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

Title: Something New Under the SunSomething Under the Sun by LA Witt
Series: Falling Sky, Book 2
Author: L.A. Witt
Genre: Science Fiction, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from publisher via NetGalley
Published: January 21, 2013 by Riptide Publishing

Liam Lansing is heir to a prominent family of bio-modified vampires. That is, until he chooses the wrong lover and is cast down to the Gutter to scrape for his life.

Daniel Harding is heir to Cybernetix and a prince of the corporate Sky. That is, until his ideology drives his father to put a price on his head, forcing him into the Gutter.

But Daniel and Liam won’t vanish meekly into the smog. Together, they plan to rip open the hidden corruption that runs the Sky—for vengeance, for justice, and for hope. They strike against the corporations in a daring raid. When everything goes wrong, Daniel must betray his core beliefs to save the man he loves and protect his dangerous secret. Only through courage in the face of death—or worse—might he and Liam change the world they live in and create something new under the sun.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: I shouldn’t have started with this second book in the series as I felt dropped into the middle of the plot and the romance and felt lost in both the entire book.

The Set Up: Liam was hired to kill Daniel by his father, the evil mastermind of a company about to engage in biochemical warfare but fell in love instead. Now Liam and Daniel enact a plan to take down Daniel’s father but they may lose each other in the process.

Why I Read this Book: I’ve enjoyed L.A. Witt’s books and love sci-fi so I thought this would be a good combo.

What I Liked: I like sci-fi and this book offered that in the world building. Some people have mods or small nano-bots that regulate the body and heal. Then there are humans who want to stay humans and not have mods. I’ve always enjoyed stories that balance these components.

The plot reads quickly as Daniel and Liam complete missions in their quest for vengeance and justice against Daniel’s father. The men being in constant danger offers a few opportunities for sexual release but no emotional development until the final few pages of the story.

What I Didn’t Like: I shouldn’t have read this book without reading book one. I felt dropped into the both the plot of the evil corporation and the romance between Liam and Daniel. I don’t have a real clue how Liam and Daniel got together other than Liam was hired to kill Daniel and didn’t. The romance showed no progression in this book and that’s why I read romance. Likewise, the world building was a bit of an info dump for me since I hadn’t read the set-up from book one. The vampire element was hinted at but totally underdeveloped in my opinion and that disappointed me.

IMO: Maybe readers who read book one will enjoy this but as a new reader I didn’t.

J9’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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