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Shakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with thShakira had never felt at home growing up in Surrey, but as soon as she entered the quaint Welsh village she knew she belonged. Maybe it was because of the welcoming villagers. Or perhaps it was the presence of the others whom she sensed nearby; the ones she saw in her dreams, with their strange glowing eyes.Fate is not always kind. It gives with one hand and takes with the other. There is a reason she didn’t grow up with her own kind.A rich tale of witchcraft, fae, sorcery, elinefae and dragons; this is a story for all who dare to believe.Now available as a paperback as well as ebook...

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ISBN : 35830851
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Number of Pages : 594 Pages
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Love Bites Reviews

  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    2018-10-14 10:47

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟STARSSo I absolutely adored Love Bites (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) by T.L. Clark and I really can't wait to get started on the second book.I can honestly say I don't think I have ever read anything this different Love Bites has a uniqueness to it that I haven't seen in a while.A freshness to a paranormal/fantasy theme that I haven't encountered before.I read a lot and can honestly say this is the first time I have encountered this idea.Here we are dealing with basically evolved felines.Elinefae to give this race of unique individuals their correct name.Basically, a race of cat-people who have kept their selves separate from the world almost lost in another time if you regard their lack of technology and how they live in Dens underground.Clans of Elinefae who are basically forbidden to mix with humans each clan having the aid of a witch.And into this strict hemisphere of controlled populace comes Shakira searching for something she's not quite sure of just following her inner psyche until she lands in a small welsh village beginning a journey that has been in the reckoning for nigh on twenty years.In the process Setting in motion a ball that cannot be stopped in its momentum gathering speed along the way.Until all of Shakira's questions are finally answered.So as I said earlier this is so fresh and unique Love Bites is filled with all sorts of magical creatures a lot would do Kiera harm given the opportunity (Kiera is Shakira's new chosen name on account of Pryderi being unable to pronounce Shakira.)Pryderi is?well, Maybe you should pick this up and give this a go and find out for yourself.I Guarantee you Pryderi is all sorts of fascinating.And you so won't be bored.This was such an easy engaging read with fantastic world building a truly unique experience all-round.I read this so fast and in one sitting I was that engrossed and lost in this fascinating original world.So Love Bites is filled with witches, fairies sirens, warlocks the list goes on and on.This is such a magical extravaganza that I really enjoyed and didn’t want to end.So to finish up this was a great read that I highly recommend.I was gifted a copy of "Love Bites" (Darkness & Light Duology, #1) from the Author of which I have reviewed voluntary.All opinions expressed are entirely my own.Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm.

  • Dianne
    2018-10-22 18:30

    So often, people don’t feel like they quite fit in and that is exactly how Shakira felt, just not on the same wave length as those around her. It wasn’t until she moved to Wales that she finally discovered why she felt “different.” It wasn’t her, it was the human world she lived in, because as soon as she is “transformed” by a handsome young man, the world she should belong in comes to life. Is Shakira finally going to find a place to feel like home or will she discover that even in the mysterious world of magick she does not quite belong. Is it her fault or the circumstance of her birth?Speaking of birth, a man will come into her life who wants nothing more than to know her and possibly kill her, a man filled with powerful magick, a man she should be able to freely call “father.” What drives his ire against her? Is he truly evil or has something in his own past twisted the man he has become today? In a world of witches and vampires, Shakira’s every existence is forbidden.Step into the world of LOVE BITES by T.L. Clark and meet a heroine with attitude, standing strong in spite of her predicament, laugh at moments of quirky dialogue and feel your inner temps rise at some very adult, very hot moments of passion! T.L. Clark doesn’t heave us over the edge into the action and tense moments, readers can settle in and get a good feel for the atmosphere before the real chaos begins. Definitely worth taking a look at for paranormal lovers always looking for that next great read that is just a little different.I received an ARC edition from T. L. Clark in exchange for my honest review.Series: Darkness & Light Duology - Book 1Publication Date: August 27, 2017Publisher: T.L. ClarkGenre: FantasyPrint Length: 368 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More:

  • Prakash Sharma
    2018-10-19 14:50

    TL Clark brilliantly created the world of witches, sorcerers and battling clans of vampires. The book is an enjoyably read. Shakira started jogging in deep forests and ultimately, came to know that she is only half human. This novel is a nice mix of fantacy and romance.

