Title: All that Shatters (Sons of Outlaws #5)
Author: James Cox
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: May 31, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Science Fiction
Page Count: 66 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
This is the end of the Outlaw MC on Mars.
Elric is the classic good guy, always doing the right thing and always coming in last. An attack from a trusted friend leaves Elric broken, shot and on the verge of death. His biggest regret is not warning his club that a rat is heading toward Earth, about to kill a member of the Outlaw MC.
Max is a simple mechanic with a big problem. He’s afraid of flying so when the ships leave for earth he stays behind, content to die with the big red planet. But then he finds an injured Outlaw member.
Now it’s a race to get off the dying planet and save their club. Can they return home before all they love is shattered?
The final part in the Sons of Outlaws series begins on the dying Mars with the last two people left on the planet. Betrayal and violence have left them stranded and they need to warn the others that the threat to the president is real and heading their way. Problem is they are alone with no communications and only a broken ship. As ever, the story leans heavily on the growing relationship between the two characters and their struggles to get off the planet and carry their warning to Earth.
As with other books in the series there are really only the two characters and so there is a simple storyline that can be developed more fully in this novella format. Characterisation is good but not the best of the series. The characters are likeable and there is useful contextualisation.
Injuries to the lead character mean that sexual tension is allowed to build at a sensible pace. Nevertheless the sex is present throughout and described in sensual detail. The relationship between the two doesn’t really grow as spontaneously happen. This is a characteristic of the series and does get a little stale towards the end
The story has points of tension and there is always something happening to keep the reader’s interest.
The end of the story reintroduces the remaining characters from the other books and after the resolution of the rebellion, which was short and swift, everything ends on a positive note. This is not the best of the series but as noted it resolves outstanding issues and overall was a satisfying read.
Sons of Outlaws series