I Loved It!
As Long As You Hate Me was a random pick up for me, and I’m so freaking happy I picked this book up. The synopsis grabbed me and I knew I needed to read it, and this book hooked me from beginning to end!
Kara and Dean were high school sweethearts and the love of each others lives, flash forward seven years later and they are strangers to each other, and heartbroken and Kara hates Dean. Problem is, Dean needs Kara to help save his reputation and Kara wants nothing to do with him. With a contract in place, Dean is doing anything he can to get Kara to see that everything she thought she knew is a lie and for her to see him for what he truly is.
I loved how Dean was so torn between giving Kara what she needed, and what he wanted. He wanted to show her how much she truly meant to him and how his feelings never left, but she wanted him to stay away from him and to keep things professional. Every time things would get blurred, Dean being the guy he was, would pull away, and I didn’t get it at first, but he was scared. The one and only woman he loved had the power to destroy him yet again, and he was so scared to let it happen, as he now knew the woman she had become and was falling for her all over again. Kara on the other hand, is still hurt over how things ended between her and Dean, and as much as she wants to believe she’s over him, you know she isn’t. There is so much chemistry between these two, and so much history that there is no denying that these two are meant for one another. They both just need to get over everything, and work through their past and truly communicate, without all the snark, and hatred, to get through everything, that’s the problem both of them have in this book.
Watching these two deal with everything that they’ve been through, as well as getting to know each other all over again was beautiful. They definitely do not have an easy road, and have to learn to trust one another all over again. Their love story is complicated and heartfelt, and beautiful all the same. I did want Dean to fight more, especially after he didn’t the first time, but I understand why he didn’t. Kara should have had more faith in their love at times, but also, Dean didn’t give her much reason to at times since he did run and hide when things got too real. They both had a lot of growing up to do in this book, and they did, and I loved how their story came together.
As Long As You Hate Me by Carrie Aarons is a beautifully written second chance romance that is a powerful love story. Both Dean and Kara are strong characters on their own, but together, they are magnificent. I highly recommend this book and am definitely going to have a book hangover after this one!