  • Crystal
    2018-10-14 10:38

    Love Bites follows the life of Shakira, a young woman who has never really fit in anywhere. She decides to move away from her family and to start a new life in a new town. Shakira is drawn to Wales, especially to the mysterious forest bordering the small town of her new home. The novel is a mix of self discovery, fantasy, and romance. It was also a bit like reading a mystery. I felt like I was discovering all the secrets of a magical world right alongside Shakira. I love a good fantasy adventure with a healthy dose of romance. Love Bites checks all of those boxes! TL Clark did an excellent job of world-building. It was fun to discover the secret lives of smart witches, temperamental fairies, the mysterious elinefae, and shady sorcerers. The pacing was good, with a slow build at the beginning and lots of action in the final chapters. I’m not a big fan of cliffhangers, and technically, Love Bites did not end on one. All of the major issues are resolved, and all of the big questions are answered. However, there is a twist at the end that is pretty huge. Fortunately, the second book in TL Clark’s duology is available. At least I don’t have to wait to find out what happens next!

  • Julia Blake
    2018-09-22 12:34

    Although this is not normally a genre I read, I'd been following this particular author on Instagram for a while, so decided to give it a go, and I'm very glad I did.Right from the start, the plot is engrossing and draws you into the tale. Just why has Shakira left everything behind and run away to a tiny Welsh village? What is it about her, that means she has found it impossible to ever feel she really belongs anywhere? As the story unfolds, we discover that Shakira is much more than she ever imagined possible, although I did doubt her intelligence when she went jogging in the woods, alone. Has she never seen a horror film?Believing this to be your typical YA novel, I was a little taken aback by the first graphic sex scene, yet they are very well written, so, once the initial shock is over, you settle down and simply enjoy them as a necessary part of the plot.The author has very cleverly built a credible and believable world around her characters, with enough backstory to inform, but not so much you get bogged down in the details, and I look forward to learning more of this world in book two.The character of Shakira, as she morphs into Kira, develops nicely, learning her strengths along the way, but never losing sight of her humanity and compassion, which, in the end, turns out to be her greatest strength after all.There was a lot I really liked about this book, and only one tiny thing I didn't, and that was the split dialogue, which sometimes made it a little difficult to know whom was talking. But that is just a personal observation, and in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the novel.The plot rolls along at a fair old pace, as witches, sorcerers and battling clans of vampires are thrown enjoyably into the mix, the whole thing interspersed with frequent deliciously naughty sex scenes. On the whole, a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the next book.

  • Catherine Imbeault || The Reading Cat ||
    2018-09-24 11:55

    I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you T.L. Clark!I have to say that I love cats. Like L-O-V-E cats. When I first read that the elinefae were half human half cat, I was surprised and a little on the fence about if it would work. I am happy to report that IT DID WORK! Oh man, once this story got going I couldn't stop reading! It does take a little while to get accustomed to the world and creatures, but the second half of the book really did it for me.What really stuck out for me was the humour; the little expressions that make you laugh, like "Ohh Poopey!". (Side note, I totally say that in real life). The humour also brought out all of the characters' personalities. They are all so different, and relatable. (Other confession: I love sassy characters *wink*). Honestly, can I be part of that world? The danger with fantasy, is getting in over your head with a super complex world that isn't cohesive. This did not happen in Love Bites. This book had a decent amount of creatures and beings, and was the right size. It grew at an appropriate pave which allowed the reader to gradually firmly grasp each concept Clark threw our way. TL! How do you finish a book like that??? As soon as you guys read this one, you'll definitely want the sequel! Good thing they come out on the same day eh? Oh! I almost forgot to mention this: IT'S SUPER SEXY AT TIMES. I mean, like so hot under the collar... catch my drift *second wink*

  • Maggie Hasbrouck
    2018-10-02 18:44

    Overall: It was a little slow to start for me, but once it got going, I was interested enough to read all the way through. The characters were introduced at a steady pace, and I was never lost or confused—which is a big plus for a fantasy novel.Writing: I felt the writing was, for the most part solidly good. At times, a string of sentences would seem more like stand-alones rather than parts of a paragraph, but for the most part, the prose didn’t get in the way of the story. The descriptions of places and characters allowed me to visualize things pretty easily. Dialogue moved the story forward, was crisp and snappy when it was appropriate, and sometimes it was just okay. Also, the sex scenes were well done.Plot: once it got going the plot moved forward at a pretty fast pace, at times it was maybe a bit rushed. It was easy to follow (yay) and never felt bogged down by too much world building. Characters: The characters, (and creatures and beings) were likable and fairly well fleshed out, but at times I wanted more depth. There is plenty of room here for a second book.Recommendation: If complicated world building keeps you away from fantasy, this fast-paced book might win you over.

