Sunday, April 21, 2013



by Rachel K Burke

Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story

"Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way" -from Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story book blurb

Star Rating: 3.5 stars
Heat Rating: Sweet & Innocent

*I was given this book for free from Rachel K Burke in return for an honest review*

Renee Evans is pushing the restart button on her life and has moved back to her hometown of Boston, trying to put herself together again after experiencing heartbreak and betrayal.  Renee moves into an apartment complex and literally runs into her neighbor Dylan Cavallari.  They took instant dislike to each other and went on their separate ways, until music brought them together again.  Could you resist trying to find the source of someone playing a version of your favorite song that you have never heard?  After hearing Dylan sing a version of Jeff Buckley's  “Lover, You Should Have Come Over”  (Here is a link to the YouTube video), their relationship changes.

“When he sang, he sang like he meant it.  He sang with a sense of desperation, like his entire soul had come to life through music.”

Dylan Cavallari is a singer/songwriter who doesn't perform.  EVER.  He has let fear of rejection and crowds keep him away from his dream of being a singer.  Renee changes his life.  What starts out as two people hanging out and bonding over music evolves into an enjoyable ride these characters take to get Dylan on stage, and into Renee's heart where he belongs.

“As he pulled me closer to him, our eyes met for a brief second, and I felt something between us that was hard to put into words.  It was a feeling that we both shared, a feeling where you just want to freeze time and live in that moment forever.  A feeling that maybe life and love really do work out the way they’re meant to.”

One of my favorite themes in a book is friends turning into lovers, I eat that up.  Add a rocker/bad boy and I am instantly hitting 1-Click on Amazon.  I enjoyed this book, I really liked Dylan and how his relationship with Renee evolved, it was fun to read and watch unfold.  This was a book that I picked up planning on reading a chapter or two, then getting back to laundry/chores/kidlet duties, but suddenly the book was over and I almost missed bus pick up.  Rachel's writing style was like eating potato chips, super easy to enjoy and addicting (I had to read just a bit more and more).  

I learned something about myself reading this story (besides being WAY out of the loop on my music trivia) I like HEAT in my stories.  Now that doesn't mean every story I read has to turn my cheeks red and hide my Kindle from my kids, I just want a bit of heat.  After reading about two characters discovering that they are in love with each other I want a steamy hot kiss and at least a bit of action, not a quick sentence saying that they were together.  

Something else I would have really liked to see was MORE!  I wasn't done with these characters when the book was over.  I wanted to know more about what was going to happen to them and I would have liked to see more with the other characters in the book (especially her best friend Justine).  A POV from Dylan would have been great too (while I am making a wish list), seems like I always want to know what goes on in a guy's head during certain parts of a book.  

Sound Bites was a bit predictable and did kind of go into a typical direction. I felt the story was rushed at the ending, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.  Good news: this is a stand-alone book, no cliffhangers!! (for those of us that have no patience waiting for a book)  This was a sweet, quick read that left me wanting to know more about these characters and their friends.  Anytime I keep thinking about a book, that is a sign of a good read.  I enjoyed Rachel's characters and writing style and I will definitely be looking for more from this author!  

How to connect with Author Rachel K Burke:

Rachel has generously offered to giveaway an e-book copy of Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story to one lucky winner.  The giveaway starts tonight (Sunday April 21st) and runs until 6pm EST on Friday April 26th.  Get your entries in and GOOD LUCK!!