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A Chip in His Shoulder (Falling Sky #1)

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“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
ebook, 78 pages
Published November 7th 2011 by Riptide Publishing
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The gutter is a dirty miserable place and the hell hole where Liam the Vampire has been forced to live any which way he can, for the last five years. After been thrown out of the Sky where only the very rich and privileged live. Liam accepts a contract to kill Daniel his ex lover who he believes betrayed him. From here on in everything that could possible go wrong, does. Liam and Daniel are forced to work together in order to survive. I loved the interaction between Liam and Daniel it was great ...more
I thought Liam was kind of a blubbering klutz for the first half, and a naive fool for the second. He claimed to know and anticipate everything and every angle, yet walked right into a pretty dumbo situation. I thought Danial was a manipulative, bratty asshole for the entire thing. Seemed to me around every corner he was one of those sleezey used car salesmen that always thinks, "Well, what's in it for me?"
Didn't like the MCs in the slightest.

Some overused phrases. "You'll have to trust me." "I
4 1/2 Stars - a intense and tempting shorty - an introduction to a full novel.

A dystopian future world with a shady vampire (Liam) who has just been assigned to assassinate a former lover (Daniel) for a total of $10 million. It is perhaps, rather startling, that the murder mission came from the former lover's father.

What a lovely and intensely intriguing novella (about 70 pages). It was nerve quivering action from start to finish. These two former lovers, the vampire Liam and the hacker Daniel,
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. - Oscar Wilde

Sorry, couldn't resist...

The best thing about this book is the world building. The Gutter is a polluted place where the destitute and the desperate live, where people do anything legal and illegal to survive. Here they produce the goods and gadgets for the elite of society, for those living in the Sky. The Sky is inhabited by the rich and powerful and among them are humans and vampires. It's a society where people ca
Let me take you into this futurist world where vampires and humans coexist together. The two races work and live together, but are forbidden to play with one another.

Liam fell for a human and in doing so, lost everything, and nearly lost his life. Forced to squander in the depths of despair after his family disowned him, he turned to prostitution and before long became an assassin. His next hit will change his life forever, if he can actually pull the trigger….on his ex.

Daniel, son of Richie Ri
2.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the premise of this story and the world building was good but it probably could have been so much better as a full length novel. I loved the sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian feel to the story, unfortunately the characters fell short. The potential is all here but it left me with more questions. First, I have no idea where vampires fit in to the story arc. We got little to no information about them. Were they a result from the split in the society somehow? Was Liam turned or bor
In this post-apocalypse world, Liam is a vampire assassin. His latest contract is to kill Daniel Harding, the heir to Cybernetix, and also Liam's ex. Five years ago, Daniel outed his relationship with Liam. Since vampire-human relationship is prohibited, Liam is thrown out by his family and must live in the Gutter, prostituting himself to survive before rising to the status of killer. However, when Liam faces Daniel again, he realizes that the contract might be a trap to kill both of them -- plu ...more
4 Star Plus~Fantastic Read!

The Book & What I Loved~

★Daniel and Liam, I love both of their personas alpha/alpha yum.

★The book was a fast pace action packed read. I love that!

★Endearing plot and sweet mission (it's revealed while reading not in blurb)

★Great descriptive writing~The Gutter AKA Futuristic Ghetto ...hummm, I really really loved that!

★This was a Fantastic Read!

Honestly, this book is only a 4 star plus a tad more~book, cuz, I wanted more of the vampire story delved into and more
Apr 28, 2013 Bev rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bev by: Kris (Kindleromance)

Enjoyed this one, short but well written. 4 stars

Cybernetix....good name for a cyber chip company, and you'll have to forgive me if I keep thinking of the Sirius Cybernetics Corp....Hitchhikers that book.

Liam Lansing is a vampire and is down on his luck. He's scaled the heights and lived in the 'Sky', the upper echelons of this world for the very rich; unfortunately, when his vampire family discovered that his lover was human, he was cast out and now makes his living (!!) as a cont
L A Witt never ceases to amaze me. This time it's Cyberpunk (think dystopian meets high tech) and it's well done. It's not long, around 70-80 pages, but it packs a bit into those pages.