  • Erin Bomboy
    2018-09-24 15:57

    This was my first time reading this genre, and I liked it! TL Clark has quite an imagination, and she does an excellent job describing the assorted magical groups including the Elinefae, who are cat-like creatures. As a cat lady myself, I enjoyed this incarnation of felines, which captures their fierceness, loyalty, and beauty.Love Bites, the first in the Darkness and Light Duology, centers around Shakira, a woman who has left her adopted family to find herself. She discovers a lot more than she bargained for. She's half Elinefae plus a powerful sorceress to boot, both of which prove to be a blessing and a curse. She falls madly for Prygeri, her Elinefae soulmate, but she also must grapple with a sorcerer father who suspects her power may be greater than his. A couple of good witches add to the hijinks, doling out a brew of humor, kindness, and context.The pace is brisk, and the plot easy to follow but not overly predictable. While Shakira, later renamed Kiera, is the heroine, I enjoyed witch Lily the best due to her personality, which is sweet and occasionally sassy.While the dialogue is snappy and realistic, the heavy-handed use of dialogue tags (often coupled with -ly adverbs) was distracting. Sometimes, the tag reiterated what was already covered in the speech, and other times, it was just a physical impossibility (you can't breathe and speak at the same time as vocalizations only occur on an exhale).Overall, this criticism reflects my preferences, and I imagine most readers will be too caught up in the story to care. I would rate something like this 3.5 stars, but I bumped it up to four since it was so much fun.

  • Amy Shannon
    2018-10-10 15:51

    Interesting paranormalThe story is full of vampires and witches, and Shakira's existence in this world. This is the first book I've read by Clark, and I'm sure I'll add the next book in this Darkness & Light duo to my TBR list. This is just book one, and it peeked my interest, and was very indulgent. The story was well written but maybe falls a little too much in the template of paranormal genre, but the search for adventure in the story was there. The characters were well-rounded but need a little more depth. I did enjoy the story and the writing of Clark. I'll be reading more of Clark's stories, I'm sure.

  • BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
    2018-09-26 18:57

    Amount of sex 3 / 5How explicit 2 / 5Story 4 / 5Overall: 4 / 5Review: Drawn to the small anti-stranger Welsh town, Shakira finds her place among the locals serving tea and coffee at the local cafe. She loves to run and be in nature finding a connection there like no other. Yet, something is off and some of her new friends know it. With changes abound, Shakira finds herself in a strange new world she thought only existed in her childhood fantasies. Plunging into the world of Love Bites is a mystical and sometimes confusing experience. Like Shakira, the reader finds themselves in a unique world of witches, changelings, and sorcerers. T.L. Clark creates a magical world that is rich with multiple characters and stories. The main story focuses on Shakira, but there are many other characters with stories to tell. This is particularly true of the multiple witches that span the world. I enjoyed this complex story and world the author has created. The writer does a good job of explaining things and helping the reader (and Shakira) understand what is happening in an entertaining way. While there are frequent naughty bits, they are pretty tame by Behind Closed Doors standards.The story is fun, magical and entertaining. It does end on a cliffhanger.

  • Julia Red Hatter Book Blog
    2018-10-09 10:47

    Love Bites is a totally unique take on paranormal and myths. This book is jam packed with some amazing characters of all different paranormal races. Love Bites is centered around Kiera and Pryderi. Yet we get a bonus love story with Cerys and Chen. Kiera believes she is a human and when she moved to a new town she finds out differently. She meets Pryderi and had an immediate connection to him. Pryderi is Elinefae and confused on why he's obsessed with this woman. Enter Cerys the Elinefae clan witch and we find out Kiera isn't human at all. She's half sorceress and half Elinefae. Then starts an amazing action packed journey of self discovery, lies, secrets, love, and heart break. Kiera is fiercely brave and strong. She seems to take everything in stride. She is smart and learns so much so fast. Pryderi is a sigh worthy book boyfriend. He's a loyal warrior and mate. This story did go slow a bit in the beginning but after that it picked up steam and I couldn't put it down. The ending was shocking and leaves you scrambling for the next book. Not really a cliffhanger but enough to leave you hanging (it is a duet). Kiera will steal your heart with her bravery. She is such a very likable character that she has you rooting for her throughout the whole book.

