The Flesh Cartel #2: Auction by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Sublime service, made to order.
In episode two of The Flesh Cartel, the dark purpose behind Mat and Dougie Carmichael’s abduction is revealed. Though Dougie is protected from the worst of the guards’ brutality, he’s disgusted to find himself halfway to broken—despairing of escape and terrified of pain. Mat holds onto hope despite repeated rapes and beatings, but threats toward his brother teach him well to lay aside his pride and pick his battles carefully.
Worn down by days of unrelenting fear and abuse, Mat and Dougie are packaged and marketed with the same ruthless efficiency as any consumer product: Dougie the prettyboy twink, Mat the rabid pit bull. They are led to the auction block as the showpiece of the house’s collection.
Mat would rather be beaten to death than play the role of obedient slave for sale, but Dougie, desperate not to be separated from his brother, strikes a deal with the pitiless Madame who runs the auction house and controls both their fates. It might just be enough to keep them together—slaves, but together—assuming Mat even wants to be after Dougie fulfills his end of his deal with the devil.
*sigh* This is a hard book to rate. This is part of series that is being published. It is VERY graphic and harsh and not for the faint of heart. Doug and Mat have been kidnapped and have no clue why and what is to become of them. They have been brutalized, raped and dehumanized. They are “holes” and are to act exactly as their kidnappers demand or the punishment is unbelievable.
As I’ve said this is a brutal story. I’ve thought of stopping reading it because it is so harsh and seems that there is no hope for the brothers, especially for Mat who is the less wanted of the two. I must admit right off the writing is gritty but good. You really feel for the brothers. The authors do a wonderful job of putting you right into the men’s head space and bring you suffering along. The character grab you from the start and the more the story goes and you learn about these men the more you become attached to them. It’s easy to feel for either of them though they each go through very different suffering. The quality that the two author bring to the story is amazing. If not for that I would never had finish the first book.
This is a book that is hard to read but sooooo good. It is so hard to explain the disgust you can get with it and yet want to keep reading. If this wasn’t just a single piece of a bigger story I would give it a bouquet but I just can’t go that far with this story and how short it was.
Posted on Sunday, October 13th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Five Roses, M/M Romance, Serial Fiction, Short Story: 1-100 pages, TJ and tagged Five Roses, Heidi Belleau, M/M Romance, Rachel Haimowitz, Riptide Publishing, Short Story. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.