As Long As you Hate Me by 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.
Rock star romance. Second chance romance. Contract fiance. This book has a bit of everything. I’ve not read anything by Carrie Aarons before, but I really enjoyed this book.
Kara and Dean are high school sweethearts that split after a misunderstanding blew their long distance relationship sky high. Dean’s rocker life style leaves him in a bit of a mess, and he comes up with a scheme to get him out of a tight spot that only Kara can help him with.
I love how, regardless of how angry Kara is, she still can’t leave Dean hanging in the wind when he really needs her help. Kara is a sweet girl, loyal to a fault, even when it might not be in her best interest. Dean is a bad boy with a tough past, who has only really had love from one person: Kara. After 7 years of avoiding each other, they are thrown into contact with each other, and boy are there fireworks! The chemistry in this book is off the charts.
The interactions between the main characters made me laugh, and the tragic backstory really made me empathize with Kara. It was an engaging story, and although there was a HEA, it left me wondering if there just might be more stories with Dean’s band mates?!?