Sound Bites Review

Sound Bites
By: Rachel K. Burke

Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing demeanor make him exactly the type of guy that Renee should steer clear of – which is most likely the reason she falls for him. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threatens to drive her and Dylan apart, Renee is forced to face her past and save her relationship with Dylan before it's too late.

Sound Bites dramatizes what happens when Renee finds herself caught between a painful past and an uncertain future. Happiness turns out to be within her grasp, but it all depends on whether she can trust herself enough to make the right decisions. Sound Bites is a novel about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and the power of music to help you find your way.

“Love is a funny thing. It's as if you spend your whole life waiting for it, and then, when it finally happens, everything just sort of falls into place. You don't have to question it or second guess it. It just feels... right.” 

Renee just got out of a serious relationship after she caught her best friend sleeping with her boyfriend. To try and move on, she moves back to Boston and tries to start her life over. What she didn't expect was the asshole living upstairs.

I really did like this one, but really only for Dylan. He's the asshole with musical talents, but he is also endearing, sweet and mischievous.  His wicked grins with his attitude made me laugh. The first interaction between him and Renee is what hooked me to begin with. Give me a jerk any day! Even if his jerk status doesn't last long because we slowly get to see his walls crumble and see the sensitive, nervous side of him.
“I want to be with someone who understand me, who at least cares enough about me to try to understand.” 
I thought Renee was sweet at best. There really is nothing wrong with her I just didn't overly like her. Not saying it's a bad book by any means, it's just not one that I went crazy over. It just missed something. The ending was maybe a little to clean. It all just seem to come together too easily, plus I wanted more details. It was a quick read, like I mean 2 hrs, which is why maybe I didn't become invested in the characters, There just wasn't enough time to fall in love with them.

I have to say however though, that I loved the setting of the book. The whole musician thing is so overly done that I'm hesitant to start this kind of book. I do have to say that Rachel has done a really good job. I really like how Renee wasn't falling over his every move, and showed that she was independent. She didn't go to every one of his shows, cause she knew she didn't have to. She waited at home for him. Also, the other way around, I loved that we got to see Dylan's side. He was extremely nervous about being up on stage and not a cocky asshole like most musicians are. It was a real treat!
“I think trust is an important part of any relationship. but I also think it's something that can be rebuilt if you're willing to work at it.”
Overall it was a good book that I think most people will enjoy, I just could only give it 3 paws because I wasn't addicted to it. Sound Bites has plenty of friendship drama, boy drama, work drama, and really displays what it means to be an adult. I really do think its fantastic and if you like your book with musicians I'll tell you to not pass Sound Bites up, because you will get so much more then that.

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