Lots of reviews. My two cents worth.

Liam, part vampire, part machine - he's full of mods to improve him, help him heal quicker, be a more efficient assassin - is sent to kill his ex lover and heir to a Cyber empire, Daniel. Daddy is none to happy his son knows too much about his dodgy empire and doesn't approve.
How far can someone modify his/her body to improve his/her abilities?

How far, can someone push himself, adding mechanic changes, to enhance vision, hearing.. to be... less human?

That's the theme of this sci-fi, but it's not an usual android/robot theme, because in this case, it's a vampire that want desperately to be more strong, than he already is.

Meet Liam the only narrator of the story. He is not human, obvious, because he is a vampire. The story start with him, getting close to his target.
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This is a smooth, heart-racing, clinical, dirty, sexy, hopeful ride.

From the admittedly sci-fi bent (view spoiler) to the very human foibles (view spoiler), this short story is a full ride.

The two mains are well defined and yet we still get surprises.

The settings, and their affects on Daniel and Liam, are so well described. Really, heart-pounding. The pace is well set.

The dialogue works between these two
This book was on my TBR since I-don't-know-when. Finally I decided to be brave and start reading. I'm proud of myself that I finished the book, as it still isn't something I will ever really love reading. All this technical mod stuff, the futuristic world mixed with vampires and interspersed with things from today's world, I have problems to make sense of. Nevertheless, the fact that I finished says enough - it was interesting enough that I wanted to know the end. I'm not sure whether I will rea ...more
Kaje Harper
This short story has some excellent world-building and two interesting characters with a complex back-story. This is a near-future realistic urban fantasy/sci fi with vampires. The world and its ramifications were the heart of the story for me and the relationship between the MCs took a little bit of a backseat to it. I wish this had been longer, with a bit more relationship-building. However it was fascinating, and I definitely would read a sequel is the author ever writes one.
I wanted to give this 5 stars, but I had to back down. The reason being the ending. I felt like a pigeon that hit a plate glass window. I am like "WTF". Where did the rest of the story go. I even turned my tablet over to see if it had fallen out the back. Anyway, if you over look that, it's a fun, engaging story, with two very engaging men. Even with the non ending, I recommend it.
The cover is awesome and the blurb is catchy. That's just about it.

First of all, when I started reading the book, it was like coming into a movie theater when the movie already started. Liam shows up at Daniel's house to kill him, but it turns out to be a trap set up by Daniel's father. Instead of describing their feelings (they hadn't seen each other for five years), they start to talk about business and things they only understand since the author didn't bother explaining them to me.

Repeat: Li
I'm a bit of a fan of LA Witt's writing and so I was pleased to see this new story at Riptide Publishing, mainly because it seemed to break away from her usual contemporary romance stories. It's a sci-fi/fantasy story which tells of vampire Liam who was cast out of his upper-class family when he was discovered to have a male human lover. He ended in the 'Gutter' where pollution, poverty and crime rule the streets and eventually made his living as a hit man with all the latest body modifications. ...more
One thing this author did extremely well in this story was build the world and pull me into it. I swear, my eyes were watering and I could barely breathe with the pollution in the Gutter, along with Liam. Though the story is short, and setting up the world takes precedence over the romance, the MCs come through clearly, and so does their back story. The conflict is quite original, which is refreshing.

There's lots of action, well paced and thought out. At times, it made me feel almost like I was
Trisha Harrington
This was fairly short, but compact. It was definitely a great story and one that was quite easy to get into and like. The rest really depends on your taste. Those like me who don't really love sci-fi stories will probably like it, but if you do love stories like that, it would probably end up a favourite for you. In my case, the story was good. I was really impressed if I'm honest. And I am really glad I read this eventually.

