Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Then You Saw Me, by Carrie Aarons


Then You Saw Me by Carrie Aarons is live! You’re bound to binge this new adult read, and with college roommates, forced proximity and unrequited love, it’ll hit all the best tropes!



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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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

I was lucky enough to get a super-duper early copy of this book from the author, and I could not put it down!! Taya lives out her teenage nightmare and fantasy all at once in this sizzling roommates romance. I thought I had Austin pegged as a character, but there are a lot of layers to the guy. Taya knew him as their hometown’s golden boy, but there is so much more to him than meets the eye. Both of their families are incredibly dysfunctional, and while it is deep-seated insecurities as a result of their family dynamics that cause problems for Taya and Austin, they also heal each other’s broken parts beautifully as their relationship develops.

Then You Saw Me is the start to a new series by Carrie Aarons, and the other roommates in the college rental house on Prospect Street will get books in the future. Bring on the forced proximity, roommate rollercoasters! I’m dying to know what Gannon’s deal is!!

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