Title: When Stars Burn Out
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Adult
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: April 22, 2018
I wanted to love this book, the synopsis. The once snubbed and forgotten heroine gets her moment, wins the guy, but at the end of it, I just felt an ambivalence towards it all. I never truly connected with either character, and their journey back to each other lacked the signature angst I have come to expect from Carrie Aarons.
Paxton as an adult had that charm that pulls readers in, but I had a hard time reconciling his character with who he was in the past. He asks for forgiveness and proves that he has changed, but after more of their past is revealed it just didn’t feel like enough atonement had occurred for his mistreatment of the heroine.
Demi is another character I wanted to love, but I didn’t enjoy who she was when she was with him. I wanted the strong heroine we meet in the present before she reconnects. I wanted the self-assured CEO. I love her, and I struggled to connect with her when she was floundering from her past with him.
The road for these two isn’t bumpy at all. In fact, they fall back together pretty seamlessly, and I needed their road to be bumpy. The pain and heartache inflicted on Demi requires more than verbal apologies and romantic gestures. I need his change to be more developed, and it seemed surface level. There is no doubt of their feelings for each other, and in another story, I would have swooned over Paxton, but I just couldn’t get past their history and the easy way them seemed to reconcile with one another.
Carrie Aarons has been one of my one-click, angst loving authors. I always expect high drama and heated intimacy, but this one missed the mark for me. I wanted to love it. I did.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Stars die in one of two ways.
So slowly that each layer burning out feels like agony … or suddenly, exploding into a million pieces before the universe even has a grasp of what is happening.
When Paxton Shaw left Demi Rosen without so much as a goodbye, he stole her shine in both manners.
Now, eight years later, he’s trying to pull her back into his orbit. The nation’s most beloved football player, a tight end with a seriously tight end, has finally realized Demi is the one who got away.
But she’s a different woman than the weak girl who used to come running whenever he called in the middle of the night. Strong, successful, her life’s mission being to grant the wishes of children whose flames have all but been extinguished.
And untouchable, as dark and cold as a midnight sky with no moon in sight.
When one special child forces their star-crossed paths to collide, it’s impossible to keep the feelings of their past buried. Paxton had been her Halley’s Comet; the once in a lifetime love that scorched Demi’s heart in the most spectacular of fashions.
She promised herself she would never make that mistake again. But, how can she forget the dreams of love she once had, when Paxton wants to make them come true?
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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.
A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.
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