This book isn't really like others I have read before. Sure, there are
A Chip in His Shoulder by LA Witt is a really good and often used idea in science fiction. There are a few fresh twists and a brief attempt at tension but overall the story is interesting and fun to read. Where the novella stumbles though is on the pacing and content. There is too much that is skipped over and summarized leaving a very rushed and choppy feel. The world building is decent for the length but sadly leaves out so much. I wish this had been a fully fleshed out novel with solid world ...more
A-MAZING! Honestly, for such a short read, I was totally immersed in L.A. Witt’s dark, futuristic world where the poor and middle class live like rats in the “Gutter” and the rich live like kings in the “Sky”. I am a huge fan of this genre and A Chip On His Shoulder was imaginative and totally satisfied my appetite.

Liam is a genetically modified vampire with a hunger for blood...specifically Daniel’s, his human ex-lover who outed him 5 years ago, bringing their secret relationship out into the p
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One of the things that made this a good read was the world that was built in this book. The introduction of mods (not that it's exactly original) in an M/M novel, the futuristic money hoarding companies which produce those mods, and the Gutter was thrilling to read. And what's even more intriguing is the presence of Vampires. I wish that was more elaborated on. It felt like there wasn't enough background given on that, so it felt kind of out of place and a bit weird. But it's such an interest
Wendy Ann
Another great book by L.A. Witt! This one was different from the typical contemporaries that I’ve read by this author – very imaginative indeed. The entire story takes place during the space of just a few hours, so it’s such a small snippet to really get an in depth feel for the characters or alternate world. However, the author really overcame that hurdle for me and I found myself completely immersed and rooting for Liam and Daniel against the odds. Boy, would I love to see a sequel and see the ...more
G.B. Gordon
It didn't work for me as a stand alone book, but reads more like the pilot to a series - setting the stage, bringing the heroes together, and outlining the conflict.

That said, as a pilot or intro it worked really well and has me hungry for more. The world-building is superb, the take on vampires and corporate greed looked at from a different enough angle to be interesting. I see glimpses of Cyke (from Break & Enter) in Liam, and I love Cyke. Needless to say, I just picked up No.2
For a shorter story, I must say that the world building was a bang up job...I could complete picture this like a movie in the head. I really enjoyed the lovers, enemies, lovers theme and really look forward to seeing the joined forces in a battle for a just cause!
Great start to a series. The descriptions in the world building were really strong. Really liked both the MCs. I look forward to seeing where this series goes.
L.A. Witt takes a unique twist on the vampire genre by pairing it with a sci-fi theme. Hired assassin Liam is a vampire, who once lived in the elite Sky, now disinherited from his rich vampire family for having a human lover, he resides in the Gutter, killing to survive. His next mark? His ex-lover Daniel, the one he’d lost everything for. However, this job isn’t all what it seems and soon Daniel and Liam have to work together to survive.

Now normally, I am not a big fan of sci-fi novels, but A C
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Genre & Keywords:
M/M, Romance, Urban Fantasy / Paranormal, Action, Cyberpunk, Enemies To Lovers, Interspecies, Contract Killer, Hacker, Future, Vampire

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 2.5 out of 3

A Chip In His Shoulder is a thrilling read thanks to the fast paced and action filled plot. Combined with a good suspense arc and an engaging and interesting world building it makes this novella a page turner. Add two memorable main characters and
Okay, so I get the title now.
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This book. What can I say? I was rather leery of it because of the title and the less than stellar blurb, but it's amazing. To paraphrase and play upon that line from The Princess Bride, there's action, fighting, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

This book is beautif
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Love and hate are so close at times; it's hard to tell in the heat of passion.

Liam was betrayed by Daniel and has the opportunity to confront him after five long years. Liam's been given a contract to assassinate Daniel by Daniel's father. With pleasure, Liam greets Daniel with a loaded gun in both his hand and pants. Not all is what it seems. Daniel still loves Liam and his world has come crashing down around him before he had a chance for his plans to come together. Old wounds are opened as L
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