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.
I love Heather Gunter. I do. I love her and I love her stories. I think each story she has written has been better than the last. This was no exception. Except it did take her to a whole new level. While I have enjoyed all of her work, this was my favorite. She showed a lot of growth and a lot of change in this story both in the characters and in her writing style. Color me impressed!
I was immediately drawn to Zeke. There was something about him that right away drew me in. Then as I learned more about him, I was more drawn to him. I fell in love with his devotion to Ashley as well as his devotion to his family. I enjoyed watching his success despite his circumstances. A lot of times we see the negative side of his situation, but his family was supportive and pushed him to be successful in all areas. And the way he loved Ashley despite her faults was inspiring.
And Ashley. I really didn’t like her in the other books. She was just not a nice person. But this one changed. What happened at the end of the last story really changed Ashley for the better. I really enjoyed getting to know her better and understanding her. Her dad. I wanted to murder him. What an awful, awful man. But out of that awful man came a girl who grew in to a beautiful person both inside and out. I found that throughout the story, I fell in love with Ashley and her spirit.
I cannot wait to read more about these characters!
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.