The Flesh Cartle #3: Choices ~ Book Review ~

The Flesh Cartel #3Title: The Flesh Cartel Episode 3: Choices

Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Publication Status: Available 7 Jan 2013

Genre: Erotica, Fiction

Sub Genre: GLBT, Taboo, Male/Male

ISBN: 9781937551711

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

The Flesh Cartel returns for a compelling second season with “Choices.” Brothers Mat and Dougie Carmichael thought nothing could be worse than being snatched from their home and brutally dehumanized in preparation for sale as sex slaves. But they learn their suffering has only just begun when they’re shipped to their new master’s home.

Professional trainer Nikolai Petrovic is a master of his trade. His ultra-rich clientele pay him to create perfectly tailored playthings, and Mat and Dougie are the latest in a long line of men who have walked into his remote mountain home as terrified victims and left it permanently altered: subdued and obedient, ready and even eager for a life of service.

To achieve this, Nikolai must take a drastically different tack with each brother. Dougie, manipulated with affection and denial. Mat, controlled by pain and fear. The one thread in common for both men is choice. Nikolai prides himself on never forcing, but will Mat and Dougie submit willingly to his vision, or will they first need to learn the price of disobedience?

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Explicit violence & Non-consent

My View:

Intense. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the Flesh Cartel series. The story of Mat and Dougie’s involuntary decent into the dark world of human trafficking. The one thing they want is to stay together and protect each other. Their attempts to do just that, unfortunately, only causes more pain for themselves and the other. As we enter episode #3, they have been sold to as a pair to a nefarious buyer, but Dougie’s dreams of them being able to be there for each other are about to come crashing down around him.

I am once again declining to offer you a summary because I don’t know what I can say that the blurb doesn’t say. This is not a happy light read, but it is an excellent one. Mat and Dougie tug at your heart and you want so badly for them to have a HEA, but you know that will only get worse. The Flesh Cartel is a serial novel, which means each book is not so much a stand-alone and a part of the whole. They are broken up well, but you can’t read one without the rest.

What is the Flesh Cartel? Here is a description taken directly from the book itself

Sublime service, made to order.

The Flesh Cartel: an international, multi-billion-dollar black market that trades in lost souls. Or more specifically, their bodies.

Highly organized and frighteningly efficient, the Flesh Cartel could teach even the KGB a thing or two about breaking a human mind. Fortunately for their ultra-rich clients, they’re just as skilled at putting people back together again—as perfect pets, well-trained and eager to please.

No matter what your secret tastes or dark desires, the Flesh Cartel—for the right price, of course—will hand-design the plaything of your dreams.

I highly recommend this series, but know that it isn’t for the faint of hear by any stretch.

I would like to thank RipTide and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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