Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Flesh Cartel 18: The Long Road
Author: Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Series: Flesh Cartel #18
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 88 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing
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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.
Review: At this point in the game, there really isn’t that much more than can be said about how these are written. If you’ve made it this far, you are, like me, riveted to see these boys through to the very end. Surely, that says enough about the writing in this tale. It is a tight, well put together product.
As for the story, being the next to last book, almost seems like the calm before the storm. After all, the big finale is coming up. The story still moves along a bit, with Doug still having many issues with his identity and where he fits in the world. One thing I found odd was that it felt as though Doug should have been in some majorly heavy duty therapy after his rescue, but he seems to just be set aside awaiting trial. Granted, the extra therapy didn’t seem to go so well for Roger, but still, it feels as though Doug should be getting more professional attention than he is.
Mat is still struggling as well. He is dealing with his own PTSD issues, as well as how to handle Doug, and he seems to be getting to the breaking point just before he finds more strength from God knows where. He and Nate are realizing they want to get closer but things stand in their way for now.
This has been a long, sometimes very difficult, road, to be sure. All I know is that even though I don’t want it to end, I cannot wait for the conclusion.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*