Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Flesh Cartel #11: Permanent Record (The Flesh Cartel #11)

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 after parties where he was too shy to say hello, he’s determined to solve the mystery and bring Mat and his little brother home.

I have invested a lot of brain cells in this series. This is one of pure hurt and evil. The sad part is, this goes on all the time and we sit here and only read about it. My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible existence.
Personally, I have no qualms with some BDSM. The M/M scene can be hot as hell as well. 

I have never been shy in the books that I read. This is no different. So, the reviews that bash the authors for such a sensitive topic need shut their mouths. Neither author held back with the plot, warnings, and descriptions of what was before them. No one forced you to open the book. If you do not the the utter fringes of sexuality and brutality, do not read. 

This book, opened the future for both Mat and Douglas. One, is totally submissive to the torture and has fallen in love with his captors. The other, is utterly destroyed. Forced to have sex with his brother and suffer untold horrors, only his love for brother and the belief in an iota of faith that they will be free keeps him going. Several of the scenes really bring the reader to see Mat in a different light. We knew he was defiant. Finally, we see more of what he thinks. 

Enter Nikolai. I do not know what to think of him. In a way I have grown attached to him. He truly does care for both of the brothers in his own way. He shows us that in this edition. However, I am curious about his fate. 

Finally, an agent enters the picture that refuses to rest until the brothers are found. We see the story of how the brothers vanished and the front that the Flesh Cartel put forward.   

We are entering the waning part of this story. I am sad in one aspect, yet I am happy that the brothers will (might) get their happy ending. I understand that the definition of an HEA is different than we might think. 

Welcome to a story of branding and utter emotional destruction. You will not be disappointed.

I want to thank Riptide for allowing me to read this for an honest review! 


Until Next Time, 

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