In episode two of The Flesh Cartel, the dark purpose behind Mat and Dougie Carmichael’s abduction is revealed. Though Dougie is protected from the worst of the guards’ brutality, he’s disgusted to find himself halfway to broken—despairing of escape and terrified of pain. Mat holds onto hope despite repeated rapes and beatings, but threats toward his brother teach him well to lay aside his pride and pick his battles carefully.
Worn down by days of unrelenting fear and abuse, Mat and Dougie are packaged and marketed with the same ruthless efficiency as any consumer product: Dougie the prettyboy twink, Mat the rabid pit bull. They are led to the auction block as the showpiece of the house’s collection.
Mat would rather be beaten to death than play the role of obedient slave for sale, but Dougie, desperate not to be separated from his brother, strikes a deal with the pitiless Madame who runs the auction house and controls both their fates. It might just be enough to keep them together—slaves, but together—assuming Mat even wants to be after Dougie fulfills his end of his deal with the devil.
(Publisher’s note: This title contains material some may find objectionable or trigger-inducing, including explicit violence, non-consent, and forced incest.)
Even though I have the complete collection of The Flesh Cartel… Even though it only takes a short time to read each installment (Auction was only an estimated 75 pages)… I’m still planning on reading it in sections. I honestly don’t think I could take more than that. This series is that intense.
For obvious reasons, I can’t really say that I’m enjoying The Flesh Cartel, but it’s a series that I’m glad that I started and I have every intention of finishing. Even though it’s not an easy read, it’s full of so many levels of emotion it’s hard to put down. The love between Mat and Dougie. The strength of the bond that these brothers share. Not to mention the strength that keeps them both alive. Those are the things that keep me coming back.
Readers were given a closer look at some of the other characters. It’s obvious that things are going to get even more interesting as the series progresses. Auction also marks the end of the first ‘season.’ The second ‘season’ begins with Choices and continues with Consequences, Wins and Losses and Brotherhood.