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Posted June 12, 2013
Dark and compelling
In Flesh Cartel 1: Capture, we met Mat and Dougie as they were kidnapped, tortured and raped before being processed. Processed for what they have no idea. All they know is that they don’t want to be separated.
In Flesh Cartel 2: Auction the title should give a hint as to what is going to happen. Dougie is abused by the guards, but because he has a butt plug locked into place protecting his healing ass he can’t be raped as he was before. Mat isn’t so lucky. In fact, he does his best to draw the abuse to himself trying to protect his brother. After what seems like forever they are taken out of their cells to be cleaned up and readied for auction. This isn’t going to end well.
Once again I found myself glued to the pages hoping against hope that Mat and Dougie would find some way to get back at their captors only to be heartbroken again and again over their treatment. Yet, still Mat soldiers on waiting, always waiting to make his move while Dougie appears to be mostly broken. Even if they escape would they be able to recover from their ordeal? Well, we won’t find out in this book especially after we see the outrageous amount of money that changes hands for the pretty boy Dougie and his brutish brother. I’m almost afraid to read more about them, but, of course, I must find out what happens and there are many episodes yet to go.
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Posted March 13, 2013
We find out that the brothers were abducted for human trafficking but why Dougie was targeted specifically was still unclear. I don't quite know how they find the people that they do, other than you realize that the people that they take have been fostered or have gone through the system somehow. So therefor they have no family looking for them if they were to disappear. Even though they didn't want Mat to begin with they have decided to present him to the potential buyers at the auction. Dougie is determined to do whatever he can to keep them together and to get auctioned off as a pair.
Not only was the first part about their horrible treatment while in captivity bad enough but then the auction is even more horrific. First they are cleaned up... well Dougie is. Mat is bruised and battered, drugged and then, to make him look more "bad-ass", they shave his head and take a razor to his eyebrow and stitch him up to give him a scar. I mean, seriously?! I just felt so bad for him. Then the things that they are made to do on stage for the potential buyers to try to get higher bids is just vile. My brain just couldn't wrap around it.
I don't normally read this type of genre 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.
I would classify this series as "horror erotica" if there even is such a thing. I mean, not only was it very graphic but like I said my eyes were bugging out of my head the entire time.
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