  • Ruth Miranda
    2018-10-09 16:42

    This is a fast read. It's a fast paced story, very youthful and peppered with humour, a fairytale for grownups - because of the hot, steamy scenes, if it weren't for them, this book would not go wrong with being read by teens, but since there's a few love scenes of the torrid kind, I do not advise it to those under 18.The pace, as I said, is very fast, and a lot happens in not many pages, so be warned, you're in for a fast ride. There's a lot of dialogue, so if you don't fancy that kind of thing, this is probably not for you.The best thing about the book, as far as I can say, is the Elinefae. I pride myself in having read a lot of books all through my life, and I can vouch that I have never, ever come across something like the Elinefae. This is new, uncharted territory, and I think the author has got something here which she'd do well to explore. Of course, there's always the sequel to this one - Love Bites Harder - but I wonder if she might not pick up this world she created and delve deeper into it? As far as Fantasy Literature is concerned, I believe there's room for it. A good, fast read, all in all, entertaining and light.

  • Tracey
    2018-10-13 15:27

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was sceptical about whether I would like this book at first at it isn't something I would normally read. But the story had my interest peeked from the first few pages. Shakira is a young woman who doesn't feel she belongs and so decides to move from her parents and feels a call to move to a small village in Wales. It's here that she discovers why she has always felt an outsider and that's because she isn't human. I enjoyed the first half of the book. T L Clark has created some nice well rounded characters and the sassy banter between them had me laughing out loud at times. There are also some quite explicit sex scenes too which I felt a bit embarrassed reading as it was almost like intruding on the private moments of two friends.I was a little disappointed with the second half and the action part of the book. It was very fast paced but I felt almost a little rushed. But I did enjoy the book and will be adding the sequel to my "to read" list. Oh and i almost forgot to mention there are CATS :-)

  • Sarah-Jane
    2018-10-03 13:57

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks T. L. Clark! First of all, I was intrigued by the title and the blurb. An English girl moving to Wales to try to find a place to call home. What's not to like? I really liked the characters that she meets in the small town, with their cute little phrases. I felt that the first part of the novel was a bit slow, but then Clark does have to introduce us to all of these new characters. The second part was definitely a quicker pace, with so much happening. All in all, a great read! And I see that the sequel is available too!

  • S.K. Wee
    2018-09-23 16:53

    Shakira has never felt like she belonged while growing up. She decides to leave her past behind and put down roots elsewhere. When she arrives in a small Welsh community she feels like she has reached her destination. Finding employment and living quarters, she starts her new life. Soon she feels the pull to a forest path where soon revelation after revelation is revealed. Shakira is much more than she could ever have imagined and she encounters her soul-mate, Pryderi but can love conquer all? A wonderful mix of fae, shifters, vamps, and sorcerers make this an action-packed paranormal. Highly Recommended!

  • Andrew Cairns
    2018-10-21 10:52

    I enjoyed following the adventures of young woman Shaikra as she moves away from her home in Surrey to work in a coffee shop in a small village in Wales. What starts out as a tale of the character 'finding herself' gradually moves into a strange paranormal fantasy story. The characters are well-developed and there was enough suspense to keep me reading till the end. I hope to pick up the second part of the duology to find out what happens next.

