Phew. There is a lot going on in this and what begins as quite the seductive read quickly turns dark as these characters deal with their addictions and trapped lives. But what transpires is just beautiful and not your typical romance. I loved all of our main characters, how they are intertwined and what constitutes family and love is quite thought provoking. I ended up loving all the father figures in this. Michael especially. And while his actions may seem over the top in terms of acceptance...I have to believe that as a loving parent you’d do and want anything to see your child happy...and that’s exactly what he does.
This book is now available for free on the author’s website ... https://sarahlgoodwin.wordpress.com/tag/ink/
...and while an excellent story there are a lot of typos and overall editing issues. So just look past these elements and see the beauty of the story within.
*Full Series (Episode 1-19) Non-Spoiler Review*
I am still quite speechless over this series. Absolutely one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and equally rewarding mind fucks I have ever read. And easily one of the best books/series I will read all year and one I would start all over again right now if I was not so emotionally drained. I will give this one time to fully digest and will most definitely be re-entering this Cartel again in the future.
Is this series for everyone? Likely not. But it is worth it...I guarantee. The physical abuse these boys are subjected to is like nothing I have ever read. And while there are series like those written by our dear Nicholas Bella, those are characters in which self healing is a part of their character makeup. That is simply not the case here. These are humans and they are slaves and part of a world which unfortunately I believe exists.
Not once was I bored or let down by a single episode. Each one beautifully crafted and quite thought provoking. You are constantly left wondering the mental state of these characters, if they are truly broken, playing along or just so fucked they don't know which way is up. While the physical torture is taxing, it is the mental torture that will leave you breathless.
Grab a friend and take the challenge. These boys will grab a hold of you and will not let you go. You will be yearning for more with each and every episode.
Thank you Marco for a BR I won't soon forget.