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Posted January 14, 2013
Another exhilarating read!
Once again I find Mat and Dougie facing the imaginable. Dougie has just done a horrible thing to Mat only so they could have a chance to stay together. He is immediately taken away and it starts.
Agonizing remorse, intolerable anguish, oppressive fear and torturous desolation.
These were brought to the page brilliantly. I could feel what Dougie felt. While I was reading about Dougie, I was in the darkness with him, giving up, suffering. I wanted to stop reading. I wanted to continue. A voice inside my head kept saying that he HAD to survive, that they would be together and that it would end. My heart broke, my tears fell, but I could NOT stop reading.
On it continued with Mat. The strong one. Relentless in his determination to survive this - whatever the cost - Mat's suffering cut me the deepest. To see my Mat broken and lost was unbearable. My heart was beating erratically, my fingers shook with every tap of my tablet, but I could not step away.
Gut-wrenching pain, everlasting exhaustion, excruciating uncertainty.
All these emotion were exhilarating and taxing to my heart. I was beyond angry. I was murderous with rage. I was sad. I was in agony. But I had to know, would things be different once they were in Nikolai's hands?
Which brings me to Nikolai Petrovic. A cold-hearted bastard of a man, Nikolai turned out to be everything I was fearing. He went to the heart of my boys - to their bond and their need to be together. He was direct and never wavered. He was deceitful and played on Dougie's state of mind and Mat's devotion to his brother. To tell you the truth, I have to admire his scheming mind even if I was repulsed by his actions, because the way he manipulated those boys was original and effective.
I don't have to say that the writing was phenomenal, but I will express my admiration anyway. The world that Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau created is brilliant in a cruel, screwed up way. The characters alone captivate me each and every time, but the emotions brought to the page is what brakes me and keeps me coming back. How can I abandon my boys? All they want is to be together, to get through this, to survive. I want that for them too.
Like the previous episodes, this was not an easy read, but it was an amazing piece of work. From the characters to the range of emotions, this serial put its claws in me since the first episode and has not let me go. I wouldn't want it any other way anyhow. This serial continues to surprise and pull me in and I can't wait until the next episode comes out.
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Posted July 10, 2013
This is such a heart wrenching story. Luckily the brothers get somewhat of a break in this one (if you can even call it that). Their new Master is Nikolai, and he kind of refurbishes the slaves he buys and molds them into what a potential buyer would like. So unlike the brutal men who raped Mat and Dougie, this man is all about training. His goal is to beat them down and then reshape them into the perfect slaves for their owners.
Poor poor Mat. Due to his fighters pride, he always seems to get the most brutal attention. Nikolai is no exception. He plans to condition Mat to keep his fighting spirit but to still be subservient to his Master, which is proving to be a difficult task. Mat is shot up with drugs that make his nervous system go haywire anytime he does something that dissatisfies Nikolai. Meanwhile Dougie is isolated at treated like a baby bird. He's cherished by Nikolai and is given a tender hand by him. But of course, one wrong misstep on Dougie's part will come with ramifications and he soon learns to make sure Nikolai is happy with him.
Gosh, this was another great episode to the story. It wasn't as horrific as the first season was but that could also be because I knew what to expect this time around. I've never read a story before that had me so shocked and disgusted the entire time but still managed to keep me from putting the book down. It's like driving by an accident on the road. We've all done it, rubbernecked to see all the horrible details, this story is no exception.
Posted February 8, 2013