Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: CHANGING TUNES by Heather Gunter

Changing Tunes is a New Adult Romance by the fabulous Heather Gunter and today we get to share our thoughts with you.

Title:   Changing Tunes
Series:   The Changing Series
Author:  Heather Gunter
Genre:  New Adult
Release Date:  February 16, 2014
Cover Design:  Robin Harper of Wicked by Design

Ashley Davis is over her high school 'bitch' label and has decided to reinvent herself. College offers a new beginning, a chance to be different. After being assaulted, she's realized that she needs to change and college is just the place to do it. Nobody knows the Ashley she used to be and she'd like to keep it that way.
Afraid of falling into the same patterns she decides that having no friends, no life and focusing on school is the way to go, but she didn’t bank on someone like Mac as her roommate or the tall, dark and completely geek hot in his glasses, Zeke Whitman.

Ezekiel (Zeke) Whitman is driven and focused when it comes to school. When he's forced to partner with a tall, leggy blonde with a slight attitude, he's thrown for a loop. With so much at stake, Zeke can’t afford distractions and Ashley is certainly that. From their first encounter Zeke sees more than just another gorgeous girl.

As Ashley grapples with leaving the ‘old’ her behind, she realizes that sometimes changing tunes isn't as easy as it sounds. Sometimes you have to keep a little of the person that you were, in order to become the person that you want to be.

Zeke sets the food on the table before grabbing me and pulling me to him. There’s another knock on the door, but I don’t acknowledge it. I’m too caught up in the set of dark chocolate-brown eyes that are so serious and staring intently at me. “What?” I ask hoarsely.

Let’s face it, if there wasn’t anyone here, I’d be dragging his fine ass into my bedroom and doing a lot of naughty things to him, but I can’t. Mac and Nick and whoever knocked on the door are here as well.

 “You’re just so damn beautiful.” He takes a deep breath before continuing, “I can’t believe you’re mine.”

The wave of emotions that pass through me is indescribable and I’m at a loss for words. In this moment there is no one in the room except him and me. A single tear tracks its way down my cheek without me knowing, and he swipes it away with his thumb. It’s almost symbolic to me; like this man before me is capable of wiping every bit of hurt away and making me feel whole again.   His hand cups the side of my face as I lean into it, and reflexively, I rest my hand over his, holding it in place. He gently, but hungrily, swipes his lips across mine and I can’t help the moan that escapes. He leans back, with a promise in his eyes this will be continued later.  “Are you hungry?”

“Shit,” I breathe, coming back to reality and look around. I notice it’s just the two of us. “Where did everyone go?”

The front door suddenly swings open and Nick hollers, “I’m hungry. Are you two done making disgusting googly eyes at each other so we can eat?” I throw my head back and laugh, embarrassed, but also touched my friends were kind enough to see a moment between us and respect it. It’s actually quite amazing, which is why I know it had to be Mac that dragged them out. I catch her eye and mouth a thank you.  She nods and smiles, doing a small curtsy, making me chuckle and shake my head.

Kelly's Review of CHANGING TUNES
I really connected with the main character, although I was completely the opposite of her in high school. The writing is wonderful and the characters felt like people I knew. I wanted to laugh at some of their missteps, cry with them, especially whenever Ashley's father texted her, and slap her silly when she was doing something stupid. And Zeke was someone I could easily have fallen for. I loved that Ashley, who knew she had a reputation as a spoiled bitch in high school, was hoping for a fresh start in college, but kept slipping into her old self. Mac, her roommate is so much FUN! I felt like she was Ashley's Jimminy Cricket, her conscience, the voice of reason who kept things light when this book could easily have been very dark. I give this book 4 stars. An excellent book I would recommend to people 18+ who are not offended by casual one-night stand sex scenes.

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.

There is an amazing list of prizes up for grabs in this giveaway - check out the prize list:

2 x Winners Choice Signed Paperback from Heather Gunter
2 x Heather Gunter Swag Packs including Changing Tunes Straw Cup made by Frills & Freckles with a $10 Amazon Gift Card inside
Winners Choice ebook from Katie Ashley
Winners Choice ebook from Audrey Harte
Winners Choice ebook from Heather Allen
Winners Choice ebook from Julie Prestsater
Ebook copy “In My Arms” by Taryn Plendl
Ebook copy “No More Wasted Time”by Beverly Preston
Winners Choice ebook from Melanie Dawn
Ebook copy “Serenity Falls” by Tiffany Aleman and Ashley Poch
Winners Choice ebook from Sarah Goodman
Ebook copy “Dear Emily” by Trudy Stiles
Ebook copy “Talania” by Crystal Spears
Ebook copy “Searching for Tomorrow” by Kathryn McNeill Crane
Ebook copy “Present Perfect” and “Past Imperfect” by Alison G Bailey
Ebook copy “Picking Up the Pieces” and “Rising from the Ashes” by Jessica Prince
Ebook copy “Destructive Silence” by J.M. La Rocca
Ebook copy “Very Bad Things” by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Ebook copy “Finding Home” by Aine Kelley
Paperback copy of “Breaking Spades” by W. Ferraro
Ebook copy “Beautiful Ink” by Nicole Reed

Look for Tattered Pieces by Heather Gunter - Coming Soon

Riding high on the waves of success, Dove Sinclair, lead singer of Tattered Pieces, has it all - until one fateful night her party hard lifestyle almost costs her everything. Stupid and reckless doesn't even begin to describe her actions. Getting arrested definitely wasn't in the game plan, nor was an enforced stay in the Serenity Lakeview Clinic. If Dove wants to keep her band, her career and her life, then there is no alternative. The question is, will rehab force her to deal with the things that have triggered her reckless behavior or will she continue trying hard to forget and fade further into the dark.

Jasper Phillips is the kind of guy everyone loves. He comes from a good family, works hard and seems to have it all. Friendly, positive and popular are words people use to describe Jasper regularly. Sometimes what’s on the outside is only what we want people to see, while on the inside we’re battling demons that are too frightening to describe. When those demons manage to catch up to you, the whispers of their world becomes a very inviting place.

Dove doesn’t understand how Jasper fits in at Serenity Lakeview Clinic but something about him calls to her, awakening her desire to feel alive and normal again. As Jasper battles his inner darkness he is drawn to Dove, all the while fearing that if she gets close enough she won't like what she sees. As Jasper struggles to stay in the light, can he help Dove see what she has right in front of her?

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