Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true–for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….
Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down–and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four–year–old son while balancing a full–time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.
The timing is all wrong–but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
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The first time I saw Ty, I fell down the stairs and tore my pants.
A superstitious person might call that an omen. He had nothing to do with it, of course; that was just a quirk of timing. While Lauren and I struggled with the sofa, a guy I presumed to be a new neighbor came into the building. He had auburn hair, brown eyes and a strong jaw dusted with gold scruff. I'd always had a soft spot for gingers, probably a result of growing up on Harry Potter movies. He was also tall and lean with a sculpted, ascetic face, like an austere warrior who would be at home on the prow of a ship. Okay, it was possible I'd watched too many episodes of Vikings this week.
When he saw us wrangling such a heavy piece of furniture, he only sighed, stepped around the boxes cluttering the foyer and checked his mailbox. No greeting, no "welcome to the complex." I was halfway up the stairs to the landing, heaving my end of the sofa, when my hands slipped and the couch bounced away. I lunged for it, missed and came tumbling after. Lauren jumped aside like it was a sled on the slalom track, so the brown plaid monstrosity thumped ahead of me back down to the floor. The couch just missed slamming into the wall; I wasn't so lucky. In honor of moving day, I had on old comfy pants, and they'd been washed one too many times, judging by the audible rip as I bounced off the wall and landed at Lauren's feet.
She pulled me up, eyes wide. "You okay?"
"Just bruises to pride and pelvis," I mumbled.
She tilted her head at the workload awaiting us. "Maybe we should wait for the guys to get back from their beer run?"
I surveyed the mess we'd created in front of the entrance and just outside, conscious that we were inconveniencing our neighbors. "We can't really leave things like this."
"I'll help you with the couch." As greetings went, it wasn't the warmest. Grumpy Ginger strode toward us, rolling up the sleeves on his dress shirt to reveal very nice forearms: lightly tanned and dusted with auburn hair, lean but strong with prominent wrist bones. His hands appealed to me just as much, long-fingered and elegant, without being overly manicured. You know, if you liked that sort of thing. I was bad at estimating ages, but he was probably out of school, judging by the business casual he had on.
Belatedly, I realized I'd been studying him for thirty seconds too long. "If you're sure."
"It's fine. I'll walk backward and guide it up."
"Thanks," Lauren put in. "We'd prefer not to commit so-ficular homicide our first day in the building."
Since my back was to the wall, I escaped the ignominy of the new neighbor seeing my panda underpants. He slid by and hefted the sofa up a few stairs on his own. Lauren and I worked together, and it was much easier with him doing the heavy lifting up top. With a minimum of fuss, we maneuvered the couch up to the second floor, where GG paused. "A or B?" he asked.
"B." I should win the prize for hilarious banter.
Nodding, he helped us carry it down the hall and into the apartment. We'd left the door open since we had so little in there. Most of it was still cluttering the lobby downstairs. Max and Angus had taken off as soon as we got everything unloaded: my car, Angus's and the rental truck. After that, they were gone like the wind with the excuse that moving in would be more fun with pizza, cold beer and a buzz on.
"You're right above me." He didn't look particularly happy about it, either.
I shot Lauren a what's with this guy look, and she shrugged.
"I'm Nadia," I said.
At first he didn't say anything, so she tried, "That makes me Lauren."
"Ty," he said finally, like this basic introduction was akin to signing a long-term cell contract.
Lauren started, "The guys will be back with drinks in a bit, if you want"
"No, it's okay. I need to get home." If curt was a hat, he would be wearing it with jaunty disregard for our feelings.
Awkward. And I still need to change my pants.
"Well, thanks for helping us out. We can handle the rest of the boxes."
Ty took my comment as his cue to leave, so we followed him downstairs to work on the rest of our stuff. He looked tired as hell as he headed toward apartment 1B, the unit to the back of the building; it had a nice courtyard, unlike the front or upstairs. We had a balcony, but it wasn't big enough for a barbecue, unless you bought the kind people used for tailgating.
Lauren and I were moving in with a couple of friends, and since we'd lost the coin toss, we were sharing the master bedroom, while Angus and Max got their own rooms. The biggest perk was that we didn't have to use a grungy dude bathroom; we had an en-suite bath, along with a walk-in closet. Four people in a three-bedroom made the rent more manageable, and since I was often living on ramen by the end of the month, I couldn't complain. I grabbed one of my boxes, marked CLOTHING, and ran upstairs with it, wincing at the sore spot where I'd collided with the wall.
"Nice panda," Lauren said, deadpan.
I ducked into our bathroom to put on sweats and then went back down, passing Lauren on the stairs. As I hefted a box, a gray-haired woman stepped out of 1B. She was distinctly pear-shaped, moving like her feet hurt, but she smiled as she came through the foyer, giving me a friendly wave.
"Normally, I'd say 'see you tomorrow' but this is my last day." With that cryptic remark, she left, and I hauled my carton upstairs.
