Title: Sons of Earth (Sons of Outlaws #1)
Author: James Cox
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Genre(s): Gay Science Fiction
Page Count: 83 pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
President of the Outlaw MC of Mars has a son—one that matches his temperament and the ability to find himself in trouble. Arie likes the notoriety a biker club offers, but being the oldest son of a founding member are big shoes to fill. When a quake makes the sleepy city on Mars rumble, Arie and his best friend Kavin are drinking in an off-limits spaceship. An unexpected kiss, followed by the quake, makes for one hell of a mistake. They take off without any ability to control the ship. Their destination? Earth.
There’s a lack of clothing, earth animals, and a growing relationship that leaves Arie confused about his future, but none of that compares to the dangers. Arie must now face a beast that nearly killed his father, and a love he never saw coming.
It’s a fun little tale. Don’t expect much in the way of complexity or shocks, but it is an easy read. As the first of a new series there is some expectation that the previous books have been read, but not so much as would cause a problem to someone coming to these books for the first time. Character development is limited, basically a pair of young friends coming to terms with a change in their relationship, facing a few hardships and quite a bit of sex.
Trying to fit this into a novella format clearly impacts the potential for development of any chemistry between them. Nevertheless, without the need for other characters it does allow for some exploration of feelings.
The pace of the story is fine, with the opportunity to offer some examination of the environment as well as interactions between the characters.
The ending is predictable, but leaves the story open for the next book in the series.