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Mat and Douglas’s time as Nikolai’s wards is finally drawing to a close. Though torn apart by Nikolai’s machinations, their fates are still inextricably entwined: they’ve been sold to the same cruel master, and are united in their desire to go home. But “home” means two different things to the brothers: for Mat, their little bungalow in Nevada, and for Douglas, a swift return to Nikolai and Roger, the only people he believes still love him.
But first they must survive their new master. Smythe Hall is a twisted island paradise where Americans affect British accents and slaveboys dress up as slave girls, all at the whims of the rich and megalomaniacal Allen Smythe-Kennedy.
Meanwhile, FBI Special Agent Nate Johnson can’t let the case of the missing brothers lie. He knows it’s a waste of resources to chase ghosts down a cold trail, but after admiring Mathias “Stonewall” Carmichael ringside and at countless afterparties where he was too shy to say hello, he’s determined to solve the mystery and bring Mat and his little brother home.
Each time I start a new episode with this series, I prepare myself for the worst and hope for the best, this was no exception. The title of this alone makes me start to hyperventilate.
Mat and Dougie are being delivered to their new master, Allen. The crazy MoFo who bought both of them from Nikolai. Mat is pissed, of course, being gagged and tied up like the animal they fear and yet want him to be. His plots for escape on the journey hurt my heart. I know, I know this has to happen but I am so afraid for him, for them to try again. I mean, last time was a crap shoot and look what happened?
We got a whole lot of Mat in this one and though I have passed him over in previous episodes; I fucking loved him in this. The boy is amazing, just amazing and I know Mat will survive. His mind is this wondrous place that knocks me on my ass. Mat’s fight, his drive and his skills come forward and claim the win of this round. There was so much in this, my fingers are itching to talk about and there isn’t anyone I can talk to about it. Will someone please come talk to me about this so I can tell you that this episode, twelve into the series and the authors finally made me break into sobs.
You would think with the forced incest, ingestion of numerous body fluids, beatings, humiliation and everything these brothers go through in the series I would have cried already. Nope. Choked up yes but never cried yet this episode reduced me to sobs making me hold my Nook and weep. I wept and then I got pissed for this reason alone; Nikolai may be a manipulative sadistic bastard but Allen is a fucking monster. A MONSTER!
Oh where, oh where has my Dougie gone? Oh where, oh where can he be? With his new name of Douglas Petrovic he is exactly the creature Nikolai created. I adored him as the perfect slave for Nikolai and companion slave to Roger but, poor Dougie. I mean, just the room he shares in his new home leaves much to be desired but I was glad he found his freckled ginger boy. I do have a soft spot for them.
Dougie is lost in this new world with Allen. He is not the treasured slave he was with Nikolai, he is simply the baggage who came with buying Mat. Dougie is determined to do all his true master has asked of him in this new home and he will do it well because he wants to get back to him. I am lost with who I want Dougie to be at the end of this — there is much of Dougie I am still conflicted with … who am I kidding? There is much to this whole series which has me conflicted. I don’t know what to want or what to hope for, it is a recurring theme with my reviews I know.
Now while this was mostly Mat and I was on board with more Mat, I was in LOVE with Nate. OMG! Nate, Nate, NATE! All he brings, all he wants and all that he can possibly do? Dare I hope? Dare I put all my hope onto this man? Ack!
Pleasure Island was a rollercoaster of emotions. The end? Still has me a mess but Mat, I am with you. I am with you.
Title: The Flesh Cartel #12: Paradise Island
Authors: Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 2, 2013
Purchase Links: Riptide