As Long As You Hate Me by Carrie Aarons **ARC Review**
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"I just want one moment to breathe in the space where she and I exist again."
I truly enjoyed this book by Carrie! It's no secret that I love her books and I want to read more by her. I am also a big sucker for friends to lovers stories and second chance as well. Add this with the rockstar vibe and you have me 100% intrigued!
Kara and Dean were high school sweethearts in a small hometown. They were in love, nonetheless their differences, the bleachers of the school like a second home to them. Until something happened and their paths were parted. Now seven years later, they meet again and Dean makes her an offer. Kara seems hesitant after everything that happened, but she has to consider everything before she makes her decision.
"No lyric, no spoken word, can ever compare to you like this."
Like I mentioned I really enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that didn't impress me. Some things were too obvious for example and the way they were handled , let's just say that been there, done that. Other than that, it was a quick, light and lovely read. If you like these tropes then you should give it a chance :)