Love Bytes by D. River is a fun, romantic adventure set in an Earth much like our own, but where magic and magical creatures are as much a part of the world as science and technology. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Love Bytes by D. River
Purchase Links: Amazon
Series: Feral Hearts Tales #1
Author: D. River
Publisher: Lightbane Publications; 2 edition (July 7, 2012)
Genre: M/M, shifters, paranormal, fantasty
Length/Format: 1502 KB/265 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4
About the Author: Learn more about D. River by checking out the author’s website or following along on Facebook or Twitter.
Ryder has been friends with Tucker since they were in the first grade. They grew up together, they joined the Marines together and they moved to the vast metropolis of New York City together. Nothing could tear them apart.
Or so they believed. When they get bitten by a mysterious creature, they find themselves drawn together in a whole new way that is both exciting and terrifying. Neither of them is prepared to face the feelings they now have or what that could mean for their future.
This is the story of their quest for a cure, which takes them through such locales as Little Avalon, the Wild Wood and the haunted ruins of Old Syracuse. Together they must face down dangers and challenges even as they grapple with the life-shift of now being mated werewolves.
Love bytes is a wonderful cross between friends to lovers and a shifter/paranormal romance.
Ryder and Tucker are straight best friends. Very human, although they live in a world that knows about shifters and magical folks. One evening of playing basketball ends rather abruptly with both of them being bitten by an unknown creature. Soon after, strange things start happening ranging from fur to sexual attraction and they head out in search of answers. I loved these two characters. They were very different from one another but had an incredibly tight friendship and other than sexual attraction, these two were really made for each other.
This was a story I really did read less for the romance and more for the engaging story line. The pace was brisk enough to keep you on your toes but not so fast that things were left unexplained. I loved their forays into the magical world and their slow realization that they are mates fated to be together forever.
There are several threats that they have to avoid in their quest for answers so there is always a reason to turn the page. I love the secondary characters that the author created, both good and bad. I found myself drawn into the story and really hoping that these two could find a way to stay together for a happily ever after. There is another book in the series and you won’t get everything totally wrapped up at the end of Love Bytes but I can’t wait to see what come in the next installment!