Title: As Long As You Hate Me
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2017
4 Second Chance CROWNS
As Long as You Hate Me by Carrie Aarons tells the tale of a second chance romance between Kara and Dean who were torn apart by the lights and fame of Hollywood.
Dean has the tortured artist down. All of his songs and lyrics center on the girl he lost, the one he still longs to be with. Through the lyrics, it is clear that he still loves Kara or at least still has lingering feelings. When he needs her to come to LA to help him out, past feelings begin to resurface, and the push and pull that naturally exists between them surfaces. Although he is a rockstar, Dean doesn’t fit the mold. He is kind, sweet, and open with his feelings. Readers, I’m sure will really enjoy his character.
Kara has been emotionally damaged from the last time she interacted with Dean and the end of their relationship. She is guarded and protects herself with all the animosity she throws at Dean. Although she continually hesitates and questions her choices, Dean’s motivations, and their future, it is clear why she does, and readers do not fault her for her choices and behavior. Once again, readers will like her as a character, even with her back and forth emotions.
This story, on its premise, should have been a slam dunk for me. Based on the synopsis, I expected high angst, hate/love relationship, and chemistry to be off the charts, but what I experienced was a tepid romance. I never really felt the passion, the torture, the draw between the two of them. The author talks about and their feelings for each other seem genuine, but the story, overall, lacked the torturous journey of a second chance romance. I wanted to truly feel their pain and reconciliation, and in the end it just fell flat for me.
Carrie Aarons has for a long time been a one-click author for me. She writes incredibly angsty stories that usually suck me right into the story with all the turmoil, and although this one fell a bit flat for me, it will not deter me from picking up another one of her books. And for readers who don’t love overly emotional stories, this may be the perfect book for you.
High school sweethearts. What a load of bull.
He might have been my first love, but it never meant I wanted to hear lyrics containing my name, love story, and *cringe* how I lost my virginity peddled out for the masses to digest.
Seven years later, and I’m still being haunted by his photo in every magazine, his music on every radio station. I thought breakups meant that you never had to see the person again. Especially when they ripped out your heart and made hamburger meat with it.
But when a chance encounter ends up going viral, I’m tied to him in a way I’ve always dreaded. And the last person on earth I’d want to spend an hour with, much less a lifetime, makes me an offer I can’t refuse. I might just be desperate enough to take it.
The girl in the song is real. And she’s made me a rich man.
I’ve been dedicating choruses to her for a decade, she’s the muse she never wanted to be. Off of our love, I’ve become famous … and a complete egomaniac.
When another one of my flings goes off the rails, and lands me in hot water with the media, my recording label is less than thrilled. And so comes the marching orders from my agent; devise a scheme to transform into a squeaky clean good guy.
Coming face to face with her is something I’ve only dreamed about. If not to win her back, then to at least apologize for the ways I’ve exploited her. Instead, I rope her into my madness, proposing a deal only a masochist would accept.
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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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