By Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau Editions: ebook Expected publication: February 4th 2013 by Riptide Publishing Genre: Adult M/M Contemporary / Slavery / Non-Con Source: review copy
In episode four of The Flesh Cartel, Mat and Dougie Carmichael begin their training with their new master, Nikolai, where they both learn the meaning of servitude . . . and of consequences for their choices.
For Mat, destined to be trained but not broken—to always fight but never win—life with Nikolai is suffering stacked on suffering. Nikolai pushes him to the edge but not over; he must never lose the hatred in his eyes. Dougie, on the other hand, is fated to love and crave service. For that, Nikolai must teach him the pleasures of a pampered sex slave, but training a straight man to revel in his gay captor’s touch is no easy feat.
As if the challenges Mat and Dougie face aren’t difficult enough, one last complication remains: before either brother can submit fully to Nikolai, they must first give up their strongest, most powerful loyalty: their dedication to each other.
This title is part of the The Flesh Cartel, Season 2: Fragmentation serial.
Bomy’s Flutter: intense and scary thrilling
As I suspected, the closer we get to one on one sort of instances for the brothers the more interested and engaged I am. This was the kind of 4 butterflies that’s a really close to 5. As before, there is violence. There’s always going to be, I suspect, this is a story about non-con slavery.
Horrible as it may be of me, I find I’m more and more a fan of Nikolai. He’s scary in that mind-f*cking uber-potential kind of way and I always find that entirely interesting. There’s a lot of psychology in his methods and he brings the sport of training slaves to a level of art, almost. I’m very curious how the brothers will respond by the end, but we shall live, read and find out. 😀 I like the complexity of Nikolai but I don’t much approve of his actions. I don’t have to, they just have to make sense and make him real – which they do. I love the way his mind works.
Dougie and Mat evolved somewhat predictably, by this point I think I can say I have a good grip, by large, on their characters. That sounded way dirtier then intended, lol, moving on. I liked how they kept their personalities even when confronted with new and terrible situations.
The atmosphere has shifted from blatantly physical abuse to physical and psychological – depending on which you find more terrifying, this is either less scary then some of the previous installments in the series or a lot scarier. Either way, the element of suspense and thrill are again well mastered (ha!). Though these reads are short they do a great job at getting you in their spell, it’s quite remarkable.
All in all, I liked how the story evolved and I am looking forward to the next one. Also, silly as it may be, I’m wishing the brothers will get some sort of less harsh ending because happy, at this point, doesn’t seem plausible. That’s ok, I’m not a big fan of happy endings anyway – I can’t quite believe in them. So a story that sort of promises to deliver an ending not happy is a lovely way to break some of that HEA routine.
If you’re into the master/pet and non-con, read this series.