Wednesday, August 7, 2013

***Love Notes by Heather Gunter Book Blitz and Giveaway***

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.

Sandy B's Review
“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. 

About the Author
Heather is a devoted mother of three gorgeous boys.  She balances spending as much time with them as possible with writing, updating her Into the Night Reviews book blog and her day job.  Her love of animals sees her home in Canton, GA bursting with numerous dogs and ferrets.

Heather campaigns passionately for anti-bullying initiatives and has a strong conviction to reduce peoples suffering at the hands of bullies.

A talented singer, who once dreamed of pursuing a career in that field, she has put that goal aside in exchange for her writing.  A self proclaimed geek, whatever spare time she has is spent curled on the couch reading and listening to music.

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