Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Flesh Cartel #13: The House Always Wins
Author: Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz
Series: Flesh Cartel #13
Genre: M/M, Action, Thriller, Erotica, Horror
Length: 74 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 6, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: 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 slave boys 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.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: dubious consent, explicit violence, non-consent.
This series has held my interest strong throughout each installment. This episode takes a bit of a turn as the boys settle into things on Allen’s island. It picks up right where the last one left off, with the party having come to an end and the boys no longer needed. Douglas finds his way into Allen’s wife’s favor while Mat recuperates from his whipping. Douglas finds happiness serving his Mistress while Matt still has hopes of escape. But things take a turn as this story moves on and Mat finds himself fighting again.
The brothers are played against each other just as they were meant to, and while Dougie remains detached from Mat, Mat continues to push for Dougie. They each find ways to give Allen what he wants without really giving it to him completely. It really doesn’t seem possible that Dougie can ever recover from this ordeal, but I guess we shall see. They are continually subjected to horrible things, not the least of which is the reappearance of Daddy who gave such a horrific performance in his previous scene. He is just as creepy this time around, but that’s all I’ll say about that.
This segment moves the story along a bit more than the previous one, and I found I was more than ready for that to happen. I was again left holding my breath and not able to imagine how things can possibly end well from here. I’m still hooked on this well-written horror story and eagerly await the next morsel.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*