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A Few Bad Men by James Cox afewbad

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

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

The war on Mars is almost over. A small band of peacekeepers are hiding from the Outlaw MC. Grim has hidden his past from the club since he joined. He punishes himself for his old sins—no relationships, no friends, nothing but taking the government down. Then he meets a member’s brother.

Valentine just escaped from the prison on Earth. He’s too young for Grim but that doesn’t stop the pull between them. As the club hunts down the last of the peacekeepers, Grim and Valentine give in to their passion. It isn’t until after that the truth about Grim’s past comes out.

Can lies be forgiven as the peace of Mars is shattered?

Review:

This is a short, futuristic, male/male romance that works. There are sexy men with cool names and amazing bodies who are focused on fighting the government oppressing them. When the sex happens it is hot as hell and the scenes end too soon. While personally I am not a big fan of science fiction the characters here were so interesting I was able to look past the other world setting. And as a woman reading this the story did make me want to get out my strap on and get my man for some quality alone time.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

stealingStealing His Dangling Jewels by James Cox

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Phoenix is in dire need of money. A lot of money. It’s not for himself, he wants to get his mother into rehab, although it probably won’t do her any good. Phoenix reads about Lucas, a very rich man, thanks to a lottery winning, with his own private island and a genital piercing sporting sapphires and diamonds that has to be worth several thousand dollars. Phoenix conceives a plan to meet and seduce Lucas, steal the jewelry, and get off the island with it. What could possibly go wrong?

“Stealing His Dangling Jewels” is a fast-paced little novelette that doesn’t spend too much time developing its characters. A chapter-length prologue gives us both characters’ essential back-story before the book plunges right into the main event, with Phoenix’s arrival on Lucas’ private island as part of a weekend fundraiser. Yet, despite its short length, the book manages to tick off most of the romance clichés: two people who are practically head-over-heels in love the moment they lay eyes on each other from across a room; a bad boy with a heart of gold; dirty secrets in their pasts; and the seemingly unforgivable act that is nonetheless forgiven.

While the basic plot elements may be familiar, the writing is competent and the main characters are believable. You’re not going to get too much depth from a book this short, but that is one of the advantages to sticking archetypes. Phoenix and Lucas are both likable men despite what they may have done in their pasts.

Kink doesn’t play much of a role in the story. What little kink is depicted is really just a little off vanilla, a Tahitian vanilla, if you will. Just a tiny bit of pain play and a spanking. However, the private — and sometimes not so private — encounters between the two are hot. The scenes also build over the course of the book as well, starting with kisses and not really reaching a full consummation until near the end.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

behaviorBehavior Problem by James Cox

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This is the third book in the Outlaw MC series and it’s a good edition with a different viewpoint. Deviant is a product of the new Mars with a tyrant in power and rules in place that denigrate women and stifle sexuality. He lost his sister and every woman on a leash reminded him of the cruel laws that took her away from him. His involvement with the Outlaws gives him the outlet he needs to fight back. When the chance comes to help Tage create an MC for women, Deviant takes it. The fact that Tage has a mouthwatering ass and an irresistible innocence didn’t have a thing to do with it. Of course it didn’t.

I’ve said this many times, I know. First person is all about the character. If I can’t stand the character central to the story, the book won’t fly for me. In this case, Deviant gave me mixed feelings. I loved his view of Tage, his tenderness toward women. But he was a bit heavy handed with the foul words and a bit raunchy when it wasn’t necessary. Don’t get me wrong. I have a mouth like a sailor and I love dirty. The thing is that Deviant tended to drop the bad language and the filth in some odd places. It was a bit distracting.

Other than that, the story is awesome. This perspective of Mars life under the new strict government expands the series and gives a great flavor to the world that the author has created. I enjoyed the back and forth between Deviant and Tage. I did find that Tage was, on occasion, a bit weak but given the circumstances that he had been forced to endure, it was understandable. His growth as a character is one of the great parts of this story.

These books are a bit abrupt and quick, the writing clipped. Still, it has all the action, all the hot sex and all the angst that makes this series its kick. The kink is pretty mild in this one, mainly due to Tage’s innocence. There is a group scene with other members of the Outlaws but overall, the kink level was mild by my standards.

I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I liked “Chaos Unchained”. Perhaps it was Deviant’s character. Still, I’d say that this is a series that I’ve enjoyed reading very much and I look forward to more.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Swallowing Mayhem by James Cox swallowing

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Story rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

When Mayhem is a big hulk who can tear a person’s head off, swallowing him may be easier said than done. This is the fifth book in Outlaw MC series. Full disclosure, I didn’t read the first 4 books. The book can be read as a standalone because Mr. Cox does a good job of recapping the situation and building on the relationship between Mayhem and Torrin.

In this world, the underdogs are the good guys in a dystopian world where the worst of humanity comes to fruition. Women are used for breeding and men of color are slaves. This story could have gone in a dark way with heavy emphasis on the sexual abuse and violations of the oppressed. Instead, Mr. Cox focuses on the rebel forces working to overthrow the evil tyrant.

