Title: The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction (Case #1)
Author: Ian Cadena
Publisher: IaNSANE Productions
Release Date: September 4, 2016
Genre(s): Gay Science Fiction
Page Count: 139 Pages
Reviewed by: ColinJ
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Ethan & Justin Hard, along with their best friend Sparky, have formed Enigma Investigations to search out paranormal activity.
When their first potential…and adorable…client experiences missing time after a UFO sighting the Hard boys are all too eager to jump on his case. Will the Hard boys be able to solve what happened during his lapse of time?
Well that was a fun sexy thing and just the right length. This pun-laden tale is simple and well structured with characters that are pleasant and amiable. The writing style is easy going and entertaining with characterisation that is as much about sexual antics as it is about personality. There are a number of mentions of a prequel tale, although that does not seem to be in publication as yet. The setting is described effectively although there is not much to it and serves mainly to support the action.
The relationships between the various characters are lively and friendly. There is some relationship development throughout although this is not explored in great depth. Worries and tensions are similarly lightweight and are readily resolved. The sex is detailed and graphic with anatomical references that go beyond many similar books. Although this is science fiction, it is more fiction than science and the sex is convoluted and at times difficult to make sense of. Despite this, the sex is a much about fun and pleasure as the rest of the book and doesn’t take itself too seriously.
As noted, there is not much to the plot and the pace is such that with two story lines there is no real rush to the proceedings. Spread over three or four days with limited locations and personalities the book is about as long as it needs to be and can be read quite quickly.
At the end of the book the episode comes to an end but without any real solution. As characters they are slightly more enlightened and their relationships more fully developed. This leaves an opportunity for the next book to go in any number of directions without dependency on this story.