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REVIEW: “The Flesh Cartel, #19, Promise” By Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau

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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.


In my review of Episode #18 I said I trusted the authors. I do and I did and they gave me, yes ME, one hell of an ending to a fantastic story. I was a scared and anxious mess when I got the notification in my email that this was ready for download. I wanted it. I feared it and I was so unsure how this would play out in less than 100 pages. I was so sure we would get a triple length book so everything I wanted to happen could happen but I got all of that and then some despite the page length.

This review will be short, per my usual, though I could go on and on for thousands of words telling you what I loved: – Nate and Mat – what I was tickled to get a bit of – Nikolai – and what I wanted to see a bit more of towards the end – Dougie – but I won’t because I did get that. Maybe not to the extent my OCD was hoping for but I got. Dammit I got it and I am speechless with the final episode and all these boys have been through.

I remember when I first heard of this series; I had a serious talk with myself on starting it. Could I handle it? I wasn’t sure of that answer until I finished this and of course the answer is a Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally at the restaurant style YES!  This series, it is so hard to explain why I read it and why I kept reading it when folks read the first episode and never go back. I couldn’t leave Mat and Dougie. There was never a time when I considered not continuing on with the series, I just had to take longer breaks in between the harder episodes to read. Ugh, those ones were tough but there was always hope for the boys and that hope that I had, paid off.  I got the hope and I got a bit of romance and I got swoonage and I got the boys where they needed to be at the end.

The end? Goodness it was so good. I mean, that bit with Nikolai and Dougie; once again I was so torn with where the younger Carmichael should and would go and I just held my breath until it was over. I absolutely adore what the authors did with Dougie. I had no idea how they would end his story and make it, make Dougie okay with all that he has been through but they did it and they did it well. It was well done and believable, which, to be honest was huge for me. Dougie had been so brainwashed and controlled I needed his Happily Ever… whatever to be something I could believe in and I did. I am babbling I know.

Vindicating.  Satisfying. Safe. A reclamation of a life cruelly stolen.

Together, they’d figure it out. As long as they had each other, they had everything they needed.

So it’s over. Nineteen episodes read and reviewed. Nineteen episodes full of the biggest roller coaster of emotions that I have ever been on and I would do it all over again. Why? Because this series was unique, it was taboo, it was amazingly written and it was just, well… fucking perfect.



Title: The Flesh Cartel, #19: Promise
Author: Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 56
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Purchase Links: Riptide, Amazon, B&N 

About Sara

I'm a runner, a reader and a vegan food eater. I practice yoga and meditation. I live in a house full of boys and rescue dogs. I really need a vacation.

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