Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Flesh Cartel #1: CaptureThe Flesh Cartel #1: Capture by Heidi Belleau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ebook, 75 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN13 9781937551681
Edition Language English

Per Riptide Publishing:
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:
  • explicit violence
  • forced incest
  • non-consent

Trauma. Shock. It's too big, too fresh to be real yet.

Brutal, graphic, terrorizing and raw. Not a romance and not for the faint of heart.

This book was a sprint, with hurdles. Flying right out of the blocks there was no slowing down until crossing the finish line when I was gasping for breath and shaking.


I found the two main characters to be vivid, real and so likeable that they are quite the antithesis to the crude nature of the story. Fascinating.

Mat - The fighter. The underdog just trying to survive so that his brother can live.

Dougie - Sweet, breakable and intelligent. His gentle nature is heartbreaking. He loves his brother more than himself and is smart enough to know that's a terrible weakness.


I found the writing flawless. I think it would have been easy to spin me right out of the story if the writing hadn't been spot on. With the seriousness of the subject, I was so focused that I would have noticed a lack of perfection.


Brutal erotica focusing on the raw world of skin trade. We start with the abduction of the two brothers which barely gives us a hint of what is to come. Scary, graphic and even gruesome. None-the-less captivating and gripping. The story, in fact, is all the more consuming for it's intensity. Honestly, I don't think this story could, or should be told with less violence and in your face realism.

Mat and Dougie are the only reason I was able to catch my breath. I found myself grasping on to their humanity and begging that they will be able to hang on to it. Which is precisely why I have to read on. Even knowing the story will hurt me, I have to know more.

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