As Lauren and I traipsed down to load up again, Max and Angus were just coming in. When I smelled the pizza, I decided they didn't suck as much as previously estimated. They each grabbed two boxes and let Lauren and me carry up the pizza and beer. With four of us on the job, pretty soon we had all of our stuff in the apartment. The place was a jumble, but at least we could close the door.
"Sorry we were gone so long." Angus was genuinely concerned. "Did the couch give you any trouble?"
I warned Lauren with a look not to mention my pratfall or wardrobe malfunction. "Somewhat, but I gave it a stern talking-to, and it settled down. Promised to be less of a malcontent in the future."
Max dismissed the topic by frowning at the spot where we'd left the sofa. "It needs to face that way. That wall is better for movies and gaming."
Typical. Not that Max was a bad guy, but
Since freshman year, he'd slept his way through half the women at Mount Albion. Since this was a midsize liberal arts college, that was both impressive and alarming. Lauren and I knew Max too well to be seduced. Oh, he'd tried early on, but we both shot him down. I had zero interest in troubled bad boys from broken homes. Someone else could love Max and fix him; I was just crossing my fingers that he'd do the dishes on schedule. Max did contribute a steady paycheck, and that weighed heavily into the roommate decisionI trusted him to pay his share of the rent on time. As for Angus, he came from a "good family," as my mother would say, so his dad had already prepaid his part of the rent with the leasing company. Lauren and I were on our own, but I had a part-time job, and so did she. It should be fine. I'd been telling myself that since I signed the lease last spring and put down the deposit, but this was a little scary, after living in the dorm as a freshman and sophomore.
"Fine," Lauren said, since nobody else seemed to care about couch placement, and helped Max move it.
He immediately conscripted her to help him set up the entertainment center while Angus and I situated the retro dining set I'd found at a rummage sale, complete with yellow vinyl chairs and crackedice Formica top, edged in chrome. It had plenty of character, and probably dated from the actual '50s, but I covered the scratches with place mats while Angus organized the kitchen. I'd never lived in a house with a dishwasher before, though I wasn't about to admit that to the guys. Lauren knew, of course. My parents were covering my tuition with the help of an academic scholarship, but there had never been many luxuries. In fact, I was the first person in the family to go to college. Lauren and I had been friends since second grade. Her family used to have money, but her dad's investments didn't pan out, which left him bitter, and when she was eleven, he left the family entirely. Ten years later, we were in the same financial boat.
By the time Lauren and Max got the TV and peripherals set up, Angus had the kitchen done, and I'd set food and beer on the counter, along with plates I'd rinsed to get rid of packing dust and newspaper ink. I collapsed onto the sofa with a groan; more boxes could wait until later. Angus sat next to me, and Lauren settled on his other side, leaving Max the recliner. He promptly put on a noisy action movie from his collection, and I was too tired to argue.
"You've seen this twelve times," Angus said.
"Fourteen. What's your point?" Max flashed a grin that other people found charming.
I ate my pizza, staring blankly at a succession of car chases.
Afterward, I felt better, enough to start rummaging in the decor boxes. We didn't have a ton, but there were a few pictures, scented candles and a weird statue that Angus's mom made. Apparently, she was some kind of big-deal sculptor in Europe. I asked their opinions of where I should hang things at first, but it became obvious nobody cared, so I located hammer and nails and went to work.
Ten minutes later, someone knocked on the door. The other three looked at me.
"What?" Lauren said. "You're already up."
I answered, then my eyes widened when I saw Ty. If possible, he looked even wearier, damp and rumpled, too. He'd changed into a gray Converse T-shirt, and I had no idea what would create those splash patterns, but soft cotton clung to his upper body, revealing broad shoulders and a solid chest. His disheveled, touchable appeal made me smile until he opened his mouth.
"Do you mind turning down the TV and not banging on the walls so late?"
Surprised, I dug the phone out of my pocket. It read 8:42 p.m. For shit's sake, it wasn't even nine on a weeknight. I'd stayed up later than this in elementary school. "I think we disagree as to what constitutes late. But I'll tell Max about the TV." I pivoted to call, "Hey, he can hear your movie downstairs. Too loud, bro."
With a dirty look and a mumbled curse, Max pressed the volume on the remote. Holy crap, he had it all the way up to fifty. No wonder Couch Guy was cranky. It occurred to me that was why he'd sighed when he spotted Lauren and me moving in. College students were known to be pain-in-the-ass partiers, prone to aggravating their neighbors, barfing in strange places and occasionally leaving naked people where they didn't belong.
"Thanks." That was all he said before wheeling and heading off down the hall in a hurry.
"Great, we have a complete fun Nazi living downstairs," Max grumbled.
"We knew when we moved in this was a mixed community.
The all-college-student apartments we'd looked at cost more, both in monthly rent and damage deposits. This place rented to upperclassmen, and they didn't make us pay two months up front, either. It was a little farther from campus, but we had two cars between the four of us, and we'd worked out a good ride-share system. But we also couldn't be as wild as we might get away with elsewhere.
"I don't want our neighbors to hate me," Lauren said. "Especially hot ones who help us move furniture."
