Review: Something New Under the Sun by L.A. Witt

Review: Something New Under the Sun by L.A. WittSomething New Under the Sun by L.A. Witt

Series: #2 Falling Sky
Genres: Futuristic Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Riptide on January 19, 2013
Pages: 164
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four-half-stars  

Oh what a pleasant surprise when I picked up this sequel to ‘A Chip in His Shoulder’ and found that it switched to Daniel’s point of view after getting Liam’s in the first one.  I started in with anticipation because I knew things were going to get ‘off the hook’ exciting and they did.

Daniel and Liam escaped with their lives in the first book after Daniel’s dad set them up to get killed so he could suppress the truth.  Harding was a real piece of work, but in this sequel he proves that his heart can be even blacker than I thought possible.  Getting out alive was just the beginning.  Now Daniel and Liam have to return, avoid capture or killing and bring down his dad if they want to save countless others from dying to promote his dad’s greedy scheme and remain alive.

They plot out a coarse that will steal the mods needed as evidence against Harding’s schemes and take them to the vampires.  To offer irrefutable proof, Liam must take an uncertain mod that is supposed to allow the vamps to be able to be exposed to sunlight into his body to show it works and that it has been hidden to keep the research and development funds flowing in to Harding’s coffers. Daniel is keeping a big secret from Liam that blows up in his face and might cost him everything.  Things spiral out of control from there and both men find they must make sacrifices to even have a chance at success in the end and a chance of being together with no guarantees.

This was almost non-stop thriller action stuff that kept me on the edge of my seat much of the time.  The author has a gift for blending the action with that something more that gave it depth and drew an emotional response from me.  With deft handling the relationship between Liam and Daniel is not a distraction so much as a chance to reassure themselves of why they’re taking the chances they do and to give hope when all feels hopeless.  Good relationships do that- strengthen and fortify as well as reassure and comfort.  It was a nice touch to see this happening.

I also thought the part where Daniel was confronted with his previous anti-mod ideology was interesting.  He had to make a decision that was either against his set beliefs or something that showed him that he had to modify his beliefs when brought face to face with the reality of the argument.  Liam was always telling him that its one thing to believe something while sitting up in your ivory tower, but down in the Gutter all that changes fast.

The only thing I would change in the stories if I could is that I would want more of an explanation about the vampires.  There are a few lines in the story that hint that their existence is due to modifications to a human body, but I still felt like I needed more explanation.  Not a big deal, but just something that remained a curiosity for me when it came to the world building of the two books.

In the end, it was an exciting read that I can recommend to a wide range of readers and not just those who enjoy futuristic or paranormal m/m romance, but to those particularly.

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.