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.
Review by Lorena
My goodness, I was a Carrie Aarons virgin until I read As Long As You Hate Me and I can totally say that she swooned me with this one.
A rockstar will always catch my attention no matter what, so when I read the synopsis -- I was done for.
Dean and Kara were inseparable, totally the best of the best high school sweethearts. They always thought that they would end up together no matter what. But I guess it was a test of time before fame came along, things always seem to fall apart especially when you're far apart for so long. Dean never, ever imagined that something or someone could come between him and Kara but I guess sometimes things are out of your control and even if it's a misunderstanding, something always has to come in the way of separating you from the one you love.
Kara always believed that she would end up with Dean, even with him being so far away and starting to become famous. But nothing ever works out the way you want. At least it didn't for her.
After seven years of not seeing each other or even knowing anything about each other, Dean needs Kara's help and he goes looking for her. After Kara hears him out, she accepts his proposal but with conditions.
These two obviously still have crazy strong feelings for each other. And even though Dean has had his fair share of women, the only one who's ever had his heart has been Kara. Kara has only thought about her career and obviously wasn't looking for a relationship after what happened with Dean.
But the more time they spend together the harder it's getting for them to stay focused on just pretending they're a "real" couple. Kara wants to stay mad at Dean but it's getting really hard especially when he confesses to her what really happened that one fateful night that ruined their relationship.
Dean totally, totally had me swooning. Who writes so many songs about the person they love! He thought that maybe by him singing the songs that were all about Kara would actually make her come back to him, but he was wrong. But not because Kara was being stubborn on that respect, but because she stopped reading anything that had to do with him and his band and banned radio, she wouldn't listen to music because she didn't want anything to do with Dean.
We all know that Dean and Kara are meant to be together but now they're too scared to see where this fake fiance stint will take them. Will their love blossom again and make it real or will obstacles and/or people still find ways to get in the way?
This was a perfect read for me this weekend and I can totally say I'm hooked on Carrie Aarons now!
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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