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. 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.
We’re very excited to be at Under the Covers today to reveal the cover art for the fifth and final season in the Flesh Cartel saga–thank you for joining us! (Beware vague spoilers to follow.) While the cover is very much in keeping with the feel and style of the rest of the series, the first thing you’ll probably notice is a distinct change in tone.
That cover is, well, downright hopeful.
And it should be. Because Season 5 is in fact an entire season full of Mat and Dougie, as free men once again, trying (and ultimately succeeding) to cope with and redefine their futures. With each other. With others. And perhaps most importantly, with themselves. After the breadth and depth of trauma they endured in the first four seasons, you can never go back to what you were before. But you can move forward. And Season 5 is all about how exactly they do move forward.
Which is why we specifically requested the placement of the characters (Mat resolutely leading Dougie by the hand, Dougie looking wistfully at the past they’re leaving behind), but it was our artist, Imaliea, who came up with the color scheme. She was the original mind behind the cool blue colors that have been featured on every cover so far, but for this cover, she did a little something different, saying she could “change it if need be.” Of course, we didn’t ask her to change it, because it’s bloody beautiful. She introduced a warm light coming in from the top corner, a light that Mat and Dougie are walking into. We loved it. It’s a perfect symbol for the tentative sense of hope.
And in the spirit of hope, here are a few spoilers for those of you terrified of how a series as dark as this might end. All you who are wishing to remain spoiler-free, stop here and just enjoy the cover! As for the rest? Read on . . .
1. Nate is in fact an end-game love interest for Mat. It’s certainly not going to be an easy road–no magical healing cock here–and also not exactly a traditional road, but it’s a road nonetheless, and it does lead to a happy ending for them both.
2. Dougie renames himself yet again, once more as part of carving a new identity from the ashes of his old life. This time, he’s carving in a nice, healthy direction.
3. Someone dies. No, we aren’t telling you who. No, it’s probably not who you think it’ll be. Or even who you’re hoping it’ll be. Yes, we’re kinda sad about it. (Heidi: Really sad, actually.)
Thanks again for joining us–and thanks so much to Under the Covers for hosting us–and we hope you, erm . . . enjoy? . . . Season 4. Hang tight, Season 5 is coming, and we promise, with it comes hope.
About the Authors:
Heidi Belleau was born and raised in small town New Brunswick, 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.
Connect with Heidi:
- Blog: www.heidibelleau.com
- Twitter: @HeidiBelleau
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/heidibelleau
- Email: [email protected]
Rachel is an M/M erotic romance author and the Publisher of Riptide Publishing. She’s also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.
When she’s not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.
Connect with Rachel:
- Website: rachelhaimowitz.com
- Tumblr: rachelhaimowitz.tumblr.com
- Twitter: @RachelHaimowitz
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/metarachel
- Email: [email protected]
And speaking of hope, leave a comment sharing your ideal happy ending for all your favorite characters (those you love to love and those you love to hate!) in the Flesh Cartel, and we’ll pick one winner at random to receive a print copy of Season 1.