Swallowing Mayhem (Outlaw MC 5) by James Cox ~ Book Review by Lirtle

swallowing-mayhem-outlaw-mc-5-cover-1Title: Swallowing Mayhem (Outlaw MC 5)

Author: James Cox

Publisher: Evernight

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/10/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Science Fiction


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

This time the MC’s are taking the war to the surface of Mars. No more shadows. No more hiding. The old laws, homosexuality is a death sentence, women are for breeding, and dark skinned men as slaves, are going to be broken. But the Outlaw MC has a rat among them…

Torrin is a prospect. He doesn’t have a big problem with the way mars worked but that’s because he’s not just a prospective member. Torrin is also an undercover peacekeeper. His beliefs are thrown upside down because of one man, Mayhem. The Sergeant at arms and explosive expert managed to break Torrin. Now, this formerly straight peacekeeper has to deal with the attraction sizzling between them and tell the club about his lies. The truth can hurt but for Torrin it may just get him killed.

And while Torrin sorts out his new feelings for loving another man, the club plans to take this war to the next step. Cup your junk, things are about to get explosive.

My View:

Ladies ‘n Gents, in this corner we have: Mayhem.

Aaaaaaand in this corner, we have: Torrin.

Already, there’s a twist, right out of the gate. I couldn’t help but grin in anticipation of the conflict (and possible sparks) to come.

Aside from the twist itself, it provides an intriguing point of view from which this story is told. It’s almost like a fresh start with the benefit of prior knowledge, which lends built-in emotion and reactions. Well-played, Mr. Cox. Easily the most introspective voice in the series so far.

This author’s ability to create touchable imagery continues to improve. More and more the descriptions of physical place are imbued with a layer of emotion that adds to the intensity and ups the stakes.

Behind those buildings were red hills and untouched sand. But right now, in the sunlight, it looked beautiful. Hopeful would be the word for it.

Thoughts from a man in a frightening, uncertain situation, surrounded by death and desolation, looking for something more. He’s realizing there must be more.

Cox’s writing style also continues to improve. There are still occasions where repetition and truncated sentences negatively impact the mood and pace of the story, which made the stating of the obvious just that, more obvious. However, this is all surrounded by what is sometimes electric, pointed prose, painting gorgeous scenes on a world none of us has visited while still feeling realistic and grounded. It feels like Cox is reaching a crest, ready to tumble over the other side into the world of marrying fantastically creative ingredients with the writing chops to bring them all to life. He’s allowing his words to breathe.

Oh and don’t worry, the usual level of hotness is here, which is coupled with some sweetly intimate gestures that made it all the yummier.

This might be my favorite story in the MC Outlaw series so far. I loved Torrin’s point of view and how much it added to the overall story arc. It was great to see so many favorite characters from the previous books and how they worked to stitch everything together, with some unexpected clever twists.

I’ll say this, you’ll have a hot time in the ol’ town tonight if you read this series. 😉


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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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