With every single release, Carrie Aarons grows in her talent. As Long As You Hate Me shows just how far she has come in her time as an indie author. This story of a bad boy rocker trying so hard to get back the girl that he lost but never really let go captured my heart from the very beginning. Kara and Dean have a true love story that is filled with good memories, bad decisions and a heartfelt need that has never been truly satisfied.
Many things have changed in seven years. Dean Jacobs left his abusive home and his girl behind after he finished high school to pursue his dreams as a musician. Since he couldn’t have her he poured all his love for Kara into his music and she became the inspiration for every word, every chorus that he sang. She made him famous and very rich. He thought that he was protecting her from his rock star madness by leaving her behind. But he couldn’t really leave her behind when he sang to her every night. Kara has gone on with her life and pursued her own career path. She’s happy and settled… maybe not as happy as she could be. One thing for sure is that she never wanted to see Dean Jacobs again. Neither of them have a choice when Dean’s bad boy present collides head on with his best forgotten past. Dean needs Kara and is willing to make a deal in order to get out of trouble and save his career. But leave it to Kara… she’s not going to make things easy for him. At all.
The course of true love never ever runs smooth, especially when the public, paparazzi and the painful past try to run that love off the road.
This book reminded so much of my seventeen year old self. At that age, you fall in love so deeply and it is an all encompassing, all consuming endeavor. It is rare to meet your forever at that age. It is more likely to meet your right at that moment and enjoy the moment for all that it’s worth. Still, there are those lucky ones that meet their forever in the confusing teen years and manage to navigate the crazy twenties with that love intact. Dean so loved Kara, even at a tender age and no matter what it would cost him, he wanted that love back. He wanted the songs to be for real. Try as hard as she could, there was no denying for Kara that Dean’s place in her heart would never be filled by career or anything else but him.
I loved this story! Oh, there were moments that I wanted to throttle them both. Their fighting and snide remarks made me want to scream! All credit certainly goes to Carrie for creating a story that pulls on the reader’s heart and soul. It’s hard not to fall for the bad boy who pours everything he feels for the girl of his dreams into his music and then shares it with the rest of the world. Dean may be flawed but he is perfect. Kara may be stubborn but she’s also very wise. The heart can be fooled and she chose to be mindful of that. I had to admire her strength and her belief in Dean.
This was just GOOD reading! I miss Dean and Kara and their second chance to get love right. Fantastic storytelling, Carrie!
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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