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The Outlaw’s Lover by James Cox

“Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won’t adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice.” – Tom Robbins

The Outlaw’s Lover is the third installment in James Cox’s erotic “Manlove at the End of the World” series, a series that takes place in a post-apocalyptic America after a deadly virus has diminished the country’s population and left its survivors vulnerable to a now lawless nation, where vigilante justice, zealotry, and sanctimony threaten to bring an end to practical freedoms.

Eighteen months after the virus, Rian Ampledorf is alone, hungry and fighting to fend off the predators and scavengers who do nothing more than take advantage of the new world order, choosing to prey on the seemingly weak and defenseless, becoming the disease for which there is no cure. But Rian is a survivor, a self-described geeky coward who proves that a healthy dose of fear and pragmatism means he’ll live to see another day.

Adopted by members of a new colony that is more cult than community, a place that’s been dubbed Heaven but is more like Hell on Earth, Rian believes for a moment that he’s found a safe haven from a man its citizens call the Outlaw, but soon discovers it’s a place where you either embrace the crazy, drink the Kool-Aid, or you’ll find yourself the sacrificial lamb to the Almighty as penance for being unable and unwilling to be fruitful and multiply.

Enter Drake, the Aussie Outlaw, a man to whom Rian is immediately attracted, but a man Rian isn’t sure he can or should trust; until, that is, Rian witnesses firsthand that the patients are in charge of the asylum; then he must choose survival or surrender, and Drake is the key.

If you’ve read The Last Cowboy and The Three Hour Man, you’ll recognize The Outlaw’s Lover faithfully follows the blueprint for the series—stories of men who love love and lust and sex and manage to go about the business of living after the business of dying has left them lonely and looking for connection.

Buy The Outlaw’s Lover HERE.

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The Three Hour Man (Manlove at the End of the World, #2) by James Cox

“Lust’s passion will be served.” – Marquis de Sade

The Three Hour Man (yes, it means exactly what you think it means) is the sequel to James Cox’s The Last Cowboy, the series set in a post-Plague world where a majority of the world’s population has been decimated by a deadly virus, leaving only the strongest to survive in a wasteland of loneliness and pent-up desire.

Deon and Chase were introduced at the end of book one in this series, where their story was set up to tell and which now goes back in time, roughly six months earlier, to explain how the two men met. I debated on whether or not to say this could be read as a stand-alone, but I think it is important to read the books in order, if not for the character set-up, then for some of the world building that’s done in The Last Cowboy, just to set the mood for what’s happening in this present dystopia.

Vigilantism and extremism are de rigueur, it seems, as the social structure of the country begins to crumble under the strain of survival and the compulsion to procreate and repopulate the earth, and those who suffer the most are those whose desires run contrary to the mania of the few who are bent upon fulfilling the mandate to be fruitful and multiply. This is where Deon meets Chase, as the young man is set to be hanged for his refusal, not to mention his inability, to breed on command.

On a steady diet of loneliness, then suddenly not being alone anymore; on a steady diet of denial, then suddenly having what you’ve most craved within reach, lust and sex become the things upon which these two men feast and ultimately forge a bond where their desires extend to the idea of creating a new Utopia where people will live together peacefully and in acceptance of each other’s differences.

I’ll be honest, reading these books from a woman’s POV has been…interesting, to say the least. This series is unapologetically erotic; it’s the contrast of uninhibited and joyful and frenzied sex set against a backdrop of a world that no longer holds much joy but does hold the promise of a better future. These men explore and expose all their feelings on the surface; they’re direct and end up the better for it because they’re no longer afraid to reach out and grab whatever measure of happiness they can find. I’m afraid that some of the…uh…well, let’s just say that I’m not sure I have the right equipment to fully appreciate the view James Cox is giving me, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy looking.

Buy The Three Hour Man HERE.

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Small Gems – The Last Cowboy by James Cox

Erotica meets the apocalypse in James Cox’s The Last Cowboy, when a deadly plague renders the human race all but extinct, and sex becomes a little bit like salvation for Benjamin, the last cowboy in existence on the wild frontier of Texas.

Benjamin singlehandedly works his ranch and sustains himself off the land, and it’s been a god-awful lonely way to live, in the three years since the plague wreaked havoc across the country, but what else can you do but live when you’ve survived the near end of the world?

Human contact is exceedingly rare, and the only intimacy Benjamin finds is what he can provide with his own hands. Strangers aren’t to be trusted when you don’t know a man’s agenda, but there’s also an undeniable temptation to make a human connection when, for so long, the only true companionship you’ve known has been with your horse. When city boy Cody stumbles into Benjamin’s life, dragging the lawlessness of the city right to Benjamin’s doorstep with him, trust is tested, vigilante justice becomes the only law a man needs to dispatch his enemies, and sex is like the answer to everything, because the denial of that which you’ve craved for so long, then finally have access to, is like a feast for a starving man.

And in the end, there is also hope for the future.

This short and sexy little story isn’t The Stand or I am Legend, nor is it set in a dystopian Mad Max sort of future. What it is, is the story of a lonesome cowboy who finds someone to connect with, someone worth protecting, and someone worth imagining a future with.

Yes, I’d have liked a bit more weight and depth to this story, but that’s the fault of my expectations more than anything else. Taking The Last Cowboy for what it’s meant to be—an erotic story of denial and the unlimited pleasure of fulfillment—it works absolutely fine.

Buy The Last Cowboy HERE.