"You have terrible taste in guys," Max told her.
While they bickered, Angus snagged the remote and quietly turned the movie down another few notches. I put down the hammer and decorated more quietly, arranging knickknacks and candles; the picture-hanging could wait until the morning. For all I knew, Ty was a med student who hadn't slept in twenty-seven hours, so once I finished the living room, rather than agitate him on our first night, I dragged my boxes to my room and started hanging up clothes. Along the way, I found sheets and made up my bed. Elation burbled through me when I unearthed towels, too; at ten, I stopped organizing and took my first shower in our new place.
My mom called at half past, just as I was stepping onto the rug. It was surprising until I realized she must've forgotten the two-hour difference. Again. She was on Mountain time; I was on Eastern. This happened about once a month. She'd get an itch to talk to me and dial away.
I grabbed my cell and said, "Everything's fine, no hitches."
"You're sharing a room with Lauren, right? Not the broody, handsome boy?"
I grinned. Max would hate being described that way. "Not a chance."
"I don't mind the other one."
"Angus is gay, Mom."
"Are you sure? Sometimes they seem that way, but they're really metrosexual. You see it on the TV all the time."
"I've met his boyfriend."
"That's compelling evidence." She sounded disappointed. "Well, I just wanted to make sure you didn't have any problems with the apartment."
"Nope, it's great."
"When does school start?"
"In two days."
"Do you have everything you need? Things are tight, but"
"Yes, I'm fine."
Whatever she was going to offer, I couldn't accept it. They had scrimped, saved and sacrificed enough for me. Two more years, and I'd graduate with a degree in special education; going forward, I was determined to stand on my own two feet. My parents didn't know this, but I had been keeping a tally of what they paid and I intended to reimburse them after I got my first teaching position. They'd never asked me to, but I knew how hard they'd worked. For a while my mom had two jobs to keep me in school, until she got promoted to management at the supermarket. Paying back that money would give them a nest egg for the future or maybe they could finally take a vacation. It made me smile to think about giving back.
"I'll send you a care package," she said, and I could hear the pride in her voice. "I can't wait to write your new address on the label."
"I thought you were supposed to be sad that your baby's grown up," I teased her.
"It makes me feel like I did my job to see you spread your wings and fly."
Oh, Lord. I had to get off the phone before my mom started in with the butterfly talk. I was an ugly duckling as a kid, slightly better in high school, and I'd more or less grown into my looks by college. I had dark, curly hair, a long nose, sharp chin and strong cheekbones. You could say my face had character. Mom claimed I had "good bones," which meant I'd age well, like Katharine Hepburn. Since I barely knew who that was nowand she was a really old woman who died when I was a kidthat wasn't much comfort at age nine.
"Love you, Mom. Kiss Dad and Rob for me." Rob being my older brother, who had gone into construction like my dad.
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Great book! I really enjoyed reading this book! Loved the plot and characters!
Besides transporting you back to the gold ol' early 2000s, I Want It That Way delivers a cute story about two people who seem to be on separate paths in life. Plot: I Want it That Way opens like your typical NA novel. Girl moves into a new place and meets aloof hot boy. This is where this the similarities between this and other NAs differ. I liked that this wasn't just a story about Nadia and her infatuation (of obsession, no judgement) regarding Daniel Tyler, but also the dynamics of her roommates and family life. When you think about it, it's a pretty difficult decision to make at the age of 20. Do I give myself to this guy who has already started a family? It made me question what I would do in that position as well. Characters: I can't say that I felt a connection to any other the characters, not even Ty's adorable child, Sam. This may be due in pat to the writing, but I felt like an observer throughout this novel, I was never engaged in the story line. The days seem to pass without much excitement, and the sexual tension seemed like it was just one step to the "I Love Yous" without any heart. I think the writing was a lot of "telling" instead of "showing." Setting: I Want it That Way has a university setting like most NAs, but I'm not too sure we see Nadia in class, ever. She floats between a part-time job, her apartment, and then her high school practicum. Maybe the other books will expand more on their university lives. Short N Sweet: I Want it That Way explores the difficulty of love after becoming a single parent. I appreciate it for its originality, but I didn't feel much for the story.
This book was kind of like a community in a book. Sure you have the romance going on between Nadia and Ty, but Nadia's roommates have their own dramas going on also, and they play into the plot line well. Nadia pretty much knows what she wants. She's a strong person. She's definitely got more figured out than I did at that age as far as knowing what she wants from her future. Ty is putting his son first right now. He's an amazing father. He's also scared and uses fatherhood as a crutch to keep his heart safe. He has a lot of baggage to work through. I felt like his character was completely believable. Together, Nadia and Ty just make sense. Though Ty keeps her at a distance, and they only see each other on a very limited basis, there lives seem like they could mesh well together. I really enjoyed this story and finished it quickly. The ARC of I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Net Galley for review. The opinions are my own.
Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Color me grateful. I. LOVE. Ann. Aguirre. For serious. Everything she writes is pure gold. This is the 3rd or 4th book I’ve read of hers and I can safely confirm: she rocks. I am astounded at her versatility and ability to jump from one genre to another (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA, NA, Romance, Adult–is there anything she can’t do?). So much YES!!! The story is beautifully crafted from page one. The intricacies and subtleties Aguirre weaves into her story left me feeling extremely satisfied at the end of Nadia & Ty’s journey. I WANT IT THAT WAY is a heart-warming, emotional, and super hot read. It’s got ALL of the FEELS! Can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series! I cannot recommend Ann Aguirre enough!!!
Nadia and three friends move into an apartment together and nadia falls for her neighbor ty. One problem he is a sngle dad. Ty enrolls sam and the school nadia works at and her love for sam grows and so does her love for ty. But he and sam gets sick and she takes care of them and he breaks off what little they had going on....I cried so hard. But nadia never gave up no matter how much she lost on the way to keeping her love. This was a nice change from the world of zombies
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.) This was an okay story, but it dragged. First of all I have to say that I hate the title of this book, because every time I see it, I get that Backstreet Boy’s song stuck in my head, and it drives me crazy! Nadia was an okay character, but for someone who should have been fairly intelligent, she was actually pretty stupid at times. If you’re going to date someone who has a child, you have to be prepared for the child to be part of the package. You can’t date someone with a child and never consider that if the relationship does develop, you would end up living with not only the guy, but the child too! I mean it doesn’t take a genius to realise that the child isn’t going to disappear! The storyline in this was okay, but it really dragged. The sex scenes were mildly entertaining, but I really did not care about the rest of the story, and I got bored. When I did begin to get a little more interested towards the end, Nadia turned into an idiot and screwed everything up, which frustrated me no end! The ending when it came was then alright, but boy was I ready for this book to end. Maybe now I can finally get ‘I Want it That Way’, or the even more irritating ‘Ebay Song’ by Weird Al out of my head! Overall; okay, but dragged, 6 out of 10.
At first I wasn't aware that the author was getting into the NA genre. I was excited because I love her YA series (the Razorland series) but I didn't quite love this book. It was mostly a good book, there was some parts I could have done without to speed up the story. I did like the theme of the story; something different from what other NA authors are writing about i.e. virgin girls getting with playboys or someone broken/damaged that needs someone to help them. I was getting burned out on the genre because of that, a big plus that this one didn't fall into that! The characters were well written. I really like the main characters Nadia and Ty. I liked that the story showcased that it isn't always the dad that is the bad parent, that it could easily be the mother. I liked how the story had their love blossom over time (no instalove!), but I didn't like how it dragged in between the time they were figuring things out. I also felt that there was not much sexual tension with them in the beginning which is weird considering how much they want each other. At least when they gave it a go, it was better. The side characters were great. I can't wait to read more in the future books on them. I would love to be roomed with the people in the book! Their relationships was a fun one and one hopes for when they have roommates. *I received this ARC for an honest review*
I've been sitting on my review for Ann Aguirre's I Want It That Way for months because I just have no idea what to say that will do it any justice. To say I loved this book would be a gross understatement. I don't think I've stopped talking about it to anyone who will listen (and some people who probably want me to shut up about it already!) since I finished. It was of the "devour in a single sitting" variety and oh my god the feels! There was just something about Nadia and Ty that made me fall in love with them pretty much on site. Nadia and I would totally be friends in real life. I found her to be such a relatable character. I admired her determination. I loved her inner dialogue. I connected with her on a very real level. And Ty? I just wanted to cuddle Ty. (Ok, maybe not JUST cuddle him, but you get what I'm saying.) He was wonderful. He was damaged and insecure, but still strong in so many ways. He was passionate, but scared to get burned again. His past definitely left a mark and he built high walls to protect him and his son, Sam. Sam was about the cutest thing ever, too. Gah! I just wanted to smush all of them. I loved how realistically the thing between Nadia and Ty developed. The chemistry between them was evident from their first meeting, regardless of how skeptical they were of each other. Their balcony night scenes melted my heart. They took the time to get to know each other and I, in turn, felt like I really got to know them. I understood their motivations and the things that were holding them back. The sexual tension between them was high and when they finally gave in to their desire, it was hot, but sweet. There were tons of emotions for me throughout all of it. All. The. Feels. (And quite a few tears.) I absolutely adored them together. They were both flawed, but somehow together they were nothing short of perfect. Nadia's character development throughout this book was one of my favorite things. I loved her in the beginning, but loved her more at the end. None of the things that occur in I Want It That Way were in Nadia's plans. She thought she knew what she wanted from life, but after meeting Ty (and Sam!), she started to wonder if there was an alternative to the goals she had for herself. Some might question if she was settling, but I say no. She was just choosing a slightly different path because her circumstances changed. (And I fully support it!) Of course, there's a healthy dose of drama from friends and family – and the main characters themselves at times – but none of it was too angsty or unbelievable. The residents of 2B would make a great TV show cast. I don't even watch TV anymore, but I would definitely tune into their show every week. Each of them had something special about them and I'm looking forward to getting to know all of them a little better in the future books in the 2B Trilogy. There's not one single thing about this book that I would change. It was perfection just as it was. It spoke to me on so many levels. I read this back in July and I'm not sure a single day has gone by that I haven't thought about it in one way or another. It left a mark on me. Several, actually. At the time, it was my first Ann Aguirre book. I've read the second book in the trilogy and loved it nearly as much. I have every intention of going through her YA titles and seeing if I can find a new love there, too. If you're a fan of new adult books that are as heartfelt as they are sexy, I Want It That Way should be the next book you read. