Underneath His Armor (Outlaw MC, 2) by James Cox ~ Book Review by Lirtle

underneath his armor cover 1 Title: Underneath His Armor (Outlaw MC, 2)

Author: James Cox

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

What if bad guys ruled the world and the good guys were the outlaws?

As President of the Outlaw MC of Mars, Knox needs to keep his head clear and always stay on alert. That’s easier said than done. In the middle of this war with the government, another MC wants to start making some big moves. Knox knows they need to watch the their backs but he also wants to protect his club brothers.

Knox and Liam grew up looking out for one another. That didn’t change when they were sent to prison or when they turned helplessness into a thriving motorcycle club. But Knox is determined to hold Liam at a distance to keep the MC objective safe. When Liam is injured, Knox is faced with a terrible truth. What if Liam dies before Knox can say just how much he loves the sexy VP?

Explosions, hover bikes, corruption, and hot sex. Will life on Mars keep two men from finding happiness together?

Lirtle’s View:

As book one, Chaos Unchained, focused on Chaos and Beau, this story centers around Knox, the MC Prez, and Liam, his VP. They’ve been friends since they were teenagers, and it’s been close to twenty five years now. Unlike book one which was mostly set on Earth, we’ve now moved to Mars where all remaining living souls reside. Well, except for those back on Earth who are either prisoners or prison “guards”. Yeah, not exactly a wonderful existence for most.

A series of flashbacks are used in the opening chapters to show us some of their shared history over the decades. Your “friends to lovers” alert should be pinging right about now. What I like about this particular telling is that they don’t rush in, they know the stakes, the importance of the club and its purpose, and worry about what affect a relationship would have on all of that.

Given the author’s writing style, some of the political realities of this world feel heavy handed, even if they are true. Believe me, they’re true. It might be that this is heightened because the time in which these characters are trying to survive feels like right now, not some crazy far into the future reality.

Hot. Yep, hot. Sexy, growly sexy. Heart, yup, we got heart.

There are a few places where physical descriptions appear to contradict themselves: someone had been kneeling but is then said to have just now knelt; someone was already lying down on their back and then was described as sitting back to enjoy the activity being visited upon them. Slightly confuzzling and momentarily removed me from the story as I worked to decipher.

For all of the jacked up realities, and the necessary adjustment of some morals in order to deal with them, this still contains sweetness, respect, and emotion that all feel real. Also, returning to the hot ‘n sexy, Cox knows kissing and what it does, being one of the quickest ways to buckling one’s knees with need.

Bare bones, this second installment is a love story. I’m smiling as I write this. Despite some editing issues, I enjoyed this story, I like the character names, the various relationships, and the umbrella story about fighting back against a cruel government, an overlord, really. I’m hoping we get shown a bit more of that instead of just telling. Oh yeah, and this story is hot. 😉

I’m ready for book three. Apparentlyyyyyyyyy, it’s going to involve Deviant. Color me curious. 🙂

Buy Links

Evernight
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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