Sunday, December 3, 2017

Release Blitz & Review: As Long As You Hate Me - Carrie Aarons

As Long As You Hate Me
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2017


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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4 Stars
As Long As You Hate Me (ALAYHM) is a second-chance, fake fiance romance. It sounds like a pile of cliches tossed together, but seeing as the author is Carrie Aarons you have to know she's going to find a way to put them together well. She doesn't disappoint, making ALAYHM one of the first fake fiance romances I have enjoyed in a very long time. Main characters Kara and Dean were once high-school sweethearts, destined to be together forever with Kara riding out the waves of Dean's stardom as she studied in school. Something quite dramatic happens and they've spend the last several years hating each other, with Dean filling the void left behind with a lot of women and Kara up to her eye-balls in debt as she completes schooling to become a Dermatologist. Dean needs something to fix his image though and that perfect something is Kara. Accepting the money was easy, but neither expects that something more could come of the one-year contracted engagement and neither knows what to do with the feelings they thought they'd once buried.

"I haven't known you for seven years. I don't know who you are anymore, Dean."

Dean and Kara are fantastic characters, I love that they have a history together as youth and that they both worked towards their own individual goals and successes. As adults they're thriving, but they're both also missing something. Dean is handsome, headstrong, and a bit too in-your-face and surly. Kara is sweet, steadfast, and very, very emotional. They have these feelings for one another that they never had a truly proper ending for, so it was obvious from the very start what would happen between these two. Most of ALAYHM is Kara learning the truth of the past and the truth of the words in Dean's song. The rest of the book is made up of their time spent together, the majority of it passionate love or passionate fighting. The dialogue between these two is fantastic, so even when I felt like one of the characters was too over the top I enjoyed how it all was written. 

"So, I'd started to write, and every song somehow became about her."

There were moments where I questions Dean's actions. He's the standard rock star, but his emotions are incredibly difficult to connect to. On top of that, he and Kara have these arguments that I just wish she could win for once, because she always give in to him. I struggled with the constant feeling that Kara let her feelings go about things, because she was just so in love. At the same time, Dean gives into his feelings of love over times when I would expect him to argue back to. It's very much so a constant case of F'ing and Fighting between these two.

"I just want one moment to breathe in the space where she and I exist again."

I loved how ALAYHM played out, revealing to the readers and to the characters just why these two were meant to be. It's a romantic novel with some humorous moments, a bit of smut, and a love of drama. Their mistakes and lessons learned were so accurate to real life, even with an over the top storyline, so that was fun to read and connect with. If you're looking for a sweet, second chance romance between a rockstar and a small town girl As Long As You Hate Me is the newest book to grab. 

Author Bio

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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