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I am so, so, SO glad my friend recommended it to me and put me in contact with the publisher to get an early copy. *Squees* So damn good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A sweet, emotional, and overall enjoyable New Adult romance, I Want it That Way was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. It was a great start to a new series and it was simply lovely. Nadia was a great heroine. She freely admitted to mistakes and, once she was sure that she wanted something, she wasn't afraid to go after it. In general, she was just a kind, good-hearted person that was easy to like. I thought she was lovely. Ty was just adorable. I loved how devoted he was to his son. He put Sam first, no matter what, and was a wonderful father. Not to mention that he was very attractive and could be both sweet and charming when he wanted to be. I thought he was brilliant and I adored him. The romance was great. I really appreciated that both characters were actually mature about it in this book. Way too many New Adult books seem to have ridiculously immature characters who mess things up for themselves. Not in this case. The issues that Nadia and Ty dealt with were real, not the least of which was that Ty had a son and if they decided to go for a full relationship, it would have to be a full-strings, serious relationship because it couldn't be anything less with Sam around. I thought they were very sweet together, Even with the obstacles in their way, it was clear that they cared for each other right from the beginning. And, they definitely had some hot chemistry, right from the moment they met. I thought they were a lovely couple. Sam was SO CUTE! I'm so glad that he wasn't there as an afterthought, or a mere plot point. He was a full character that was simply adorable. He made me smile whenever he was on the page and I just loved the cute little boy. The plot was well paced and, while there were some parts that were less interesting than others, I was kept interested the entire way though. I'm really glad that this is one of the New Adult books that don't follow the cliche pattern and actually create an engaging, original story. I really enjoyed the book and the ending was wonderful. I can't wait to read book 2! I Want it That Way was a lovely New Adult romance that I really liked. It was sweet, emotional, and just wonderful. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Ann Aguirre's writing is magical. She has an amazing ability to create settings and characters that keep me interested and page-turning, even when I don't want to. And again, I mean that in a positive way. I do like her writing style and was completed invested in the this love story, but I didn't connect to it like the way I was hoping to. Nadia is doing her best to keep it all together - college, work, friends, study and more work. She barely has the time to eat, let alone, to commit to a relationship right now. Ty is a single dad who is going to school part-time while working full-time. His world consists of taking care of his son and doing the best he can to succeed in making his dream come true, to become a successful architect. After the tumultuous relationship he had with his son's mother. A commitment of any kind is not in the cards, not now. Not ever. And then, they meet. Is it love at first sight? Or lust? Can they just be friends with benefits? Or is there more? In the end, I really enjoyed watching Nadia and Ty go through everything that they had to in order to trust each other and finally fall into their happily-ever-after. However, like in Mortal Danger, I feel like something was missing - and I think that its me. I didn't feel the true connection between Nadia and Ty, therefore, I didn't feel connected to them either. I kept craving to see and learn more about Nadia's roommates than theirs. I kept expecting to see a huge twist or some sort of cliffhanger towards the ending of the book, something to bring their relationship to a true test. Again, Nadia and Ty's story was fun, heartwarming and sweet, but lacked the sizzle I was looking for. I do intend to read the rest of the trilogy and look forward to seeing what the other couples stories will be. *An eARC was acquired from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
When I had to opportunity to grab an early copy of I Want It That Way from Netgalley I jumped at the chance. I have a bunch of Ann Aguirre’s books and she is one of the only authors who writes’ zombies that I liked so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Nadia is a college student who is moving into her first apartment with her three friends; Lauren, Max, and Angus. While moving in she has a tragically embarrassing accident with a couch and that’s how she meets Ty. He’s the sexy red head who also looks like a Viking beneath her. Nadia has a job at a daycare center and goes to school full time. She wants to teach Special Education. She thinks she has her life all figured out until Ty introduces her to his son. Now she’s falling in love with both of them but, Ty isn’t ready and even when things become more he doesn’t want their relationship intruding on his sons’ life. After everything they’ve been through together Nadia knows what she wants, she just has to figure out how to get it. Nadia was a cool character I think. Definitely not my favorite but she was fun. She was always honest with herself even when it was hard and she always did what was best for her and her friends. Her character was definitely the mom type very caring and loving and always taking care of everyone around her. After meeting Ty she was even more so since she loved Ty’s son so much and wanted them both to be happy. She definitely fell hard and fast which seemed a little odd to me but whatever. Ty was broody and standoffish. He wanted nothing to do with Nadia or really anyone for that matter. He’d been hurt once and he still carried the guilt about that around for most of the book which really gave Nadia and his relationship a lot of bumps. I really wanted to love this book, but it was filled with so much monotony and mundane activities that it dragged on for me. Over and over it was school, work, and party over and over again. I really just couldn’t get into it since that was most of the book. Nadia thought about Ty a lot and there was a lot of reflection about their relationship and that got old too since we knew how she felt almost from the beginning. These were the reasons I honestly just couldn’t fall in love with this book. While it was a great story it dragged for me. After reading I Want It That Way I have to say while I wasn’t blown away I still really enjoyed the story and can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released. While I’m not in love with the next character in the upcoming book I can’t wait to get her perspective on everything that happened. Swoon: “His expression silenced me. Never in my life had I seen that exact combination of need and longing. ‘Unless you don’t want me to, I might literally die if I don’t kiss you.’ ‘I want,’ I whispered.” Teaser: “That’s a relief,’ Angus joked. ‘Max would die without ham.’ Max muttered back, ‘Would now. I’d just be very sad.” Favorite Quote: “Sometimes you meet your partner too soon, but love persuades you to leap, trusting that he’ll catch you. Life is real and it’s right now.”
