Title: A Chip in His Shoulder
Author: L. A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Pages: 84 pages
Characters: Liam and Daniel Harding
POV: 1st person
Sub-Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Romance
“Contract killer” is a fitting job for a vampire, and it suits Liam just fine. Cast down from the wealth and status of the Sky for taking a human lover, Liam lurks in the poor and pollution-choked Gutter, killing to survive. Between his natural strengths and his Cybernetix mods, no mark has ever escaped him.
Liam’s ex-lover Daniel is the heir to Cybernetix—and its greatest threat. Horrified by people less man than machine and the exploitation of Gutter factory workers, he’d rather destroy Cybernetix than inherit it . . . if his father doesn’t destroy him first.
Years of anger and a heap of mods have kept Daniel and Liam apart. When Liam is hired to slaughter a man in his glass Sky tower, he walks right into a Daniel-shaped trap. Daniel’s father has betrayed them both, and only by working together can Daniel and Liam survive the coming day. They have no reason to trust each other, but as the dawn looms, a bargain that began with the simple urge to live soon reminds them of the love they once shared. Can they find each other again, or will the Cybernetix assassins find them first?
L.A. Witt did it again…. An awesome story that will keep you in a thread of desperation and with no intention to let go until you finish it, expecting, of course, a happy ending for this couple.
Liam is too many things at once: a vampire, an almost cyborg, an assassin and Daniel’s ex-lover, hired for Daniel’s own father to kill him. Daniel is the heir of a powerful and corrupt man, a computer genius, someone who is trying to give to everyone the benefits of new technologies, the man who, in some way, made Liam who is now but the one who still love him.
After five years apart, each one think about the other in their own terms, it’s almost shocking for each one the way or situation that brings them together. There is no trust, there is no friendship, there is no love –apparently—they found themselves together in a trap where the only option is to work along to have a hope to escape alive. There is enough resentment between them, and beyond that, they have the same enemy who wants to get rid of them as soon as possible. Will they have success saving their lives?
There is an ambivalence within the story, not only for the implant Daniel has in his body, a device that is threatening his life, but for the deep grudge Liam feels against Daniel for his betrayal so many years ago and the subsequent events that changed his life forever.
From the beginning of their reunion you can feel their tension, the author puts in every word they exchange such intensity that you don’t have more to do that keep reading to know who will jump over the other… to kill or to kiss.
After a certain truce they make, they decide to trust distrusting each other, something difficult after all the history they share. From that moment both men found each other facing life or death situations every step they took, and they have to fight all those feelings they thought they left behind. However, in a way, these feelings that give them, once they unravel what happened so long ago, a new chance to get back their lives and to love again.
L.A. Witt is one of my favorites authors. I’m extremely pleased with this story, and I hope, really, really hope she decides to write more about Liam and Daniel. As always, her writing is so fluid and captivating that you want more and more.
And a Way to Go! for Riptide Publishing for the gorgeous cover…. It’s so sexy!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed By: Reggie