Friday, February 6, 2015

Blog Tour: Love Bites by Rachel K. Burke: Review and Giveaway

New Adult Contemporary

Published by HarperCollins

Release: December 29, 2014

Rating: 3/5 Stars


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.


Love Bites is a contemporary romance that left me with so many different feels.  I adored the characters in this book even though they did really horrible things at times.  Seeing each character grow and become who they were supposed to be was what really made this story for me.  I loved seeing Justine finally realize what she deserves and doesn't settle for any less.  It did take me a little while to get into this book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down.   

Justine has the worst luck with guys.  She always seems to attract the wrong guys.  Guys that are married, has girlfriends, etc.  She can't seem to catch a break.  Well, then she meets David.  Instant connection there, but David is her best friend's boyfriend. And she falls hard for him.  She does something very stupid with her best friend's boyfriend.  I can't believe she did that to Renee as close as they are.  I would have never forgiven her,  but anyway, David ends up hurting her like all the others.  Common sense there.  If he cheats on his girlfriend with you, then he is probably going to do the same to you.  So Justine moves away to heal and move on.  Only at first she doesn't.  She just exists.  She doesn't commit to anything in hopes that David will call her back home.  But, that all changes.

At times, this book got very boring for me.  I didn't like where it kept flipping from present to past.  The past just kept going back to her and David's relationship of how they when the present has her trying to move on.  So when I would get pulled into the story with the present, the past would just set me back.  I had to pause several times, because I didn't even want to read it.  I really enjoyed the present part of the story though.  I was also expecting something big to happen, but nothing happened.  No wow moment.

I was very happy that Justine got her HEA at the end.  I loved who she ended up with, because it wasn't rushed and it wasn't expected.  I would love to see how their relationship continues in another book!!!  Would also love to see more or Renee and her family.  There was just something about her husband.  I really liked him.

About the Author

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.

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