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Love Bites

(Sugar City #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Falling in love is like swimming with sharks…

Sharona Blaire is only in Australia for a business audit, but she’s determined to make the most of her one free night. So when she spills her drink on a handsome stranger and they end up flirting, she does something completely out of character—she kisses him. But the prospect of taking it further totally freaks her out…almost as
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Published August 18th 2014 by Entangled Bliss (first published August 17th 2014)
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Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Bites is a short, sweet cute read that leaves you with a good case of the warm and fuzzies. Jeff and Sharona (yes, in my head I was singing the song) were completely endearing loveable characters and Ophelia London brought this novella to life with her descriptions, detail and the fun and sexiness she injected.


Before I started reading, one of my loveliest friends explained she may have watched some 'sharkporn' for research purposes as she read it. Intrigued, I proceeded to do the same and
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I love to read clean romance. I don't want the details, I much prefer scenes to fade to black and have the door close. Entangled's Bliss line always closes the door but the problem with this line of book is that you never know how much lead up and foreplay you will get before the door closes. Some of their titles are squeaky clean and others push the limits. They are cute, quirky, quick reads that usually have an enjoyable story line so I keep reading these titles hoping the next one will be one ...more
4-1/2 stars.

You already know I ♥ Ophelia London, so I was crazy excited when I saw this new series from her, and ya'll--it's so sweet and cute. I loved these characters! I don't think I've read a book with a marine biologist before but dang! Jeff was the perfect mix of sexy and nerdy and gah! Sharona (geez, I cannot say her name without singing m-m-m-my sharona in my head every. single. time), anyway, Sharona was sassy and spontaneous, and I really liked her, too.

Just the right amount of fluff w
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Super fun and fluffy, exactly what I was looking for.

Loved the dual POV. Sharona and Jeff are both stubborn and snarky and I really liked seeing each character through the other's eyes. There was a lot of UST, which is my favorite, and some hot kisses.

All in all, a quick read that definitely had me wanting more. I'll be reading all of the books in this series.

**Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was a wonderful novella.

I liked Jeff and Sharona so much. It was a short lovable and sexy story without any love making scenes (apart from the hot kisses).

I loved the love bite on Jeff's neck it showed possessiveness and lust though I'm not a fun of love bites.

It was an amazing read.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of 2 people once bitten and twice shy, so to speak! Sharona and Jeff both have been burned and are skittish with relationships. They are both passionate about what they do; which is that Sharona is an accountant who has passion in what she does and genuinely wants to help people. Jeff is a Discovery Channel shark man with passion for learning more about sharks. He comes complete with real life shark bite scars.

When Sharona drops her tomato juice laden drink on Jeff while in the a
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged, arcs
First and foremost, Shark Week just finished but I'm still dealing with my shark obsession and this book goes perfectly with that. Second, I love Bliss Imprint books and I'm in desperate need of a break from emotional, angst filled reads. Also, I love books where people "hook up" thinking they'll never see each other again and then end up having to work together.
There is a hot guy with an accent, shouldn't that be enough to draw you into this book? No? Well how about little bit of danger and ex
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Cute. I literally read that in like 30, 40 minutes. Very short read.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fun, sexy read. I read it in one sitting not wanting to put it down. I was smiling and laughing right along with all the wit and sarcasm. I really enjoyed the characters and LOVED that both points of view were covered. Loved to hear his thoughts and hers! And Chapter 8 was so steamy hot! What I love about London is that you get all the sexy kissing! Loved. Will definitely continue the series.
Jessica Alcazar
Another GREAT fun afternoon read this past weekend for me!
I'll start by saying that my favorite part of this book was the dual POV. Somehow, for me, these types of books are more enjoyable because there's zero guessing about anything. You know what's in everyone's head!
The story was sexy and fun and a page turner. Once again, I look forward to more of this series and author!
Thank you NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Jessica Figueroa
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally, arc
This was a fun and sexy read. I loved the characters and that there was a dual POV of Jeff and Sharona. I liked that these characters were unique. There were moments when the book seems rushed and a bit too short for my liking but I still rather enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a great book that can be a mini escape for you this book might be for you.
Bette Hansen
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super fun sexy read. If you are looking for a light quick read this one is perfect. The characters and writing are great and you will be able to consume this one in an afternoon. Perfect relaxing book.
I highly recommend it!
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Being a book in Entangled’s Bliss line, Love Bites is on the sweeter side of romance, however it is still every bit as sexy as I’ve come to expect from author Ophelia London. Every time I read a book by her within the first chapter she has me hooked and this book is no different. An almost one night stand turns very interesting when a scientist and the woman sent to audit his research share an i
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads, romance
Bliss books always deliver a sweet love story. This one sure does. I need to just start with the title. It's brilliant. I so love when the title has meaning in the story and this one plays a fun role. Oh, no...I will not tell. But you're sure to enjoy it as much as I did. Hehe.

An almost one-night stand has these two avoiding each other the next day when they discover they are going to be working together - what could be more fun.

It's novella length and a fast read but it's a complete story. Told
Heather Anne
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Bites was a super fast read and one that left you filled with warmth and grin plastered to your face. Sharona and Jeff meet in an unfortunate way, at least for Jeff. I’m not too sure anyone would be as calm as Jeff was when having a Bloody Mary spilled all over himself during a long 24 hour flight, but then again, this spill leads up to a whole lot more.

Sharona has traveled down under for a quick business trip and to get away from her boss/ex-fiance.

Jeff is back home to collect some data f
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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First of all, I love these characters. Sharona is a klutz after my own heart. Jeff is funny, smart, and caring. Jeff Cruz is a hometown Aussie boy turned hero. He’s a marine biologist specializing in Great White Sharks. Jeff has dedicated his life to learning about them. Sharona Blake is an auditor for SED Independent Auditors of Miami-Dade County. She’s contracted by the University of Miami to perform an audit on how Jeff and his team allocates th
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a quick afternoon read then look no farther than Love Bites. I devoured this book in one sitting and got totally lost in the story.

Jeff and Sharona are fantastic characters. From the moment they meet to the very last sentence you will be drawn to these two.

I had to chuckle at the fact that Sharona spills a drink on Jeff not once but twice. It's something I would be unlucky enough to do. Not only does she do this, but she is also there to audit his work. This leads to a r
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts:

Sharks & Romance!

"I don't spill my drinks on just any man, you know." She touched his cheek. "only dashing shark lovers with panty dropping accents."

LOVE BITES by Ophelia London is the first book in her new Entangled Bliss series, Sugar City. I was in shark week withdrawal until I discovered LOVE BITES. I found it to be the perfect beach read and the answer to my shark obsession. It's a quick read at just 117 pages. It grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn't put it d
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sharona went to Australia for work, but on the way there she already catches the eye of a gorgeous guy named Jeff, when she accidentally spills the drink on him. That’s not the first nor last time it happens, on the second time they actually hit it off, but when things are about to get hot, she freaks out and leaves him waiting for her. The next morning, when she going to a auditing, Jeff and Sharona meet once again and that gives them the time to either work through their issues or end everythi ...more
4.5 stars

Love Bites was such a fun and entertaining read.

I'm a huge fan of Ophelia London's writing and once again she's given us a great story with lovable and relatable characters.

From the first page I knew I was going to enjoy this short story, once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

Loved the chemistry between Sharona and Jeff!
Also it was an added bonus that Jeff was a fellow Aussie ;)

Great writing, great story, what a great way to spend my afternoon, thank you Ophelia London.

Thank y
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Love Bites by Ophelia London is the perfect bite of romance for an afternoon of reading pleasure. Coincidence or not, I loved that I was reading this while also watching Shark Week. ;) Sharona and Jeff are both characters that I really liked right from the beginning. I spent a lot of the book in angst over when they would be together. This novella is the perfect start to a series. I loved the interaction and the backdrop of the sharks. It is a perfect pick-me-up with palpable chemistry making me ...more
April Symes
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
**A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**

Great quick read which was made even better when you had dual POV shown in the book. Loved Sharona and Jeff who were both so very stubborn and had to be right about everything. .These characters had been hurt before so they were leery of being hurt again. As the story progresses, you see them thaw toward each other and their hearts open. This was a great read and I loved it. Great story , one worth reading. I highly recommend th
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even though it was kind of short. I would have really liked to see what happened with her boss and see what happens with their relationship. It just left me feeling a little rushed and unsatisfied. But the overall story was really good though. It takes place over two days and these two main characters connect immediately. Their feelings are very intense and really pull the reader into the story. Good read!

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Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who said biting couldn't be fun?

This was the perfect read during shark week. I look forward to it every year. After reading the synopsis of Love Bites I knew it would become one of my favorites. Ophelia London did not disappoint. It was refreshing to read a unique love story. I mean how many romances have you read involving sharks and a sexy man? If you're looking for a quick and flirty read this is it!
Vickie Schultz
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Entangled for giving me a chance to read this book

With that being said I found this book a tad bit boring. It was a little tame for me as far as what I normally read. I never felt like the characters really connected. I didn't feel that sexual tension at all between these characters.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun sexy read. The perfect read for beach, unless you are afraid of sharks. I devoured this book in one afternoon, could not put it down. Loved the characters of Sharona and Jeff. This book had me laughing out loud, two drinks spilled on Jeff. Ok, so I will admit I did sing My Sharona, in my head a few times while reading. Highly recommend for a fun summer read.
Kristina Brownell
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I hate it when the free Friday book is so stupid. I've read better from this author. I think she was probably sitting around watching Shark Week and decided to throw a romance novel together during commercials. That's what it felt like. I bet I'm right.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So cute!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
This review was first posted on Babblings of a Bookworm: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot....

Sharona Blaire is an auditor who is travelling from Miami to Sydney on business. Wandering into first class by mistake, Sharona compounds her errors by accidentally tipping a whole Bloody Mary over one of the first class passengers as she escorted back to economy class. Later that evening Sharona goes to the hotel bar to relax. Deciding that the night is a bust she turns around to walk away, and mana
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
* I received a copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

When Sharona (yep, like the song) is given the assignment to travel halfway across the world to Australia to audit a team of marine biologists she expects to get in, get it done, and go home. The trip to starts off poorly, with a spilled Bloody Mary on herself and an unknown passenger,as well as lost luggage. Despite this, Sharona decides to let go for the night and visit the hotel bar, where she promptly spills
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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AM ...more

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