By Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau Editions: ebook Published: June 3rd 2013 by Riptide Publishing Genre: Adult MxM Slavery / Abuse Source: review copy
With a wedge at last driven between Mat and Dougie Carmichael, courtesy of Nikolai Petrovic’s expert manipulations, the brothers must each accept their new path forward: Dougie, a perfect slave, sweet and obedient and loving. Mat, a tightly reined dog, snarling and snapping but never allowed to bite.
Unfortunately, no transformation, however well planned, is without its growing pains. Mat’s leash is so tight it’s choking him. Dougie is tormented by a little voice inside his head—a fragment of his former self—that he cannot silence.
And Nikolai’s most difficult tests for the brothers are still to come.
The critical question isn’t whether they can pass those tests, but whether they even want to. Without each other to lean on and live for, a bleak future has become bleaker still. But Nikolai’s too good to let his slaves slip through his fingers—by death or by despair.
A noose, a nighttime sky, a shared lover, an unexpected friend. A foreboding forest cabin. A lavish party with all the debauchery Nikolai’s clientele could want. It’s all coming in season 3 of the Flesh Cartel.
Bomy’s Flutter: felt like an in-between
It’s been a couple months since I read the last installment in The Flesh Cartel. Back then, if you remember, I mainly thought #6 was heavy on the horror, light on the fun. Very light on the fun, as in I was just minfucked and horrified, but it was done beautifully. When I got this little baby for review, I didn’t think if I did or didn’t want to read it, I just jumped right in. It would be petty, I think, to comment on lengths (we never comment, do we? lol!), I’ll say that this felt shorter than other reads in the series emotionally-wise. Let me explain.
Dougie and Mat reach a new level of headspace in Nikolai’s game. They’re starting to reach (or reject) new levels of service-rendering, you might call it. I’m not sure how and why this happened, but surprisingly enough I didn’t really enjoy the reading experience of this level. I think it had a lot to do with not getting any real emotion going on about either of the brothers. I was emotionally invested in Mat, but I got little of him. Dougie I disconnected from. Something about the way he evolved made me take a step back, somehow. And while I liked Nikolai in some episodes, and hated his guts in others, in this one I just didn’t react to him much. Which is surprising especially because we get to find out more about his past, about him as a person. Or near-person, maybe. I should have loved him and Dougie right here, because they’re getting to have some pseudo-relationship thing going on, but I just didn’t respond to any of it.
As soon Nikolai began to have a sort-of relationship with Dougie, I disconnected (from both). Shocking as you might find it (and as I did as well), Dougie and Nikolai’s one on one, while just as well written as other scenes in the series were, didn’t reach me at all either. Once you take the emotion out of it, for me, it’s all about mechanics. Which can be ingenious, and complex, and well done – but mechanic. I repeat, this is my personal reading experience.
The writing in itself was just as good as in other installments, and the complexity, themes of the story remained the same by large. But to me, this episode came with a twist that made me disconnect. I’m about driven crazy to find out what’s happening next, because this one ends with an evil cliffhanger regarding the one character I care about right now.
I really liked the cover of this episode, it’s very fitting.
If you’re reading this series, you very well might enjoy it. For me, it somehow didn’t work as previous episodes did. Maybe the next one will, we’ll see in a couple of weeks when I get to read it.
All in all, this was an interesting addition to the series, but in my case it didn’t pack the punch previous episodes did.
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