I received this book for free from Grey's Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Then You Saw Me by Carrie Aarons
Series: Prospect Street #1
on August 9, 2021
Genres: NA Contemporary Romance
Source: Grey's Promotions
You know what’s guaranteed to send your heart into your throat? Opening the front door of your off-campus house to find the boy you had a crush on all through high school telling you he’s the new subletter.
Of course, he barely knew I existed back then, and still doesn’t even though we attend the same university. But in a house of six college kids, it should be easy to remain invisible while carrying a torch for him. After all, I’m skilled at being overlooked and playing second fiddle.
Except Austin Van Hewitt, my hometown’s golden boy, doesn’t get the memo. After we throw our first party of the year, I’m on his radar and somehow my lips miraculously end up on his. The budding romance is one I’ve always dreamt about. As he shows more and more interest, I push aside the plaguing insecurity of never being good enough.
But then a letter shows up in our mailbox. A time capsule I wrote to myself when I was fifteen. You know, the kind where a teacher sends it to you years later? Guess who opens it by mistake and reads all about how I plan on marrying him and having his babies one day? Did I mention I signed it using his last name?
Mortifying would be an understatement. After he starts pulling away, I’m once again the girl in the background hoping that someone will understand me enough to pay me all of their attention.
The old me, the one conditioned to settle for what she’s given, would back down. This time, though, if I want everything I almost held in my hands, I’ll have to speak up. I’ll have to admit exactly how I feel, fight for the love that was blossoming. And I’m not sure what’s scarier; voicing my inner thoughts or facing his ultimate rejection.
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It took me a bit to fall for Austin. He had a way about him, and part of it was how he kept thinking the worst of Taya. Not to mention that he didn’t even really remember her from high school even when they had danced together. Yeah, I get it, but it sounds like a small enough town that he should have somewhat remembered dancing with her, even if she’d been kind of nerdy to him or something back then. I also don’t quite get how her time capsule letter ended up getting mailed when it did either. I mostly enjoyed the story, it was pretty good, and I liked the side characters a lot, I’d definitely like to see some of them get their own stories. However I was a little frustrated with Austin for all his issues and how he handled them I guess more than anything. In the end I liked how they ended up figuring things out, and that redeemed the small issues I had with Austin for me.
About the Author:
Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, 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’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter, son, and Great Dane/Lab rescue.
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