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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,831 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Renee Evans has a knack for trouble. After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan Cavallari, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. Dylan’s piercing gaze and womanizing de ...more
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Published December 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 13th 2012)
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Kellie Maddox-Ward
”Renee, Maybe is not an acceptable answer. That’s like saying you’re a little bit pregnant and or caught a touch of the breast cancer. Deep dpwn, you know whether or not you love someone.”

This book popped up while I was looking at KA’s Rock Chicks.
As all my friends on her know I am a sucker for a great Cover! And I really liked this one.

This book was ok. Short but Ok.
It was kind of YA but they were mid 20’s.

Renee and Justine have been best friends for over 10 years. They even moved from B
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thing, download Jeff Buckley's album Grace

The book started a bit slow for me, but the mention of Jeff Buckley early on, and the take on the lack of quality in modern music had me hooked. This story could have easily just been pages of rants of the lack of talent and meaning of current artists and I would have given it 5 stars. I cried through my teenage heartache to this album. Last Goodbye was my official end of relationship anthem.

So the start of this had me worried, I was concerned that
Anne OK
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Put the words “rock and roll” together in a title and it’s almost sure to be a hit for me.

Betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Renee leaves her job as a musical journalist and returns to her hometown to mend her broken heart. That’s where she meets her new neighbor, Dylan, a very talented musician who is held back by stage fright. An almost instantaneous attraction occurs between them. He’s playing her song . . . and it’s speaking volumes to her. They share a passion for music and much mo
Autumn Review
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, review
My Summary:
Renee is a music journalist living in LA with her childhood best friend. They both moved out there to go to UCLA and decided to stay once they graduated. Then Renee got involved with a co-worker, but she had some doubts about their relationship. One day, after Renee comes home from an out of town trip she finds her best friend and boyfriend in bed together. She flees the scene and moves home to Boston.

Once in Boston, she finds an apartment and is searching for a job. She meets Dylan,
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to thank AToMR tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. When I first saw this book cover and then read the blurb I said I have to read this book ASAP and be a part of this tour. First the author Rachel is from Boston, MA AKA Bean Town and I live an hour from there but I am always in Boston hanging out enjoying all there is to enjoy and music is one of the things I love the most about Boston. Every summer they have music on the commons and all different bands play and p ...more
Claire Robinson
2.75 Stars.

I have to be honest and say that Sound Bites is probably the first HarperImpulse title I haven't totally enjoyed.

Don't get me wrong, it is OK and if you have a few hours to fill you could do alot worse. But I feel that the story has so much potential that is still screaming for release.

I have to say that it does contain the best "break the ice" line I have ever read, in the fact that it is also the worst "break the ice" line I have ever read as well....

"Nice child-molester van you g
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember how I've been rambling the past weeks about book were the girl and the guy are perfect for each other, fight, make me suffer and then they're back together happily ever after and how they were pissing me off? This one follows the same storyline BUT I LOVED IT! It was so different in many ways, allow me to start:

Renee has had to endure some pretty crappy situations, like the huge betrayal of her boyfriend and best friend, quitting her dream job and going back to her home town. But life a
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, favorites
THAT WAS AWESOME! I got this book stewing for a long time, Im such an idiot that i didn't read it immediately, But this a read really worth staying late for! I just suck when there is music involved in a book or arrogant boys with a loving side(damn where are guys like that in real life?). Renee move was a damn good one and a very depressing thing too, but who would fault her right?. Her personality was really inspiring, her stubborn attitude to be followed( just a common we have) ,and her pushi ...more
Erica Alyson
I absolutely LOVED this book from the minute I started reading it I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. I was up til 2 AM and 62% done and made myself put it down cause I wanted to look forward to getting up and reading more. It was absolutely perfect!!!! I loved all the characters. Renee was a GREAT main character. I liked watching her grow. I also of course LOVED Dylan!!! LOVED!!!!

Hoping there will be another cause I want to know how things turn out!!!!
DNF :*(
I really didn't like the heroine in this, she was just too "poor me". And when I don't like the heroine I just can't keep going with the story.
Khanique McDaniel
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sound bites was not a good book in my opinion. Even with a cliche everything, it could have still been better executed.

