Review: Flesh Cartel #18, The Long Road by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

The Long Road

Series: Flesh Cartel #18
Review: Flesh Cartel #18, The Long Road by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

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

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


As this deals with Sex Slaves and Gay mostly M/M sexual encounters there are some elements that may upset readers or be triggering elements.  Please be aware of this reading the review and if you chose to read the book.


This the first of the Flesh Cartel books that I have read.  This is important because there are 17 novella’s before this and so a lot of the information that I was missing.  I immediately understood who Doug was, but not who Mat was, or the agent that Mat was snuggling up to.  As the pages went by, and trust me there weren’t a lot of those as this is a novella.


I enjoy how the authors are able to extract so much emotion in such a short time.   Their ability to personify Nate, Mat, and Doug for me as I have not read any of the other books was both extremely important and extremely present.  From the first sentence on I was hooked and wanted to read more.  I was immediately taken back by the emotions that exuded off of Doug and it instantaneously made me feel for him.

As this book is about human sexual slavery it was a little disturbing to start off with, like when you jump into a cold lake but then it warms up, or you go numb.  That is the way with this book, I was shocked at first but then it grew on me.

4 fangs

About Heidi Belleau

Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town NB, Canada. She now lives in the rugged oil-patch frontier of Northern BC with her husband, an Irish ex-pat whose long work hours in the trades leave her plenty of quiet time to write. She has a degree in History from Simon Fraser University with a concentration in British and Irish studies; much of her work centred on popular culture, oral folklore, and sexuality, but she was known to perplex her professors with unironic papers on the historical roots of modern romance novel tropes. (Ask her about Highlanders!) When not writing, you might catch her trying to explain British television to her newborn daughter or standing in line at the local coffee shop, waiting on her caramel macchiato.

About Rachel Haimowitz

M/M erotic romance author, freelance writer and editor, sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, proudly pervish. I'm a twitter addict (@rachelhaimowitz), and I blog every M/W/F at Fantasy Unbound. To learn all about my current and upcoming projects, please stop by my website. I love to hear from folks, so feel free to drop me a line anytime at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com.

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