are locked up and raped for what seems like weeks. They've no idea why they've been taken or what will happen to them but what they do know is that Dougie is the prized one and Mat will do anything he can to keep the monsters away from his brother even if it means that he takes the beating.
I don't normally read this type of novel but I had seen such high reviews and my curiosity got the best of me when I saw it available on NetGalley. Not that it's poorly written but it's just so graphic and horrific that the majority of the time I read it with my eyes wide open. I couldn't imagine being one of the brothers and going through what they went though. Even though we don't get a lot of back story on the characters and there isn't a ton of character development before the abduction, my heart broke for them. Both brothers would rather gain the attention of the guards so that the other brother won't have to endure the pain. I just felt so bad for these characters and humiliated for them. This short novel evoked so much emotion from me that I literally could not put the story down.
Posted January 8, 2013
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Leigh & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
“Tortuous, transfixing, and yet engrossing.” ~Under the Covers
This second episode of The Flesh Cartel, Auction, is as tortuous, transfixing, and yet engrossing, as the first. At the outset, we again see Nikolai, a buyer in the human trafficking world, searching for the perfect specimen for his client. Prior to going to an auction, he conducts his research and watches the videos made of Mat and Dougie during their introduction into this disturbing world. While Dougie was actually the prize that Madame had sought, it is Mat with whom Nikolai is interested. We discover that Nikolai’s client seemingly has dark and disturbing proclivities, and Mat, the fighter that he is, would fulfill his client’s needs perfectly. The catch – he is to be sold with his brother only. Not what Nikolai wants, but he watches Dougie’s video next as a result. Coincidentally, while Dougie is not a match for Nikolai’s client, it seems that Nikolai is taken with Dougie for himself.
In the Auction, Mat and Dougie are both degraded, assaulted, beaten, raped, and tortured some more. Just when you don’t think that it can get any worse, Haimowitz and Belleau pull out all the stops, and it does. But like the proverbial train wreck, one can’t look away, or stop reading, as the case may be. While these brothers, who continue to live through everything they endure just for the sake of the other, are separated, they are placed in cells next to each other and are able to hear the torture of their loved one. The strength of both men, however different it may be for each, is astonishing to say the least. There is a love and bond there that precedes all else. And it is with that love and devotion for each other as brothers that they continue to survive. Sadly, Madame, the guards, and all involved in the Flesh Cartel understand that and continue to use it unflaggingly against them.
After days of endless torture, Mat and Dougie are taken and prepared for the auction. Once I got to this part, I *almost* sighed a deep breath of relief. I figured, okay, here’s the auction, they’ve been “cleaned” up as much as they can be, they’ll be put up on a block to be seen, they’ll be bid on, and then they’ll be whisked away onto the next chapter of their so-called life. HA! Boy, was I so wrong. Of course, with the brutality and torture that these men have endured throughout their capture and captivity, I should have known better to think that anything would be so easy. Much like the rest of the episode, it is so very sad to watch the scene unfold. Yet, again, I couldn’t stop. These brothers are put through so very much, and my heart hurts every step of the way, but Haimowitz and Belleau write so well and tell a story so captivating, that I can’t put it down, and I continue to look forward to more in hopes that at the end of it all, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel for Mat and Dougie.
*Review copy provided by publisher
Posted January 7, 2013
Brutal, graphic, terrorizing and raw. Not a romance and not for the faint of heart.
This book was a sprint, with hurdles. Flying right out of the blocks there was no slowing down until crossing the finish line when I was gasping for breath and shaking.
I found the two main characters to be vivid, real and so likeable that they are quite the antithesis to the crude nature of the story. Fascinating.
Mat - The fighter. The underdog just trying to survive so that his brother can live.
Dougie - Sweet, breakable and intelligent. His gentle nature is heartbreaking. He loves his brother more than himself and is smart enough to know that's a terrible weakness.
I found the writing flawless. I think it would have been easy to spin me right out of the story if the writing hadn't been spot on. With the seriousness of the subject, I was so focused that I would have noticed a lack of perfection.
Brutal erotica focusing on the raw world of skin trade. We start with the abduction of the two brothers which barely gives us a hint of what is to come. Scary, graphic and even gruesome. None-the-less captivating and gripping. The story, in fact, is all the more consuming for it's intensity. Honestly, I don't think this story could, or should be told with less violence and in your face realism.
Mat and Dougie are the only reason I was able to catch my breath. I found myself grasping on to their humanity and begging that they will be able to hang on to it. Which is precisely why I have to read on. Even knowing the story will hurt me, I have to know more.
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Posted October 3, 2013
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