My review begins with a question from the Epilogue: “…would you have been as interested…,if you’d known?” Yes! Yes! Yes! For me, this book begins once Nadia makes this choice. Up until then, the story seemed rushed. Certainly, there is a certain amount of insta-love present in most romance novels, but I did not understand the mutual attraction between Nadia and Tyler. There isn’t much to substantiate the attraction. The relationship begins when they start a conversation on their respective balconies and then BAM! Love blooms when Nadia confesses that Tyler is hot. One of the things I like most about Nadia is that she is refreshingly upfront and honest. She doesn’t hem and haw, doesn’t play games, and wears her heart on her sleeve. With that level of honesty, the story clips along. Couple that with Tyler’s stoicism, and you have a fast moving relationship, maybe just a little too fast. When Tyler says, "You make me...better. Calmer," I want to believe him, but I want to know why beyond just her voice. However, once we hit a certain point in the story where Nadia makes a critical choice, this book becomes a powerhouse. I loved her courage, strength and spirit. I found the idea of breaking through expectations and convention empowering and uplifting. I cried for the first time in a long time and cheered out loud. The last third of the story made the entire book for me. We are also introduced to Nadia’s merry band of roommates. They play an essential role in the story and I am attached to them. Being more than roommates, I relish the family they create for one another. It's clear that their is an interesting road ahead for them and I can’t wait to see where Ann Aguirre takes their stories. In a Nutshell: Even with the quick and early development of the relationship, I still recommend that you pick up this book for its satisfying ending and strong secondary characters.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre Book One of the 2B series Publisher: Harlequin HQN Publication Date: August 26, 2014 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this book contains mature subject matter, and is for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it. What I Liked: You all KNOW my struggle with New Adult contemporary romance novels. A few years ago, I read a lot of the "originals" - New Adult contemporary romance novels that weren't yet christened "New Adult", that weren't yet bought by large publishing companies. Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, and Tammara Webber were still doing the indie thing. I liked what I read... up until the publishing companies starting buying these indie books, and suddenly, EVERY author was writing New Adult contemporary romance novels, and self-publishing them, probably hoping that the big companies would buy their book's rights. And the sad thing was/is, these books all started to sound the same. They WERE the same - innocent girl meets "bad" boy, falls in love with him, wants to fix him. Meanwhile, he has a dark, deadly past, he doesn't do emotions, but oh yes, he'd love to do her. It's very possible that she either has experienced or will experience rape or sexual abuse at some point. Blah. Blah. Blah. I'm telling you right now, if this book followed the same bulls*** plot as the "older" New Adult contemporary romance novels, I would barf, rage, write a heck of a 0-star review, and forget that I requested and was approved for the next book. Aren't we all happy that's not the case? Nadia and her friends Max, Lauren, and Angus have just moved into a new apartment. They're juniors, so no more on-campus dorm housing (don't I know this struggle). Nadia isn't expecting to fall into lust (and eventually, love) with the hawt neighbor on the floor below, Ty. Ty is three years older, works during the day and takes night classes, oh, has a four-year-old son (no wife, no girlfriend, no baby momma). Ty doesn't want a serious relationship with anyone, not after what happened with his ex-girlfriend, not with his son so young. But he and Nadia can't seem to stay away... I don't think this book was too cliche at all. I haven't read a single New Adult contemporary romance novel that involved the male protagonist having a son - oh wait. Actually, now that I think about it, I remember on of J. Lynn's has that story. Ish. It's not as serious as it is in this book (if you know what I mean). We see so much of Sam, you can't not love him. Nadia is a part-time teacher at a daycare academy, so when Ty enrolls Sam, Nadia is teaching Sam every day. I really enjoyed this story. I found that I read it really quickly, which was nice. It wasn't *too* focused on the angst and heartache and chemistry and blah blah blah. I mean, it was, kind of, but nothing like most New Adult contemporary romance novels (in which the romance is ALWAYS over the top and exaggerated - in my opinion. Don't forget that I'm a "new adult" in college). Ty and Nadia aren't constantly banging or flirting or doing that dance around each other. Their relationship, from the start, is more meaningful. They don't start based on oh-my-gosh-I-want-to-be-in-his/her-pants-ASAP. I mean, they both think that, but they start actually interacting on a deep level first, physical second. Or maybe third. Or tenth. That being said, I really liked the romance. Ty and Nadia don't have a cookie-cutter fall-in-love story. They don't meet, flirt, hook up, fall in love, break up, fall in love and end up together. No, their journey is much more complicated than that, especially with Sam in the picture. I love how much else is going on in this book. Nadia has a lot to deal with, with classes and work and her best friend's school crisis and her apartment-mates and Ty. Towards the end, it's like life took