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REVIEW: “The Flesh Cartel #15: Twenty-Five” by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau



In the exciting final season of the Flesh Cartel . . .

With the help of the FBI, Mat Carmichael has let himself be re-taken by the Flesh Cartel. Objective? Rescue his brother, exact revenge, and destroy the entire organization from the inside.

FBI Special Agent Nate Johnson will be playing backup, of course, but to get Dougie out alive, Mat will need to make sure his brother is out of Allen’s clutches before calling in the troops. Now that Mat’s back in bondage, though, there’s no way he can do it alone. He’ll have to ask for help from the only man within the Cartel who cares about Dougie’s welfare: Nikolai. And even knowing it will destroy him, Nikolai delivers.

Bringing down the Cartel should have been the hardest part, but it doesn’t take long to realize that the real challenge has only just begun. Dougie doesn’t know how to be free anymore, and Mat is forced to admit that he may no longer be strong enough to help himself, let alone his brother. But with loved ones in their corner and their love for each other banked but not extinguished, Mat and Dougie learn that you can come home again, no matter how desperate the circumstances you’ve left behind.


***Note: The last reviews for this series will be brief. There is so much in this last season that cannot be talked about without spoiling and I refuse to do that. Just know, for me, this journey with Mat and Dougie – as hard as it was at times and yes including the ones where I thought I wouldn’t make it – were worth it. It was all worth it.
The title of this episode hurts. Knowing what the number means to Mat, Doguie and even to Nate and Nikolai. Knowing the deal Mat has made, the deal to be reeducated had me holding my breath. I know it’s something he has to do, but I don’t want him to do it. His short time under the abuse was so tough, this was going to be like doing it all over again… for everyone. For Mat and for me. The lengths he will go to for his brother, for Dougie, after all that has happened to them. After all that has happened between them.

Mat had only been doing what he’d needed to survive.

Oh Mat, I felt him so much more for you this time around and then MY GOD Nate. Nate Nate Nate!!! I adore the hell out of this White Knight. Call it a syndrome or not, I don’t care. I love Nate and I love the things he says to Mat and their small moments together. I want so much for both men that I can’t stand it. There have been some moments, believe it or not, that are full on swoon worthy with these two. They kill me and I can’t stand what both of them are prepared to do so that Mat can get Dougie back. I can’t believe Nikolai is doing what he is doing and what everyone is planning.
This could be a mess that may turn into a massacre, but I can’t stop reading. I said from the beginning I would never turn my back on these boys. That I would see this to the end, and I stick to my promises. But oh… that end. That head space. *sigh* Aww Mat…

The same fighter I always saw. But now, a hero too. The bravest fucking man I’ve ever known.




FC5E15_TwentyFive_500x750Title: The Flesh Cartel, #15: Twenty-Five
Author: Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 75
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide, B&N, Amazon

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