Title: Static (2nd Edition)
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4.5/5 Smooches
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 read this book when it first came out with the original publisher. I loved it then. I still love it, now that it’s gotten a new cover and been re-edited. This book touches on many of the issues of transgender, and the prejudices that one must face, often by their own flesh and blood.
Granted, Alex is a shifter, able to shift into both male and female forms, and not a static transgender person. This both comes with advantages and disadvantages. Alex lives, works, etc… as a female. When Alex’s parents force him into an unauthorized surgery, Alex is suddenly male, which is hard to explain to her job, and more importantly her boyfriend.
I think the biggest thing that I love about this book is the message that love is love. Damien is in love with Alex, and even though he was uncomfortable at first, he grew to accept Alex’s male form, and love the male form because it was Alex. I think that is an incredibly powerful message, that it is the person INSIDE the body that matters, not the outside trappings.
To say I loved this book is putting it mildly. It’s won as many awards as it has (or at least been a Finalist for them) because it is an incredible book, written with a great amount of compassion and forethought. I HIGHLY recommend picking this one up.
**I’d like to thank Riptide Publishing and Netgalley for providing the digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.**