Friday, 30 January 2015

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway of Love Bites by Rachel Burke

The bit on the back…

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.

Firstly thank you to Harper Impulse for approving me for a copy of this title via NetGalley, and thank you to Rachel for asking me to join the blog tour and for the giveaway prize!

This is the sequel to Rachel’s 2014 title Sound Bites and is all about a secondary character from that novel – Justine. Justine is Sound Bites main character Renee’s best friend.

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. The reason for that was the main character, Justine herself. In Sound Bites a large factor in the story is that Renee’s boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend Justine. That immediately puts me on Renee’s side especially as it completely destroyed her life as she knew it.

When I was reading Sound Bites thought, I was hooked and read through it really quickly. That’s down to Rachel’s talent as a writer and what felt like characters that have a lot of thought and effort put into the writing of them.

Even though I was unsure of Justine, I found her character to be likeable. She has a humble nature and you can feel that she is still trying to make up for where she went wrong with Renee’s ex. Unfortunately for Justine, Renee’s ex is now her ex and throughout the story there are flashback scenes which allow you to appreciate that everything that happened wasn’t all down to Justine.
The story is set between Justine’s home town and LA and I loved the contrast between the two. Her indecision about how to take her life forward becomes the main theme of the story and the reader goes on that journey with her. Her age makes her character quite easy to empathise with because a lot of life decisions tend to be made around that time - settling down; finding a house; choosing a career.

If you’ve read Sound Bites I would definitely recommend this.

Make sure you enter the giveaway to win an ecopy of this book!

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