Thursday, May 14, 2020

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: That's the Way I Loved You by Carrie Aarons

This town ain't big enough for the two of us.

Which is why I left.

I was determined never to return to Hale, Texas. But when my new life in the Big Apple throws me a curve ball, I have to go back to tie up loose ends. One of those being him.

Jason Whitney was my first everything. Kiss, love, epic heartbreak. He shattered my world once upon a time, and apparently, he’s not done yet.

With old demons lurking around every corner, hightailing it out of my hometown is at the top of my list. Complete my unfinished business, and I get to leave any memory of my country existence behind.

Only, with each day I spend in it, with each moment I spend with him, I’m turning back into the girl who laid in the tall grass and swam in the creek all those years ago.

And I’m not sure that who I was is ready to let me go again.

We drew a line down the middle, and neither of us has crossed it.

That is, until Savannah Reese blew back into our hometown.

The day my high school sweetheart left, she took my whole heart with her. We promised each other forever, made plans that only teenagers could believe in, and crashed and burned on the grandest of scales.

When Savannah last saw me, I was a disgraced high school athlete. All washed up, I took it out on the only person who loved me. Then her world really fell apart, and I was too selfish to care.

Now she’s back, ready to sell the only remaining thing tying us to each other. I’ve been breaking my back for the last ten years not to think about her, not to be reminded of the love we shared.

But now that she’s right here, it’s impossible to forget how we used to be. Or let go of what we still are.

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

Second chance romance is not only one of my favorite tropes, but I love when the characters are much older and wiser. And this isn't one of those "we had a one night stand and now we are reunited after many years" kind of second chance romance. This is a "we were high school sweethearts who everyone thought were going to get married" second chance romance. So yeah, they are a lot of feelings involved and a lot of serious issues that need to be worked out. 

Savannah and Jason were the couple that everyone thought would live happily ever after. Unfortunately for them, life had another idea. But now Savannah is back in town and Jason is the person who holds all the cards. 

It's very clear from the moment these two see each other that they still have feelings for the other person. As I kept reading, it became very clear that Savannah and Jason never got any closure to their relationship. She up and left town with out looking back and the only way they were going to move past things, was to actually deal with the past. 

Savannah not only left Jason, but she also left her family. There is this great secondary storyline about Savannah reconnecting with her family that gave the "second chance" theme of the book a lot more meaning. This book is an emotional read that will leave you completely satisfied. 

Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and Lab/Great Dane rescue.

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