Dylan is a confusing character at times, or maybe its the situations that we find ourselves in. He does give us some laughs throughout and I swear the boy is one road away from having tourettes.

Still, I guess that was suppose to be his difference from your usual characters. The straightforwardness and overall bad mannerisms. It's like he was disrespectful for fun. Sometimes I ho
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit, I got sucked into reading this one!! I was browsing through my store on my e-reader and this book was one that they recommended for me, but being the studious reader that I am, I had to check it out on Goodreads and see what other readers were saying about it and low and behold there was a "Read Now" button so I hit it and started reading and when I had finished the excerpt (no I didn't realize I wasn't going to get to read the whole thing when I hit the button) I had to know what ...more
Sounds Bites did not disappoint as a cute and convincing contemporary romance. I loved it! I could not put the book down. I had some errands I needed to run so I told myself that I would read for 2 hours and then I could run to the store, post office etc. Well, as you can probably guess- I didn't make it to any store that day. Once my two hours were up, I just couldn't bring myself to set the book aside. Not even for a few hours. I just kept on reading into the night.

I loved that at first glanc
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first sentence, I was like yup exactly how I felt, as it starts out with, "Going from Catholic school to public school is like living in a fishbowl your whole life, and then being dumped into the Mississippi River." Yes this is exactly how I felt, when I went to public school, so I knew I was going to like this story, as I already felt like I could relate to Renee, and I love to connect some way to the characters. Speaking of, I really liked her character. We first see her as som ...more
Kristen Fisher
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firstly thank you to Rachel for getting in touch about taking part in my blog anniversary giveaway. I downloaded this book after she got in touch because as with many Harper Impulse titles it sounded ideal for me. Check back on the 24th of June to win a copy of Sound Bites as well as some other Harper Impulse titles!

As I've said I thought this sounded ideal for my reading tastes, I loved the cover and the title interested me too because I also love music.

The story is all about female main charac
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing that drew me into this story was the cover. I am a total Converse girl, so I of course thought this cover was adorable. Then, I saw that this was a "Rock & Roll Love Story" and knew I had to be a part of this blog tour. A story about a girl who falls for a musician? When can I start??

Renee's story turned out to be funny, adorable, sweet, and just straight up enjoyable. Renee had walked in on her best friend and boyfriend together, so she moves back to where she's from to star
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Renee is back in her hometown of Boston, not because she wants to be but because while in LA with her supposed best friend she walked in on her sleeping with her boyfriend. And on her homecoming from her grandfather's funeral. Fleeing seems like the best option but means leaving her writing job that she loves and her friend she has had for over a decade. Her first day at her new apartment and she rams her car into her neighbor's van, this is her first introduction to Dylan. The next few interact ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A great little book about love and friendship.

After walking in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed together, twenty-five year-old Renee flees sunny Los Angeles and her dream job as a music journalist and returns to her hometown of Boston – only to meet Dylan, the mysterious, aspiring musician who lives in her apartment building. However Dylan is normally the type of guy Renee would steer clear of. They develop a close friendship overtime. But when Renee’s troublesome ex comes back and threa
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To just give my opinion on the story first. So Rachel does a great job setting Renee and her BFF Justine up. They are friends, go to UCLA, live together and are inseparable for about 10 years. Then Justine sleeps with David, Renee's boyfriend while she is out of town. OK BAD enough but the girl goes to Boston because her grandfather dies and he sleeps with her room mate. What kind of imbeciles are they? Both very bad characters and this is what creates the current situation. Seriously need a vir ...more
Four & 1/2 STARS--Don't you enjoy a book that keeps you up at night? Then you wake up early to go finish reading, not caring if you're the least bit tired. That's what "Sound Bites" was for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, how they met (hilarious car accident though I'm sure they didn't think so), Renee's back story as to why she moved (best friend sleeping with her boyfriend) and Dylan.


