Reviewed by Heather C
Author: L.A. Witt
Heroes: Damon & Alex
Genre: M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 74,000 words
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: January 20, 2014 (re-release)
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: After two years together, Alex has been dreading the inevitable moment when Damon learns the truth: that Alex is a shifter, part of a small percentage of the population able to switch genders at will. Thanks to a forced implant, though, Alex is suddenly static—unable to shift—and male. Overnight, he’s out to a world that neither understands nor tolerates shifters . . . and to his heterosexual boyfriend.
Damon is stunned to discover his girlfriend is a shifter, and scared to death of the dangers the implant poses to Alex’s health. He refuses to abandon Alex, but what about their relationship? Damon is straight, and with the implant both costly and dangerous to remove, Alex is stuck as a man.
Stripped of half his identity and facing serious physical and social ramifications, Alex needs Damon more than ever, but he doesn’t see how they can get through this.
Especially if he’s static forever.
I’ve been wanting to read Static for a while now (long before it was even rereleased at Riptide) and somehow it fell off my radar. So when the four of us here at TBG agreed that L.A. Witt would be featured for our March Author Week, I asked Nikyta which book I should read (since she’s heard of nearly every LGBT romance book that ever existed), and she immediately said I had to read Static…oh, yeah, the gender shifter book I’ve been wanting to read since forever! And, of course, I never question Nikyta…
Its been several days since Damon has heard from his girlfriend of two years, Alex; and she’s not answering her phone or returning his calls. Knowing Alex’s history with depression and alcoholism, Damon’s worry reaches its end and he drives over to her house to check on her. And who answers the door? Another man!! Turns out Alex has been keeping a big secret from Damon: she is a shifter, able to shift to the skin of a man or the skin of a woman to fit her gender moods. Now, Alex can no longer keep his secret behind closed doors: someone has implanted him with a device against his consent, forcing him to remain static in his male form. How will this revelation affect Alex’s relationship with his straight, boyfriend Damon? On top of that, Alex has to deal with all the social prejudices of being outed as a shifter and all the possible health risks related to the implant.
Wow, wow, WOW! Static is easily my favorite L.A. Witt book I’ve read to date (I’ve actually only read a handful or so), but this was just…damn…I loved every bit of it.
The POVs: I loved how we get alternating first person POVs, switching each chapter from Damon’s to Alex’s. It gives us a chance to really SEE each character and what they are feeling.
The Romance: It’s such a beautiful romance. Yes, Damon doesn’t immediately switch preferences and become attracted to men and he struggles A LOT with his guilt for it. And he stands by Alex through the ordeal the entire time.
The Believability: Yes, this is science fiction. As far as I know there is no such thing as gender shifters, but the author here made the whole possibility very believable. Plus, how well she handled the gender identity changes that Alex goes through.
The HEA: It was a full on, beautiful happy ever after.
The Rating: I’m not giving it the full 5 stars because I kept waiting for that “OMG Factor” which never came. The rest was pretty predictable.
Recommended (There are no girly bits for those readers that get squeamish with that.)
Overall Impression: I Loved It!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*