a giant dump of Nadia, but it feels very natural. Like there were little cues throughout the book that hinted that something of this or that nature would happen. I like how natural things flowed, instead of how most New Adult contemporary romance novels just throw random plot twists and climaxes at readers. I didn't hate the female protagonist! Nadia isn't stupid or wishy-washy or straight-up DUMB, like most female protagonists in New Adult contemporary romance novels. And I love in the end, how SHE took charge of things (being vague). Good for her! Nadia doesn't necessarily have demons, but Ty does. His demons, in my opinion, are REAL. Not that I'm saying that the demons of male protagonists of other New Adult contemporary romance novels aren't necessarily real... but they don't seem to matter as much as something like a pregnancy, a child. You know how most New Adult contemporary romance novels end perfectly? Like, boy and girl FINALLY get together as a real couple, girl faces her demons, boy faces his, boy saves girl from getting raped or run over by cars or beat up or whatever, and everyone sails off into the sunset. Well, in this book, the ending isn't what you would expect in a New Adult contemporary romance novel. Not everyone ends up perfectly happy. But I shan't give anything away! Overall, I really liked this book. And not just because it's an Ann Aguirre book (though I do love Aguirre's books in general), but because it was a genuinely good book. Also, perhaps it's good that I took such a long break from New Adult contemporary romance novels. But I don't think I would have liked this book less if I still had been reading (and hating) New Adult contemporary romance novels, like before! What I Did Not Like: In no way do I promote the practice of day drinking, binge-drinking, post-break-up drinking, blackout drinking - quite frankly, I don't promote or endorse any type of drinking. Contrary to what you'll infer from most authors and their wine, alcohol is bad for you, people. Moderation is good though. That was more like a disclaimer, not a dislike. Take it as you will! Would I Recommend It: If you like New Adult contemporary romance novels, definitely give this book a chance. If you like contemporary or romance novels in general, you will enjoy this book! There is adult content and whatnot, so be warned. Rating: 4 stars. YAY, a positive rating for a New Adult contemporary romance novel, coming from a "new adult" who has read sooo many New Adult contemporary novels, and disliked a good number of them! That says something, people.
Read from August 13 to 14, 2014 Book Info Kindle Edition, 352 pages Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN ASIN B00K4M3I0S edition language English series 2B Trilogy #1 other editions (2) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it. My Thoughts What can I say, am a sucker for anything written by Ann Aguirre no matter whether it is SciFi-YA-NA-Romantic Suspense-Contemporary Romance or something somewhere in between as everything that I have read by her so far manages to touch my heart deeply. This first book in the 2B Trilogy is certainly no exception. From the truly adorable 4 year old Sam, Daniel Tyler’s son, to Nadia-her roommates Max/Lauren/Angus and most especially downstairs neighbor Ty himself these characters very easily became real to me as read about their lives and how Nadia and Ty’s relationship started. As the chapters passed by every little tidbit added to the story, one of my favorite moments is when Nadia is confronted with the reality of a 4-year-olds mercurial temperament when she is called upon to babysit Sam while Ty resolves an issue at his work. I would have personally had to have been put in a straight jacket, Nadia’s ability to deal with the minor crisis and greet Ty with a smile at the end of a long night won my heart to her side for sure! To say that this story has its ups and downs would be a fair assessment, however what made it worth sticking with was the fact that everything came across as experiences that real people deal with in their lives all the time with the characters never coming across as total flakes when they messed up. One of the many things that I totally loved in this story was the way in which Nadia and Ty finally dealt with the issues that were obstacles to their relationship becoming more than just the occasional friends with benefits. It may have taken a serious wake-up call on both their parts to get to the point where talking about being a family with Sam for the long haul but in the end it was well worth what these two lovers went through. Really but looking forward with breathless anticipation to book 2 As Long As You Love Me which thanks to publisher and Netgalley have waiting on my Kindle and will read closer to end of September release. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
"You are my fire, the one desire..." When Nadia Conrad meets Daniel "Ty" Tyler, she immediately crushes on him. I mean, who wouldn't? He's sexy, knows responsibility, and is a great father to his little boy, Sam. And since she loves kids, that's like kryptonite to her, basically her one weakness. So Nadia pines away thinking about him, and they start this tentative friendship of late-night balcony talks and looks full of longing and desire in the apartment and day-care center where they see each other all the time. But Ty won't date. He's been burned before, and he has a kid to think about. He basically tells her that he can't do more than sex. And she jumps at the chance, because she can't fathom not having anything to do with Ty. So she'll take what she can get, thinking she can keep her emotions out of it. But we all know how that works out, don't we? I liked the characters, but I