Review – When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons

When Stars Burn Out

Crystal's review

With each and every book that she writes, Carrie Aarons just astounds me. Her talent is growing by leaps and bounds and her ability to make me want to climb inside her worlds and simply just be and never leave shows just how she has become one of my favorite authors. When Stars Burn Out is one magnificent second chance love story.

We all do things in college that we regret. We go to the wrong parties. We hang with the wrong people. We lust after people who are so very bad for us. We get our hearts broken. We trash our reputations. And then college ends and we have to go forward, strive to be the people we are meant to be. Learn from the past and endeavor never to be who we were before. All of that sums up Paxton Shaw and Demi Rosen.

He was the all star football player headed to an amazing NFL career. She was the girl pulled into his world but he only wanted her when he wanted her. To say he was a user and a complete jerk (I would use a much stronger word) is an understatment. But to Demi he was everything. When he called, she came running and the harder she tried to bring him closer the more he pushed to stay away. Until one day he left without a word, ignored the texts and became the NFL’s hottest and most beloved player. Fast forward eight years and Demi Rosen has reinvented herself. She has become a very successful businesswoman. Her specialty? Granting the wishes of severely ill children and low and behold, one very special boy with one very special wish brings Pax and Demi back together again. Only this time, Pax knows he has everything to lose if he messes up his second chance to get the girl.

This story was so real for me. College was eye opening and as a twenty something, you live in your own head and in your own bubble never really thinking that want you say and do will change someone for good or for bad. Pax changed Demi. He broke not only her heart, he hardened it. He had work to do to get through Demi’s defenses. Their story captured my heart, enthralled me and made me root for their happy ending. I didn’t want to like Pax. He was the typical big headed jock that believed the world revolved around him, but wow… what a man he became once he got out of his own way. Demi is one of the strongest characters I have ever read. She knows her flaws. She recognizes her mistakes. She owns her life and her decisions. Through all of that she loves Pax. There’s no denying that.

Beautifully written and ridiculously romantic. Emotional, honest -sometimes brutally so – and just a love story that I wanted to read again as soon as I was done. I laughed and I cried, too. This is a story of redemption, forgiveness and finding your own special star. Well done, Carrie. Your star certainly shines in this tale.

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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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