TITLE - As You as You Hate Me
AUTHOR - Carrie Aarons
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.
“Second Chance, 4 stars”
I have a soft spot for second chance romance, especially high school sweethearts. But then again that could be because my husband is mine. Kara and Dean are no exception. Together they were perfect but sometimes life and circumstances can tear even the strongest of couples apart, much like Kara and Dean.
Dean has music flowing through his blood. He’s made his name and fortune off of his love for Kara. After a misunderstanding years ago tore them apart he’s hoping she still loves him enough to get him through the hurdle he’s about to face. Best case scenario he gets the girl back, worst case he loses everything. Will he come out the other side?
Kara has only loved Dean but sometimes one cant get over a betrayal. But what if there was no betrayal just a epic misunderstanding? What if you get the second chance to fall back in love with the only person you have ever loved? Kara is now face to face with Dean and standing at a cross roads. What path will she choose?
I loved Kara and Dean. They really were a great couple the only “problem” I had with the story is I wanted more. I love how despite Deans fame he stayed humble and how Kara stayed work-a-holic even after getting back together with Dean. They both took pride in their work and each other. I hope Aarons finds a way to give us a little more Dean and Kara somewhere down the line.
Writing style- 5/5