Author: Rachel K. Burke
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: December 29, 2014
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About Love Bites:What do you do when you fall in love with your best friend’s boyfriend?
That is the question that twenty-six year-old Justine Sterling has been asking herself ever since the day she met David Whitman, her best friend Renee’s boyfriend. Justine is determined to ignore her growing feelings for the irresistibly charming David, until one night, when she finds herself in the bed of the one person she should stay away from.
When Justine and David’s affair ends in heartbreak, Justine is forced to repair the damaged friendship with her best friend. In doing so, she learns that right and wrong decisions aren’t always black and white, and sometimes you have to follow your heart to see where it leads.
So up front, I will say that this book wasn’t my kind of thing. I always have trouble really getting into the book’s world when it’s told by alternating between the past and present.
But that’s my only major issue with the book, and it’s totally a personal preference. The only reason this book is 3 stars instead of 4 is because this is a personal blog, and I think personal preferences should play into the ratings.
Objectively? This book was pretty great. I have my coworker reading it now and she really likes it. It’s just…my favorite part of a reading is jumping in and living in the same world as the characters. Now, I love Doctor Who, but time travel isn’t my personal thing. I always said I would make a freaking awful companion for the Doctor. So it’s harder for me to jump in when I’m constantly having to time travel between the past and the present.
What I liked about Love Bites:
- It’s not your typical HEA. In fact, it’s very atypical in terms of the plot. Sure, the EA is kind of/alluded to being H, but it’s still not your typical HEA.
- It focuses on friendship relationships as much as romantic ones.
- I always love when a fictional character works in social media marketing and the portrayal isn’t completely off base. There wasn’t a ton of detail about her job duties in here, but it was somewhat accurate as to what a social media marketer does.
What I didn’t like:
- Again, it was told half in the future, half in the present.
- It was pretty anticlimactic. Not much happened that you didn’t see coming.
- Justine, girlfriend. We need to talk about your decision making skills. Not just with David, but with life in general. Kinda wanted to slap her a few times.
But once again, most of that is personal preference. The idea for the plot was really original – who writes a romance novel based on breaking girl code? I’ve never read another story like it. The writing was good, as was the character development. That’s not usually stuff I talk about in my reviews, but it’s worth noting.
Because once again, this book was good, it just wasn’t my cuppa tea.
I hadn’t realized Renee had a book that came first until I started butting together this post, and I’m really interested in that now, too.
About Rachel K. Burke:
Rachel discovered she wanted to be a writer at the age of ten, when her love of R.L. Stine murder mystery novels inspired her to start writing her own.
In 2008, she began freelance writing for several magazines including Prevention, Jamsbio and Worcester Magazine.
Rachel graduated from Bridgewater University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies. She currently resides in Santa Monica, CA.