Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review : I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy,#1) by Ann Aguirre

I Want It That Way
I Want It That Way
2B Trilogy, #1
by Ann Aguirre

August 26th, 2014

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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. 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, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in 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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Lindy's Thoughts:

I Want It That Way was such a sweet and romantic love story.  I've seen some mixed reviews on this story, but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my escape in to Nadia and Ty's lives, and could not put it down.

I related to the main character Nadia, and absolutely loved her.  She reminded me a lot of myself when I was in college.  She was going to school full-time to be a special education teacher, and worked hard to earn excellent grades, and keep her scholarship.  She worked full time at a daycare, loved her job, and had a special way about her when it came to taking care of the kids.  She truly cared, and had endless patience.  Nadia was in her junior year of college and rented an apartment with her childhood best friend, Lauren, and two good friends, Angus and Max.  I loved reading about her friendships with her roommates and admired her loyalty and sweet sensitive caring, when it came to being there for anyone in need.

Ty was a wonderful male lead.  He was a dedicated and hard worker, who was a single dad, raising a cute little four year old.  Ty worked in construction during the day, attended college night courses towards his degree in architecture, and didn't have time for a social life.  When Nadia becomes his neighbor, he is very attracted to her, but determined that nothing will come of it, because he was burned so badly in the past.  However, we can't chose when we fall in love, and sometimes life brings us the surprise of a lifetime.

 Want It That Way, by Anne Aguirre, was such a sweet, sexy, and endearing read.  I cherished every moment that Nadia and Ty spend together.  The anticipation of these two realizing what they meant to each other, just about killed me!  They both deserved happiness, and I wanted them to have it with each other.  Ty's son, Sam, was absolutely adorable, and stole my heart right from the beginning.  This story had me sighing and smiling from all of the swoon-worthy and heartfelt moments that were shared.  

I cannot wait to read the sequel, As Long As You Love Me, which will be about Nadia's best friend, Lauren, and Nadia's brother, Rob!!!  I give, I Want It That Way, by Ann Aguirre, 4 Super Sweet, Romantic, and Heart-Warmimg Stars!

Mikki's Review:

The first thing that caught my eye with I Want It That Way was the cover. This series has beautiful covers, and the titles are just AWESOME! Please take note that you will have the Backstreet Boys song stuck in your head before, during and after you finish reading I Want It That Way. I'm not complaining, I love BSB. :)

IWITW was a sweet reading escape! Nadia is a college student who has big dreams. When she moves into a new building with her friends Lauren, Max and Angus the last thing she expected was to find a single dad who would steal her heart. Ty's life was forever changed when his son Sam was born. He works during the day and takes night classes, which leaves him drained, but he does it all for his Sam. When he meets Nadia he wants to keep his distance because she makes him feel things he's afraid to feel. He was burned in the past and he's not looking for a relationship. As days go by, they can't deny the chemistry between them and they agree to a no strings attached relationship. Will Nadia be able to put back together the pieces of Ty's broken heart?

I really enjoyed this book. Even if the storyline was predictable, it was still a story that kept me turning the pages. What I really liked about the story was how much Nadia's character grew. I loved how she was determined to fight for Ty. Even if she did not have much experience with relationships, she listened to what her heart was saying. And, it was telling her to fight for Ty and make him see that not every relationship is one that will leave you with a broken heart. I really liked her and I connected with her character from the very beginning.

Connecting to the story and characters is really important for me when I read a book. With IWITW I connected with Nadia, but not at all with Ty. I think that my connection with him was hard to find because the scenes that he shared with Nadia were very limited. Weeks could pass before they would talk or even see each other. Don't get me wrong they had great sexual chemistry, but I had a hard time connecting with them on an emotional level as a couple. I felt like Nadia gave her all in this relationship while Ty pushed her away because he was afraid of getting hurt again. I understand his POV, but I still wanted to see him fight for the girl that put back together the pieces of his broken heart.

I loved to read about the moments that Nadia would share with little Sam in her class and at home. That was super adorable!!! Sam stole my heart from the very beginning. The secondary characters were awesome as well and I liked how we got to know each and every one of them. 

Overall this story kept me turning the pages and was easy to relate to. Even if I did not find the connection I was looking for with Ty, I enjoyed this book and it did not take anything away from my overall reading experience. I look forward to reading As Long As You Love Me and The Shape Of My Heart. The main characters in these stories are two secondary characters in IWITW that I really liked and I'm really anxious to see them find happiness.


I give, I Want It That Way, by Ann Aguirre 3.5 sweet and enjoyable stars!

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. 

Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.


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  1. Great reviews ladies. Both of your reviews had some great points. My favorite part of the book was definitely the relationship between the roommates. Thank you for a great reviews!!

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

  2. Jessica loved this one. I need to read it.


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