Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/New Adult
“Shakira didn’t fit in. The reason why is tragic…
Moving to Wales was a chance at a new start, a quest for somewhere to belong. Things don’t always go as planned. First it was the dreams. Why was she drawn to the forest?
And who are the strange beings with glowing cat-like eyes?
Then she meets him.
Can one kiss magically change her life?
Can she become the peacemaker she was meant to be?”
“TL Clark is a British author who stumbles through life as if it were a gauntlet of catastrophes.
Rather than playing the victim she uses these unfortunate events to fuel her passion for writing, for reaching out to help others. She writes about different kinds of love in the hope that she'll uncover its mysteries. Her loving husband (and very spoiled cat) have proven to her that true love really does exist.
Writing has shown her that coffee may well be the source of life.”
Shakira is not really sure what drew her to Wales when she left her parent’s house in Surrey, England in her little old Ford Puma (Very clever!). She is on a quest of self-discovery. What she learns is a lot more than she bargained for. Shakira ends up on a sharp learning curve when the plot divides into several story arcs. The characters are well-fleshed out and it becomes quite evident why Shakira never felt like she fit in. Even as the story develops this insecurity still haunts her.
Ms. Clark seamlessly weaves together finicky fairies, witches who aren’t as smart as they should be, new and unique paranormal creatures with their own society and laws, and sorcerers who think they can do whatever tickles their fancy. Oh, and a dragon with some unique qualities. (I want one!) The characters are diverse with many likable qualities, others are vile. Their dialogue is intelligent and informative.
Most of the story arcs came to a satisfying close, except for two important arcs left me hanging… I should have seen it coming, it’s mentioned in the title: Darkness & Light Duology Book 1. It is possible though, to end a book in a series without leaving readers hanging. Luckily, at this late dated review, the second book of the duology is available.
I did enjoy the story, I found it well written with a few proofing misses, nothing that threw me out of the story.
Love Bites is the first book in the Darkness & Light Duology. There are some graphic sex scenes and are some F-bombs. If you are sensitive to these issues, this book may not be for you. The author, being British, uses British spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: *** Three Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words