Love Bites by Rachel K. Burke
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 29, 2014
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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.
I didn’t sleep at all that night. Neither did David. The conversation between us just seemed to unravel and expand into further levels of depth, and before I knew it, the sun was streaming through the window.
I told him things I had never told anyone. My fears, my insecurities. He was the only person I had ever felt completely, wholeheartedly comfortable with. It was like I could be myself, unconditionally, without judgment. It felt real. It felt right.
David propped his head up on his elbow and stared at me from the other end of the sofa. “You do know you’re beautiful, right?” David, who typically joked about everything, was being completely serious.
“Everyone in L.A. is beautiful,” I said.
“Yeah, but you have an edge. You have that feisty east coast attitude. And honestly…” He hesitated, clearing his throat. “If we weren’t in these circumstances, I’d be with you in a heartbeat.”
“Oh come on, Renee’s great,” I said, trying to bring my best friend back into the picture before I forgot about her altogether and did something stupid.
“She is. But she can be really critical. I bet you’d watch football with me on a Sunday and not roll your eyes.”
I would’ve done anything with him if it meant I could stare into those crazy brown eyes for one more second.
“I’m really glad I came over tonight,” he said in a low voice, changing the subject. “I can’t tell you the last time I felt…” He closed his eyes.
“I shouldn’t be saying this.”
He shouldn’t have. But I wanted him to.
There was a pause, and neither of us said anything. Something was changing. I could feel it. It was like an unstoppable force was pulling us together.
When I looked up, his eyes locked with mine, and my heart stopped. The look on his face was unfamiliar to me. He was usually so laid back and funny, but the intensity in his eyes felt like he was an entirely different person.
He inched his body closer and pressed his face toward mine, but I pulled back.
“David, I can’t,” I said. “Trust me, I’d love to, but…”
“But what?” he asked. “Don’t you feel this, between us? I know you feel it. I’ve felt it since the minute we met.”
“Of course I feel it,” I admitted. “But I love Renee, and I would never do that to her.”
“Okay, then we’ll wait,” he said. “We’ll wait until she breaks up with me. We’ll wait until she moves on. But… there’s something here Justine. You can’t argue that.” He looked straight into my eyes again. “Maybe we can’t act on it now, but someday.”
And then, as the sun came pouring through the window, I drifted off to sleep next to him.
Someday. I could live with that.
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, Rachel combined her love of writing and music and began freelancing for a music column in Worcester Magazine. She also worked as a music journalist for Starpulse News Entertainment and Jamsbio Magazine, as well as a fitness journalist for Prevention Magazine.
Rachel graduated from Bridgewater University in 2011 with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies.