Review: A Chip In His Shoulder by L.A. Witt

Review: A Chip In His Shoulder by L.A. WittA Chip in His Shoulder by L.A. Witt

Series: Falling Sky #1
Genres: Futuristic Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Riptide on November 4, 2011
Pages: 78
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars  

A futuristic world with corporate monsters in their ivory towers suppressing the working masses in the gutter below (literally), cyborg technology, and vampires living openly among the humans?  Yum, sign me up!  I have come to really enjoy these dark and dingy dystopian worlds that are created especially when there is ‘run for your lives’ intrigue and hot heroes tossed in to make it even better.

This story opens when a vampire mercenary contract killer, Liam, who lives now down in the Gutter with all the slogging poor and starving working class humans, gets hired to take out a human in the Sky world of the wealthy above.  The irony is that it is the hated ex-lover human who caused him to become ostracized, lose everything he once had, and to be forced to scrounge to survive in the desperate world below.

Not all is as it seems and when he confronts Daniel to kill him, Liam learns that he may have to ally with Daniel so they’ll both survive and expose a huge plot.

The world building was good and chillingly realistic in some ways.  The wealthy people live above all the pollution and poor living conditions on street level in the clean air being outfitted with cyborg-like modifications (mods) that the poor people down below manufacture.  It reminds me of the plastic surgery craze we have these days.  Those who hold the plans and patents for all this mod technology are the super wealthy.

The plot is basic in some ways with it ultimately being about a greedy man protecting his source of wealth even if it means killing and destroying countless others to do so.  But the plot is also about two estranged men getting a second chance if they can bridge their gap with forgiveness, trust and understanding (all while trying to stay one step ahead of aforementioned greedy guy).

There wasn’t a lot of time for character development, but nonetheless I found myself liking both Liam and Daniel and their wry humor with each other.

This first book was more of an introduction and the first skirmish in the battle so to speak.  I look forward to reading the next part in the series.

I recommend this one for those who enjoy a blend of futuristic dystopian with the paranormal romance.

Thank you to Riptide publishing for providing this copy for review purposes.

 

About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.