Author: James Cox
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/17/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Erotica, M/M Romance
What if bad guys ruled the world and the good guys were the outlaws?
Deviant doesn’t do friendly. He’s had a hard life and it shows in his behavior. The Outlaw MC of Mars is starting to expand thanks to some tough women who want to change the law. In the government’s eyes, women are only needed for breeding. Deviant is volunteered to train them. What he doesn’t expect is to meet Tage. The handsome man blushes more than a hard spanked butt. And what a fine pair of cheeks he has. Deviant made a promise to himself. Never fall in love. That makes a man vulnerable to hurt, to loss, to become broken. So why does he feel this undeniable attraction to Tage?
Deviant doesn’t do romance or cuddling or any of that other shit. With a covert war against the government going on, the last thing he needs is a weakness.
Will the shy Tage bring the big badass biker to his knees?
I’m thisclose to declaring Deviant as my favorite character in this series. It’s difficult to unseat the Prez, but still.
Now, Tage, he’s an intriguing fellow. He’s direct and polite, not an easy combination to pull off. He does, though, and Deviant can find no defense against the gentle and unintentional onslaught. I know, right? I’m smiling as I write this.
I liked watching Deviant and Tage circling around each other, trying to work out this “thing” between them. This book and series is definitely erotica but it’s erotica set within a rather well built world inhabited by characters that force you to pay attention and invest your time and emotion.
I also see improvement in the writing here. Sentence structure, pacing, and the dialogue hold a comfortable and natural flow, with a few exceptions. The humor is well placed and fits the characters and their individual personalities. This isn’t necessarily new, Cox’s humor is in all of his stories that I’ve read so far, but it’s utilized well in this story.
The stakes are even higher at this point in the ongoing struggle to topple the oppressive government on Mars. The club isn’t only dealing with a corrupt, deplorable system. It might not have seemed possible, but things are even more personal now.
Deviant and Tage, I’m telling ya, such a wonderfully interesting pairing. Deviant is carrying around a healthy dose of imperfections, and some of his thoughts are… nonsensical. However, his motives are unquestionable. He also sees Tage for who he really is. Tage has an entirely different set of challenges and is struggling to maintain true to himself underneath the weight of them all. He’s strong, emotionally and mentally. He’s also becoming more and more the kryptonite against which Deviant has no protection.
Listen, this joint is screamingly steamy, so hot it’ll have you squirming. And then, just when you think you can’t take anymore, Cox drops some romance on your arse:
Tage had this shy smile on his face. He reached out and touched my chest. More pointedly, the tattoo over my heart. It read Lily. I got it my first day in prison. Tage traced the letters with his fingers, so gentle it almost felt like a soft wind.
Yes. That’s Deviant. And as if that wasn’t enough, said Deviant is experiencing a major first..
I swallowed hard. A lump in my throat. Why couldn’t I tear myself away from him?
Deviant and Tage have such potential as a couple: strong, humorous, trusting of one another, determined, and a good match overall. I so enjoyed getting part of this overarching story from Deviant’s point of view, along with an undeniable pull from Tage.
I might have possibly had to quell a squeal at the end of this story. Also, it’s imperative that I found out what happens next.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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