Heat: N/A - Very dark subject matter.
Hero: Mat – Fighter, Brother
Hero: Douglas – Intellectual, Brother
This story contains explicit violence, forced incest, and non-consent.
In this installment, The Flesh Cartel #3: Choices, we find Mat and Dougie leaving the Madame, after the horrific events the boys endured at the auction. They are now under the care and tutelage of Nikolai. And by care and tutelage, I mean the systematic breaking down of their hearts, minds, souls, and bodies.
All at the hands of the man we’ve only seen glimpses of until now. In this installment, Nikolai is a major character and point of view. We get to see and experience his training style and techniques. Discover what he's hoping for from Mat and Dougie—obedience and hate from Mat and acquiescence and worship from Dougie. And his methods for getting those very things from them are very persuasive and... thorough.
Mat and Dougie are forced to live two different kinds of hell on earth. Dougie is no longer allowed to be a passive participate. Nikolai won’t take him by force. No, it’s made all the worse because it is now a choice Dougie has to make. He has to be engaged in and initiate his own violations. And Mat has his own choices he has to make... and frequently learns the consequences of making the wrong choice.
But our boys are still in there. They’re still fighting. Surviving. I honestly don’t know how they are, but they are. There are so many times that I had to stop because I involuntarily closed my eyes to shut out the ugliness. The horrors. And, when it was over, I practically ran to go love on my dog and get some much needed kisses.
Because Miz Haimowitz and Miz Belleau are master manipulators, maestros of emotions, and aren’t afraid to go there. They’re not afraid to royally fuck with their characters. And, because of that, I have no idea where the story is going or what’s going to happen next... but I do know that I’m fully invested in both Mat and Dougie.
And I’m still hoping for them to get their much deserved revenge.
Thoughts While Reading:
47.0% - "How does it keep getting worse?! Seems impossible."
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