Sunday 22 April 2018


When Stars Burn Out
By Carrie Aarons
 Contemporary Adult
Releasing April 22, 2018

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Stars die in one of two ways.

So slowly that each layer burning out feels like agony … or suddenly, exploding into a million pieces before the universe even has a grasp of what is happening.

When Paxton Shaw left Demi Rosen without so much as a goodbye, he stole her shine in both manners.

Now, eight years later, he’s trying to pull her back into his orbit. The nation’s most beloved football player, a tight end with a seriously tight end, has finally realized Demi is the one who got away.

But she’s a different woman than the weak girl who used to come running whenever he called in the middle of the night. Strong, successful, her life’s mission being to grant the wishes of children whose flames have all but been extinguished.

And untouchable, as dark and cold as a midnight sky with no moon in sight.

When one special child forces their star-crossed paths to collide, it’s impossible to keep the feelings of their past buried. Paxton had been her Halley’s Comet; the once in a lifetime love that scorched Demi’s heart in the most spectacular of fashions.

She promised herself she would never make that mistake again. But, how can she forget the dreams of love she once had, when Paxton wants to make them come true?

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In When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons, back in college Paxton Shaw treated Demi Rosen badly, but now eight years later he's determined to make things right between them. However, that isn't going to be easy, especially when he broke Demi's heart when he used her and then left without even saying goodbye all those years ago. Will Paxton be able to convince Demi to give him a second chance or did he hurt her too badly in the past for her to think about giving them another chance?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Aarons and what a wonderfully-crafted story it was due to the fantastic main characters that have quite the history; and the enthralling dialogue that made this story an absolute page turner, as Paxton and Demi have some tough obstacles to overcome. The way this story started with the prologue drew me into this story immediately, as it was palpable Demi was halfway -- if not all the way -- in love with Paxton and it seemed he was using her as a booty call. So, that had me reading quickly, determined to discover if the hero realized the truth that Demi meant more to him than a booty call all those years ago. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as the hero has been through tough times. Really, losing his parents was hard and I could understand why doing so well in his career was important to him because they supported him so much when he first started out. Will he be able to add another championship ring to his others? Moreover, the hero is confident, hard-working when it comes to getting back onto the field after what happened and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over because she means a lot of him and there's no way he's letting her get away a second time. I also liked how he wasn't above using any means necessary to get the heroine to converse with him. Will his plan work, especially when he has someone special helping him; someone that likes Demi because of what she's doing for him to make his life a little better? 

While the heroine, she really surprised me. She's been through a lot too and it's understandable why she started the sort of charity she has. Furthermore, she's resilient, hard-working and I loved how kind and caring she is, especially with what she's doing for sick kids that need deserve their wishes granted. I also liked that the heroine gave the hero another chance, even though he hurt her badly and it's hard to handle the horribleness of an old friend of Paxton's that thought she was a desperate girl back in college to continue coming back to the hero for attention. Will the pair prove the hero's old friend wrong, especially when there's so much chemistry between Demi and Paxton and that it's palpable he feels more for her than the arrangement they had in college?

Overall, Ms. Aarons has delivered a superb read in this book that left me a little emotional because of what happens to someone the main characters really cared about, but had me loving the way things turned out for these two. They're so deserving of their second chance at happy ever after and I loved what the hero did to prove he wants the heroine in his life forever. Then again, it was either go big or go home and what better way to express his feelings and ask a very important question. I would recommend When Stars Burn Out by Carrie Aarons, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Maggie Dallen, LA Fiore, Melissa Toppen and Claire Contreras.

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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