I enjoyed his character especially when Renee acted pigheaded and he let her stew on her own
Renee Evans was happy with the life she was leading with her best friend by her side, dream job, and boyfriend she thought she had it all, until she walked in on her best friend and boyfriend in bed. Moving back to Boston was a humbling experience, Renee begins to take a long look at her life past, present and future and wonders where it will lead.

After a few unpleasant bump in's with neighbor Dylan Cavallari, she discovers the man sings like her favorite rock star. Dylan is shy about performin
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebies
This was a sweet and easy story. Renee returns to her hometown after finding her boyfriend cheating on her. It kinda funny how Dylan and Renee first meet. It is not a friendly encounter. Dylan is a closet musician (Renee's words) and Renee helps him to step out his shyness and embrace the gift that he has.

This is all from Renee's POV and I wish that there was Dylan's as well. Dylan's character could have been fleshed out more. It felt like there was so much more to him and you just barely scratc
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2012-reads
Hmmmmm.....this was actually good, not perfect but good enough that I want you guys to read it. What caught my attention was of course the cover (again, what the heck I'm a sucker for cute covers, arent we all?), it is about music (which is one of my favorite topics) and of course the male MC is a man whore (which we all love, don't we girls?), so I have to give it a try. Glad I did coz I was not disappointed. Yes, it was a short read and the story was rather common but I loved Dylan and Renee, ...more
Heather andrews
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dylan is rough around the edges, "Christ, I know we didn't exactly get off on the right foot," he continues. "But I'm trying to be cordial and say hello. The least you could do is reciprocate." And don't even think about dissing his apartment he goes all ape sh**, "listen," he said. "I know it's a mess, but I don't want to hear one complaint out of your mouth or I'm kicking your a** out. Understood?" When he comes home at night he expects his woman to be there, "listen to me," he instructed. "I ...more
 Bunny Christine
Based on the reviews, I was excited to read "Sound Bites," by Rachel K. Burke; I too have had a tumultuous love affair with the music industry and it's bad boy rockers. I was hoping to connect with some part of this romantic view of the rock n' roll scene, and to be honest some parts were true to life as I knew it: the girls, the clubs, and the venues.

The main problem with this work is the writing. I felt as though i had flashed back to high school lit, and instead of reading the assigned works
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Sound Bites! This was a cute fun contemporary romance. The writing was great, the characters were interesting and I was able to connect with Renee throughout the entire book. I read Sound Bites in one sitting because I could not put it down and the end left me sighing and saying "Awwwwh!" Lately, all I have been reading are YA books (which I love) and I have to say that Sound Bites had a YA "feel" to it but had some adult situations. Great read and I hope to read more from Rachel K. Burk ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Love the cover for this book!!

Rock Star Romance - my favorite word combination so I was excited to read this one. It was a good read but I didn't love it. There was quite a detailed and well written build up to the crux of the story of Renee and Dylan but once together it was rushed and we didn't get to revel in it.
It was however quite a convincing contemporary romance and the characters of Dylan and Renee were very well written.

Jessica Salt
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rachel? I really love your book on Sound Bites: A Rock and Roll Love Story. This book was the best Rock and Roll love story I ever read. The story had Friendship, Romance, Heartbreaks, and finally and at least Forgiveness. I love how two people who love the same thing fell in love. I love how she and him got engaged with a Baby coming along. I was touched when I was reading this amazing book. You done a really good job on this book. I am going to read it again.
Giselle *Hopeless Book Lover*
This book had me laughing, grinning stupidly, and sad all the time! I really enjoyed it and the characters in it. Dylan was hysterical with all the shit he pulled throughout the novel. He angered me a lot throughout the novel but he was still amazing. Renee was a great MC and I loved her boldness. I wish this book could have been longer though!!!
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Rachel Burke is the author of three new adult novels, Sound Bites, Love Bites and Finding Mia.

In 2014, she created The Skinny Chick’s Cookbook, a health food blog that features all-natural recipes with 10 ingredients or less, which was published as a cookbook in 2017.

Rachel grew up in Boston, MA and now resides in Santa Monica, CA.

Her blog can be found at

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