This story is short and sweet. It’s action packed filled with testosterone. The men in here are fighting for their lives. The characters are memorable only by their call signs. Their personalities are more or less the same. Neither Mayhem nor Torrin did much for me. Mayhem tends to be a man with few words as he grunts out his answers. Torrin is a boy going through a painful epiphany. The lack of character engagement for me is fine because I’m more interested in the plot. I want to know what happens and how these Outlaws will bring down the corrupt government.

The sex in this book is hawt and dirty. I liked the men taking each other roughly. The swinging sex at the end is nicely done. The reason why I rated this as a 2 for sting is because the BDSM is light in here. It’s a little taste, just to whet the appetite. For those who enjoy a little rough sex with exhibition, this book will do it for you. After reading this book, I’m hooked and want to read the next one. Recommended for m/m readers who enjoy bad boys with an enemy to lover trope.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Chaos Unchained by James Cox chaos

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Colin “Chaos” Taylor has been sentenced to Earth. It’s the year 3001 and Mars is Chaos’s home and Earth is now a prison.In this new world, drinking, kinky sex, smoking and homosexuality are against the law. Chaos gets a six month sentence for drinking. After a harrowing trip from Mars to Earth, he faces a community that lives by survival of the fittest. In Earth’s prison, his choices are to fight, fuck or belong to a criminal named Murphy. Chaos fights. Immediately, he is attracted to Beau who is one of Murphy’s slaves. Though their time together is short, the bond they form is very strong. It has to be for Chaos to survive his remaining sentence.

This story is told in first person from Chaos’s point of view. He’s a crude character, street smart and violent. His internal language is rough and straightforward. But even though his exterior may show a man who is giving the world the middle finger, he is actually a loyal and tender person who wants what everyone else wants; someone to love. As a Dominant, he has confidence in every situation. And yet, though he exists-even thrives-in the prison’s dog eat dog world, he has a code of honor that he tried to keep in the midst of violence, manipulation and fear.

Beau, in contrast, is a much more gentle soul, able to survive because he submits. But there is much more to him. He is, even after almost four years in this hell of a prison, still a tenderhearted person who seems to accept his surroundings without being marred inside by them. His immediate attraction to Chaos turns to a kind of sweet caring that sees beyond the angry, violent exterior to the true man beneath.

In this short story, the author packs a lot of world building, and pulls it off. Mainly, I enjoyed the story because I liked Chaos. He isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t think he gives a shit. I love sci fi and this is a great backdrop for some awesome stories. If you’re looking for a sweet, but erotic tale, this isn’t it. Chaos and Beau are no nonsense lovers and their love is hot, sweaty and erotic with a sweet taste. Their connection is filled with emotion, but there’s no soft, blurry filter. The impact of the bond still packs a punch.

I enjoyed this short novella and it’s the first of five books in the series. I strongly suggest indulging a series binge. That’s my plan.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Handsome Men Suck by James Cox hms

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

James Cox has written a fine kink-lite science fiction/fantasy short story. His writing skills are excellent, the plot moved forward at a quick pace, and the characters were nicely developed.

The best part? The author’s humor was evident in the main character’s thoughts and disposition. Kendrew went from one naughty mess right into a firestorm and came up smiling the entire way. Love a personality with a positive, happy-as-I-am, outlook!

Be sure to add James Cox to your preferred authors list. If smiling-good-times are your delish, he’s the M/M erotica author to keep close. This book is a studly keeper!

Reviewed by Olympia Mistress

heartofaheroHeart of a Hero by James Cox

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Dystopia almost always implies dysfunctional society. In HEART OF A HERO, this is certainly true. In this world, the rich built their own city surrounded by a wall to keep the “undesirables” out. If that doesn’t stop them, the armed soldiers will. Instead of focusing on making a world a better place for all survivors, the haves and have-nots division is even greater in this messed up world.

Kallen is a boy who survived the outside and made it into a place like Eden. It’s a completely different world. He earned his spot by serving as a soldier and helping to end the war against the enemy who wants to bring the “Towers” to ruin. It’s basically being at the wrong place at the right time.

Kallen’s number one enemy is Lorn. Lorn is the brother of the man who is now deemed a spy.  Lorn’s brother is called a spy because of Kallen. Lorn doesn’t believe it and he confronts Kallen, head on.

This story is easy to follow and the conflict is predictable. The sex in here is erotic with very little kink. There isn’t any BDSM but there is an interesting threesome where the third participant is a sex doll. What is surprising is the ending. The  punishment did not fit the crime in my mind.  It felt forced. Since this sets up for the next book, it is understandable why the story ended the way it did. Overall this was a quick and enjoyable read. It’s recommended for m/m lovers who enjoy dystopian themes.

Reviewed by Book Addict