Title: Backdoor Politics
Author: C.L. Mustafic
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Genre(s): BDSM, Contemporary, Drama, Gay, GLBT, Horror, Thriller
Page Count: 317 pages
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Kamal is a by-the-book mercenary and hitman who keeps to himself, dealing with the brutal politics of the Bosnian underworld. He has had very few ties to the world around him since the war that left him broken and betrayed by his lover. An encounter with a fellow mercenary, whose job it is to kidnap the adult son of the only man Kamal ever loved, leads Kamal to do something irrational. In an isolated cabin in the mountains of Bosnia with his hostage, Kamal follows the well laid-out plan of his predecessor, but somewhere along the way things get personal. In Kamal’s care, Zijad becomes more than just an object standing in for his father, but a job is a job and Kamal is a professional. When questions and tensions begin to mount, Kamal begins to put the pieces together for himself, and doesn’t like what he finds. Can Kamal get his revenge and keep Zijad or will he have to trade one passion for the other?
I was so intrigued by this book. I love dark theme books and this was just what I was looking for. It had some low moments but overall I really loved it.
Kamal wasn’t a likable MC, which was very interesting to me, he didn’t make me like the book any bit less because I didn’t liked him. I find it hard to believe anyone will like him, but he is a very intriguing character and it was great getting to know him. Zijad, on the other hand, was a lovely character. I loved him from the start. Every reaction and every emotion coming from him felt very realistic, it wasn’t difficult to care for him. The psychological elements used on him were really interesting.
I struggle a little when the book started because it was at such slow pace that I got a little bored, but I keep reading and it got so much better, although considering how slow it was at the beginning, it felt a little rushed at the end, but it was very exciting and I liked it. The plot was great, there are some amazing twist that I definitely didn’t see coming. I really don’t like books about politics, and this one has some important political influence, at least the part we don’t often get to see, the darkest part of it, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t deal with. It made me wonder how much of such events could be true.
There are some flashback of Kamal’s life that help to understand him a little better, but it didn’t help me to care for him. It did helped to understand his attitude towards some people, but not to feel any empathy for him. I think his emotions, mostly, remain a mystery and I liked it that way. I’d read very few books like this, where I loved the book even if I didn’t liked the main character.
The relationship between Kamal and Zijad is hard to explain. I ended up caring for them and want them together, but it was hard for me to get there. We only get to see Kamal’s point of view for most of the book and I do think the story was better told that way, but I kept wonder what was Zijad thinking at some points.
What I liked the most about the book were the first moments of Zijad on it. It was great not knowing what to expect. I couldn’t even guess what the actual plan was or how far Kamal would go, who he will be loyal to. It was a really great book. I had a great time reading, but I love dark theme books and I generally love the villains on them. Even though I think anyone who like dark themes would like it, I think the book lacks some important warnings, so before reading it beware this book content non-con, dub-con, graphic violence, abduction among others elements that could be triggering and might not be suitable for any reader.