didn't love them. And it's not because of their personalities; it's because I just didn't have strong feelings toward them, good or bad. They don't really pop off the pages with bright personalities. Nadia is a hard-worker who cares a lot about her grades and her future. She loves kids but still has uncertainties about her future in special education. She's just a college student who is trying to make her dreams come true. Ty is also a hard-worker, and reserved, and still lets his past rule his future. He needed to learn that opening up to love was worth the pain and potential heartbreak. They had some serious chemistry together, and I liked that their relationship stayed true to who they both were. However, it didn't feel deep to me at all. They don't have many meaningful conversations, but they do have a lot of sex. But emotions neither of them think they want push between them. It leads to nerves and lukewarm friendship to a separation that spans like six months to moving in together at the end. However, I didn't necessarily believe that what they had was a happily-ever-after, especially since Nadia jumped on the love train kind of fast. I kind of got bored with the uneventful plot. I really enjoyed it in the beginning, but then I started wishing something exciting would happen. There were quite a few comedic moments with Nadia and her roommates. I loved it when the secondary characters were together! But I did not like the timeline that this book had. I grew frustrated when Ty and Nadia were on their "separation" from each other. It just felt like it was prolonging the story and making the reader "feel" the heartache that Nadia goes through without Ty. But again, I didn't think their relationship had much depth, so it just felt unnecessary. And they worked through everything pretty fast. Aside from the negative, I did enjoy this book! And now I have the Backstreet Boys song stuck in my head.. Thank you, Ann Aguirre.
Loved it! Can't wait for the rest of the series :) "Life is messy and unpredictable; sometimes it's a punch in the gut sometimes it's so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. Life isn't a fairy tale. It's work, sand in your shoes and a sick kid at five in the morning. Life is what happens when you open the door and let beauty in, even if it doesn't fit according to your plans." (Nadia) This book really resonated with me, and it has nothing to do with the title. (I didn't actually "get" the significance of the title at all until I scrolled past some of the other reviews. I was just a tad bit old for the whole Backstreet Boys craze, tragically--though now that I know what it is, I can hum the refrain, so I'm not totally clueless. Aaand now that single line is running nonstop on a loop through my head. Sigh...) There's not a huge amount of major drama here, and the characters don't do anything earth-shattering. Hey, they're impoverished college students (well, except for Angus, but the most extravagant thing he does with his money is buy someone a much-needed early Christmas present), and let's face it, real impoverished college students do not live lives of indulgent wonder. Their lives pretty much center around classes, work, studying, and blowing off steam without going through too much cash--so the ways in which Nadia and her roomies spent their days and nights felt totally spot-on to me. Instead, what made this book was the characters. I loved them all. First, there's Nadia, the special education major who's on a scholarship, doing her junior practicum, and working at a day care part-time. She was a character I really identified with. The second last year of a teaching degree is intense enough without working every day on top of it--yet Nadia managed to keep it together pretty well, considering. Then there's Ty, the single dad who's working full-time days and going to school to be an architect at night, yet still has time to read his four-year-old Goodnight Moon before bed. Every Sunday is spent with his son, no exceptions. When he tells Nadia that he wants to design churches someday so he can "thank God personally for Sam"? Yeah, that did it. He's going to be my favorite book boyfriend for a while for sure. And that brings us to Ty, the pocket-sized edition--his son Sam. One minute he's a total sweetheart, the next he's Mr. Twenty Million questions. The one after that he's absolutely lost it because he can't find his stuffed bear. Yep, he's four. ;) By the end of the book I felt as if Nadia's roommates were my friends too: Lauren, Nadia's BFF from back home who's been strangely secretive all semester; Max, the "broody, handsome boy" with a troubled past and a heart of gold; and Angus, the unfortunately-named fantastic cook who's also the only one going in who has a significant other. (Sadly, he's also the only one who doesn't get his own book. Hopefully we'll still see a promise of an HEA for him, because he totally deserves it.) We only see Nadia's POV here, but it feels right for the story. The pages seemed to fly by, and I read most of it in an afternoon. Nadia and Ty's quiet little upstairs-downstairs neighbor moments were some of my favorite bits, and when the sick Sam comes to get Nadia's help because she's "right upstairs, and she loves us"? So sweet. Naturally the black moment's right around the corner at that point. It was realistic and true to the characters, and not as over-the-top-angsty as some New Adult can be. We get our HEA in the end and it's a good one, so all is forgiven. Even a week later it's still giving me feel-good chills. I can't wait for the other two books in the trilogy--Lauren's first up, and then Max. Then it'll be time to check out Ms. Aguirre's backlist, I suspect... Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.