  • K.S. Marsden
    2018-10-13 10:30

    Shakira is living a perfectly normal, dull life, until she is suddenly taken by the desire to move to a little Welsh town. Little does she know of the witches and paranormal creatures on the borders.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.This was a hard one for me. I really liked a lot of the ideas and characters, but the book (or at least the review copy I had) needs a lot of work.Shakira is introduced as an English girl, who decided to pack up and move to Wales on a whim. She is described as tall, and has a lot of back pain... Yes, I very much related to the main character (maybe that's what my back pain is: not the 200+ falls from horses, but that I'm secretly an elinefae).Shakira has been brought up by humans, and she has no idea about her real heritage, Or the undeniable pull towards this elinefae clan.The elinefae "cat people" are a really interesting new spin on some old myths and legends. They are a sub-species of human, that used to live peacefully alongside them, but now live in hiding.A lot of people (Shakira included) mistake them for vampires or werewolves, but they are something different.There's a lot of fun, as Shakira tries to learn the ways of the elinefae; and as her new mate is stumped by some of her modern phrases and habits.In fact, most of it was funny and entertaining. Clark has managed to capture a nice sense of humour in this book.The story is a lot bigger than Shakira, and the narration also follows some friendly witches, other elinefae clans, sorcerers and all sorts. You get the feeling that this is a very well-rounded paranormal extension to our world, with lots of inter-linking history.Unfortunately, the story is let down by the editing. The review copy I read felt a few drafts short of publication. The bare bones are there for a good story, it just needed fleshing out and tidying up.There was an instance of Shakira getting called Keira, before she adopted the name.The narration follows all the characters, and there's a lot of head-hopping, even with sentences and paragraphs.Shakira's mate speaks broken to fluent English, which changes throughout the book.There's a lot of telling - you jump into every character's head for a breakdown of their history, and their thoughts behind their actions - even minor characters. It all detracts from the story-telling.This was about a 2.5 out of 5 from me. It's a shame, despite the unfinished feel of the book, Clark still brings an interesting story, with plenty of amusement. I would be interested in reading more of her work.

  • Alberta J.
    2018-09-23 17:45

    A fun, interesting (and often raunchy) take on vampire legends. Set in a small Welsh village, the story begins with a recent newcomer, Shakira, trying to fit in with the local population. She has never quite felt 'at home' anywhere until she saw this small town and decided to stay, landing a job at a local eatery, and gradually making a couple of new friends. Shakira sets off for a run in the woods, and that is where her life beings to change. She senses something happening around her, has a strange meeting with a yellow-eyed creature, then after drinking some tea given to her by the town witch, she has vivid dreams about the forest, and about that particular set of eyes that she just couldn't forget. Shakira learns that she is of a unique birthright and meant to fulfill a destiny that begins with her transformation into elinefae, (a race of cat people that inhabit the forests, steer clear of humans, sorcerers and rival clans) and literally having to learn everything she was never taught by her human family. She has found her true self, and her true mate, Pryderi, but the secrets of her past have also found her, and now she will have to put all her new abilities to the test if she is to escape the clutches of an evil, tormented sorcerer, and return to the forest with her mate. Love Bites is fast read, I wasn't expecting all the graphic sex scenes and found myself wanting to throw water at them several times in the story. Personally, I would have liked a little more romance and less of the cats in heat, but that's just my preference. This would make a really cool graphic novel at some point. Would love to see the forest and magic portals come to life.

  • Sherrod Wall
    2018-10-03 18:54

    "Love Bites" by TL Clark is a great read for those seeking a solid blend of the paranormal, fantasy and romance genres.The narrative was fluid and made the story an easy and enjoyable read. By the end of the first chapter, I was intrigued and compelled to see where Clark would take me. Clark utilizes vivid description to mesmerize and delight. Clark's skill in this area can be seen when tones are set in new settings and when characters are introduced.Clark definitely has created an expansive universe with a multitude of denizens to fill it. I was impressed with how typical fantasy races were presented in different and creative ways.The romance scenes were just the right amount of sexy for me, and I believe readers hoping for some sensuality will not be disappointed.So, why four stars? I feel like a little more attention could have been paid to tightening up language in some areas. Other than that, I highly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to all readers looking for a fun, sexy paranormal/fantasy romance.

  • S.K. Gregory
    2018-10-02 18:31

    Shakira left home searching for something new, she never imagined she would end up in a world full of supernatural beings. I thought the story was slow to get off the ground, although the characters were well written, but as it progressed it got better. I think that readers who like urban fantasy and supernatural stories, will enjoy this. I would recommend it.

  • TDCbookreviews
    2018-10-04 10:45

    This takes a while to get into, but if you stick with it, it's alright. I couldn't get past the lack of descriptions and transitions in the beginning so I skimmed the last half. It had its moments but if you like paranormal and fantasy, give it a go! There is a glossary at the end (which would have been helpful to know at the beginning) so keep it handy.

  • Tracey Anderson
    2018-09-24 15:46

    This was a giveaway and I have to be honest, I struggled with it. I found the characters immature and the relationships happened too quickly. I normally do enjoy this genre so it's a bit disappointing.

  • CeDany CeDany
    2018-10-15 14:43