Review: Flesh Market by Kate Lowell (Bodies and Souls Book 1)

Blurb:
Special Agent Leo Gale is up a creek. A year and a half of deep cover is about to go up in flames. He needs help – something, someone to salvage the operation and save the lives of untold numbers of trafficked teenagers.

But he wasn’t expecting the partner they sent, or his own gut-punch of a response to the man.

Julian worked hard for that FBI Honors Internship. It was supposed to be a foot in the door. He’d never expected it to catapult him into the middle of a major undercover operation. Yet here he is, sleeping on a filthy mattress and using every trick in the book to avoid torture—and worse. He’s never felt so scared, or so alive, in his entire life, and he’s not sure if it’s the danger, or Leo, that’s making his heart race.

There’s no time to think about it, though. The operation is heating up, and Leo and Julian are running out of time and options. As choices become more difficult, they must find a way to take the traffickers down, or risk becoming just another set of organs for sale.

Review:
I love this story. I loved Julian and Leo. They go through so much while they’re undercover. They make some tough decisions and my heart hurts for Julian and what happened to him. I so didn’t think they were going to make it through at times. Right at the end of the operation I thought Julian was done for sure!
It was hard to read some of the details and things that happened in the trafficking ring. But the details are well laid out and clearly researched. The topic was handled well despite the graphic nature of the topic.
I loved how the relationship between Julian and Leo built slowly while they were undercover and they made sure there weren’t issues once they were back. You could tell they were taking the right path for them. The ending is a solid happy for now. They have firm plans to make a relationship work once they get somewhere permanent. It’s the first book in a new series and I cannot wait to read more from these characters and the world created. I desperately need the sequel to this book. I hope the open ends, few though they may be, get tied up in the following books. I want David to have a story too. He is such a sweetie and is such a help to Julian. I also need a story where Shiro is saved and finds his happy ending.
Stars:
Four and a half

Excerpt:
Inside the bathroom, DeGraff peered behind the door and moved an OUT OF SERVICE FOR CLEANING sign from the back to the front.

Julian was at the sink at the far end of the room, staring into the mirror with water dripping off his face. DeGraff stepped into one of the stalls, and Leo went to wash his hands at one of the other sinks. Julian glanced up at him, then tore off some paper towel and wiped his face dry. He tossed the towel in the overflowing garbage can and slunk past Leo with all the angsty self-consciousness of a hormonal teenager.

Leo wished he had time to appreciate the performance, but he had a job to do. As Julian passed him, Leo spun and grabbed him from behind, pinning Julian’s arms to his side and covering his mouth. Julian made a startled noise, muffled by Leo’s hand, and began to thrash. He kicked Leo painfully in the shin, but by then DeGraff was out of the stall and had jabbed his syringe into Julian’s shoulder. Leo fought the young man down to the floor while DeGraff stood watch by the bathroom door. Five tense minutes later, Julian was completely spaced out, limp as a rag in Leo’s arms.

About Kate:
Kate lives on the east coast of Canada, in an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. She has one horse now, who still has medical issues, and three cats, all of which still have mental issues. She still refuses to get a dog, because who knows what would be wrong with it?

Kate loves to read and write. She also likes playing with computers and is going back to school to do a programming degree, just for giggles. Or the opportunity to take over the world. (Oh, who are we kidding? Think of all the work that would mean.) She also likes pictures of pretty men and keeps many of them on her computer. (The pictures, not the men.) She would dearly love a cabana boy to mow her lawn and maybe rub her shoulders after a long day of making men fall in love with each other, then cackling evilly and raining frustration and danger on them. 

Author Contact:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008313548018
Twitter: @Kate_Lowell
Website: www.katelowell.com 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7132484.Kate_Lowell

Where To Buy:
Loose Id: http://www.loose-id.com/bodies-and-souls-1-flesh-market.html

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