Early Review: Twenty-Five by Rachel Haimowitz & Heidi Belleau

Reviewed by JustJen

20691958Title: Twenty-Five
Author: Rachel Haimowitz, Heidi Belleau
Series: The Flesh Cartel #15
Heroes: Doug/Mat
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 75 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing 
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 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.


I am really happy that things are moving forward at this point in the story. At this point, Mat has agreed to be the bait in order to take down the Cartel in order to save Dougie and all the other slaves, current and future.

When he is finally “picked up” by the bounty hunters, he is both relieved and worried beyond belief at what he will now have to endure before the feds can make their move. He thinks he can handle it after what he has already experienced, but he goes through quite a bit more before he even gets to Nikolai.

Meantime, Dougie has been gone for twenty-five days. For every day he has been gone, Allen has sent a photo of Dougie to Nikolai in various stages of torture, promising to continue until he gets Mat returned to him. He plans to take this out on Mat in order to break him for good, starting with twenty-five injections, one for each day.

The tables are turned when the feds step in, and Nikolai is forced to help them take down the Cartel by giving them names, locations, etc., with the finale being a party with everyone involved in attendance when he turns Mat over to Allen.

Mat is struggling. He knows he needs to put on the performance of his life, but getting into that headspace is proving difficult with Nate thrown into the mix.

This continues to prove an engrossing story, and I’m still gobbling up the pages. I want to get to the end to see what happens when Dougie is recovered, as I have many questions and thoughts as to how that is going to go down. So much is up in the air where he is concerned, but I feel we are close to seeing that play out. This series is very well written, never without wonderfully cringe worthy details. As with the others, I cannot wait for the next installment.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: