How do you cope when the people you care for hurt you the most? When the way you feel on the outside, smothers you on the inside. And when you are left to face your demons alone, will you learn that only you have the power to overcome them? Charlie has never had it easy. Between the constant moving and the incessant fat comments and jokes from her father, her self-worth is nonexistent. Her reflection in the mirror shows her nothing but a plain Jane. Music is the only thing that keeps her sanity in check. Charlie catches the eye of the town star quarterback, Maverick. With her curves, her brunette hair, and the voice of an angel, Maverick has never met anyone like her. Everything that is different about Charlie just makes Maverick like her more. Unfortunately, Charlie doesn’t see it herself. Proving it to her may deem harder than he thinks, especially when tragedy strikes and tears them apart. Now standing on her own two feet she may finally learn exactly who she is, what’s she’s capable of and how very un plain Jane she really is.
I’m pressed firmly against him and place my hand on the hardness of his muscled chest. The nearness of him is intoxicating. My heart speeds up with the knowledge of what is inevitably going to happen next. Right now, I don't care how long I've known him or what the usual rules of dating dictate.
We are staring at each other eye to eye. “I’m going to kiss you now Charlie,” Maverick whispers.
At that moment, all I can do is nod. No words were going to be coming out of this mouth; it was going to be used for other things.
Maverick moves his arms from around my waist, gently cups my face with his hands and tips my head back some. He places his lips on mine, and it was as if time stood still. His kiss starts out oh so slowly, and as we find our rhythm, it begins to increase in pressure and intensity. My arms, having a mind of their own, begin to wrap around his neck and pull him even closer, although I'm not sure how that is even possible. I honestly didn’t think we could get any closer together than we already were. Maverick kisses me like I am everything, like I was his last dying breath. I have never been kissed like this before.
I finally draw away from him to catch my breath. “That was…”
Maverick looks me in the eyes. “Wow.”
“Saying I love you is huge, but to kiss someone who has told you that means everything. A kiss speaks the truth, and I know. I know in his kisses, that he means every single word.” - Charlie
“Her name is Charlie. It seems to fit her. She seems so shy, but something tells me this girl isn't really what she seems, and she's worth getting to know. Charlie. For a girl. It's different, but I like it. No, I love it. And it's sexy as hell.” - Maverick
Heather Gunter was one of my fave bloggers on FB. She then became one of my favorite people. Now with her debut novel Love Notes – I am seeing her with new eyes – she is also an amazing writer.
Charlie was never going to measure up – at least not in her father’s eyes. Her parents are horrible people. You ever see the movie Matilda? The Danny DaVito and Rhea Perlman characters kind of horrible! Honestly, I wanted to open up a can of whoop ass on them.
Despite this Charlie manages to stay hopeful about life even though she doesn’t feel very good about herself. Maverick is the BMOC, he’s gorgous, he’s sexy, he’s captain of the football team and has Leave It to Beaver parents. You might expect him to be a jerk or conceited but he’s totally not. There is also Charlie’s BFF Tori who is seriously adorable. (Really looking forward to Tori’s story. Heartstrings is due September 2013.)
You have probably gathered by now that Heather tackles the topic of abuse in this book. There is no doubt that Charlie’s parents are abusive. Maverick sees Charlie for who she really is and not what she perceives herself to be.
These are high school kids so you expect emotions to run high and you expect angst. What you might not expect is the sweet, all encompassing, the earth just moved when I met you laid eyes on you type of love. If you are expecting a 50 Shades hot sex type of book – Love Notes – is not it. However, you can settle down and spend an afternoon reading this wonderful story and have a smile on your face by the time you turn the last page. I “felt” this book. Ultimately, the road to love does not run smoothly but I really loved the ride – actually I wish the ride had been a little bit longer.
When not writing or updating her Into the Night Reviews book blog, you will find Heather curled on the couch reading, surrounded by her children and four dogs. Her cravings for music and books are insatiable. One of her favorite things to do is sing and used to have a dream of becoming a singer. The dream has since changed and is now to become a full time writer. She holds a strong anti-bullying conviction and voices it regularly. She resides in Canton, GA with her husband, 3 boys, 4 dogs, 1 cat and 2 ferrets.