Author: James Cox
Cover Artist: Sour Cherry Designs
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/15/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Science Fiction
Twenty years after the Outlaw MC Series…their children may not know the cost of war but they will know terror when mars starts to reject humanity…
Roark is Mayhem’s son and earned his place in the club. He’s a dominant that has a constant eye on the new prospect, Henry. Roark is horny and needs to pound something, be it flesh or a warm hole. He’s looking forward to bossing the new guy around. It all goes to hell when the quake rocks mars and they’re trapped underground. As if being trapped isn’t bad enough, they overhear a plot to kill an MC member. This Dom of Peculiar places has limited time to get free, get laid and save the day.
A prospect that joins the club for unexpected reasons meets a biker that has an unhealthy obsession with him and things will get dirty. Get the lube, bring the blindfold, don’t forget the restraints. Roark doesn’t play, he takes control. And when Roark finally gets Henry under him, not even a dying planet will stop him from finding his sticky, happy ending.
Roark is Mayhem and Torrin’s son and he inherited their attitudes, distaste for what stood for law in their world, and their strong sense of right and wrong. Ya know, except for their use of violence sometimes. He’s a member of the MC just like them. It didn’t take long for me to like him and his sarcastic self as the narrator of this story.
”I swear you’re Whip’s kid, and he didn’t want you so they sent you to Mayhem.”
I gave Valentine the finger. Old man or not he deserved it. Whip was the club’s sexual dominant. He had all sorts of fetishes that most of us tried hard not to discover.
Valentine snorted and hopped back on his bike.
I snorted, too. 🙂
And then Roark got distracted by who he admits is a possible obsession: a prospect of the MC, Henry. As things progress and we learn more and more about each of them, they prove to be a good match, good for each other, and their very different personalities balancing out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They’re each other’s complement and antidote.
When I begin reading a James Cox story, I know I’m going to have fun, laugh, experience some cool action scenes, and feel the emotional layers he builds into his characters. This is no different I’m happy to say. Imagination and creativity shine through in his always excellent sense of place, and the way those action sequences are choreographed. It’s easy for me to picture everything, like a film concurrently playing while I read. He also does well in keeping track of and properly inserting his characters into each scene, including our faves that now represent the parental generation in this universe, like Mayhem, Torrin, Outlaw, Reilly, and all of the rest. Their collective presences make for entertaining contrasts to Roark and Henry.
Mayhem gave me a rough slap on the back and Torrin gave me a hug. “I left your bike outside. He’s in the medic building, it’s still standing,” he whispered in my ear.
I smiled at him. “Thanks, Dad.”
“Always, my son, always.” Torrin let go and left to do the club business.
Even out of context, this scene is relatable. I was sporting my own knowing smile at a dad looking out for his son. 😉 And don’t worry, Mayhem loves Roark just as much as Torrin does, he just has a difficult time showing it as easily as Torrin does.
This is a fun mix of plot and erotica, with actual character development amidst the two or three graphic sex scenes. And it takes place in spaaaaaaaaaace. 😀
What is also consistent are the editing mistakes that Evernight should be catching and fixing before the book hits the shelves. Misspelled words and missing words, incorrect tense usage, and punctuation mishaps in some of the dialogue. End of the world? Nope. Not with Cox’s high levels of everything I’ve described here already. Distracting as the number of errors rises? Yup.
This isn’t overly angsty and doesn’t use false tension to move the story along. Roark is a “dom” in a basic sense, enjoying being in control and having someone submit to him. Henry likes calling him “Sir”. That’s about the extent of any D/s part of their growing relationship. It’s more like a cover for Roark’s attitude, or the attitude he thinks he should project – particularly regarding women – rather than a true D/s partnership and the great care that is involved. But, ya know, this is fantasy, no doubt, and there isn’t anything harmful about the depiction.
Roark and Henry are a good match and watching them learn about each other was like watching a long dance: the push and pull as they adjust to their personalities, the give and take within the relationship regarding who does what and how, and the personal details and family history fill in the nooks and crannies.
This is an entertaining story, set on Mars, with endearing characters of many types, and I’m looking forward to book three. 🙂
My review for book 1: Sons of Earth
My review for book 1 in the Outlaw MC series, the parents of the whippersnappers here in the Sons series: Chaos Unchained
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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