Love Bytes

Gale Stanley
Love Bytes
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
March 2013
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, vampires, HEA]

Hoping to reignite their rocky romance, geeky IT tech Benjamin Kempler goes out of his comfort zone to buy a sexy Valentine for his boyfriend. But before the big day arrives, he gets dumped by a text message and it looks like he'll be spending another Valentine's Day on his own. Ben decides to make a life-changing move. Instead of suffering V-Day depression alone in Los Angeles, Ben will be suffering culture shock in London where he relocates for a new start.

Sexy Welshman Rhys Wynn welcomes Ben into his hostel—and his bed. They share a strong connection, but Ben backs off. He would rather spend Valentine's Day alone than risk another broken heart. Rhys knows they belong together, but his secret prevents him from pursuing the young American. He's a vampyre who's already lost one soul mate, and he won't risk Ben's life.

Can love conquer all, or will history repeat itself?

Book Review by Lynn (reviewer)
May 17, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
246 people found the following review helpful
Love isn't easy, but sometimes it is worth it, and sometimes it is just undeniable. In LOVE BYTES, Ben and Rhys are determined not to fall in love with each other, but there are greater forces working against them.

Ben is recently heartbroken; Rhys has never recovered from the loss of his true love. The two men are instantly attracted to one another and both immediately vow to fight the attraction. Ben is looking for a fresh start and to stop making mistakes in his love life. Rhys found his soul mate but lost him because he couldn't handle growing old while Rhys, a vampyre, remained young. While Ben and Rhys try to fight their attraction to one another, they work to move beyond the relationship demons haunting them.

This was a fun and unique story. I enjoyed the characters and the author's way of writing about their pain and fears. The characters had unique identities and characteristics that were twined together well. I enjoyed that the one characteristic they shared was their insecurity.

The story was brief and therefore the relationship development was not explored as deeply as I would have liked. The presentation of Rhys' background offered great insight into his relationship hesitations, but some of it seemed unnecessary to the plot. Ben's introduction to and immediate acceptance of vampyres did not feel natural to me and was a piece of plot development that I would have liked to see expanded.

Overall, this was a good story that I enjoyed reading. It had unique plot elements and engaging characters.
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