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REVIEW: “The Flesh Cartel #18: The Long Road” 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 Long Road… it sure is. Dougie and Mat. Mat and Dougie. Mat and Nate. Nate and Mat. They have all been through so much and the ride is not over. I have been sitting on this review for weeks because I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to tell you and I don’t know how this is going to end.

Dougie, er uh, I mean Doug is out of control. He is supposed to be doing what he can do make himself better but instead he decides to fall back on what he does best. As always, seeing this happen is hard to read. I love Dougie, (he will always be Dougie to me,) I do but the self-destructive behavior is so counterproductive to what they need to do to move on.

Was that what he was doing? Pretending? Discarded pet pretending he could still be loved? Masterless slave pretending he could run his own life, make his own choices?
Be a real boy?


Mat… you have a chance at real love with Nate but your devotion to your brother, that I adore, is weighing you down and yet I don’t want you to stop. You give Dougie so much and he just takes and takes and things really get screwed up there for a bit *cringes* yeah, that was hard to read considering all you boys have been through, but I do love how you dealt with it.

But my poor Dougie, you make me so confused as always and then you had to go and use the computer and search and you broke my heart. What you read broke my heart, I did not want that to happen. I thought it might but I didn’t want it. Your brother loves you Dougie and only wants the best for you and he will always be there but you have to let him, Doug. You really do.

And Nate, my lovely, lovely Nate. That whole scene in the shower? I can’t. I can’t deal with it or even look at the notes on my highlights on it without breaking down. I cannot say how much I love you being in this story, how much I love you and your love for Mat and all it can give him and you. Gah. Nate, you are the man, um… man.

So yeah, I haven’t said much have I? I am just so worried about how the next episode; the last episode of this season and the last episode of this entire series will end. I peeked at the page number for episode 19 and had a minor freak out. I trust these authors, I would not have read the series if I didn’t as they carried me through with their gorgeous storytelling, but 56 pages? Are you kidding me? How the hell can it be wrapped up in so few pages? Will we know what is up with Nikolai and does he know what happened and the trial and Dougie? OMG! What is going to happen to Dougie? What will be his HFN or dare I dream an HEA? What is going to happen to Mat and to Mat and Nate?

I trust these authors….




FC5E18_TheLongRoad_500x750Title: The Flesh Cartel, #18: The Long Road
Author: Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 56
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide, B&N, Amazon

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