Title: Suck the Savage Beast (Sons of Outlaws #3)
Author: James Cox
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Science Fiction
Page Count: 95 pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Earth beasts are sexier than he expected…
Welliver is a scientist first and an Outlaw MC member second. He’s the smartest man in the crew that’s exploring earth to create a new home. But when a monster attacks them and he’s separated from the crew, he is saved by a savage and sexy beast.
The beast doesn’t remember his name. He was sent to the earth prison when he was just a boy but was left behind when the prison was evacuated. Beast has spent nearly twenty years alone on earth, trying to survive this dangerous world. He’s animalistic and maybe the best hope humans have for staying alive with these new threats.
Beast doesn’t understand it’s not okay to lick strangers, or the whole wearing clothes thing but neither man is prepared for the attraction between them. Welliver will have to pull on his Outlaw MC heritage to endure the wilds of earth but how will survive the savage beast?
The third book in the second series is probably the best so far. Like the first book it is largely based on the re-visited Earth. Unlike the others it involves a character that has not been to Mars but was left behind when everyone else left. Whilst in a longer book this would probably be an investigation of differences, here it is about passion. There is continuity with the earlier books, which makes the need for a backstory less relevant. Similarly, as the series progresses there is less emphasis on contextualisation with the first series.
Characterisation remains lightweight with an emphasis on action as the focus for character development. There is an introduction of hostility and conflict between characters on Earth as there is on Mars. This has the potential for further storylines in subsequent books.
Sadly there are quite a few Auto Correct errors in the text; although this does not necessarily spoil the story it does undermine the professionalism of the presentation.
The relationship between the characters is stronger in this story with the relationship between the lead character and his sister as well as his interactions with the Beast of the title being most notable and well described. Clearly with a longer book there would have been more opportunity to explore and develop relationships, but given that the storyline leaned quite heavily on information provided in the first book, there was time to examine interactions in slightly more detail than previously.
The pace of the novella is quite fast with plenty going on. It is an interesting read that is light in style and holds the readers attention throughout. There were occasions where the story jumps and the reader is left to make assumptions but these are not central to the plot and so do not cause difficulty
The ending of the story is more focused than previous books with clear pointers to subsequent themes.