Guess who one of my new favorite authors is?
I’ll give you three guesses, first two don’t count…
I Want it That Way (2B Trilogy #1)
By Ann Aguirre
Published August 26th, 2014
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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.
Ann Aguirre writes science fiction, dystopian, and paranormal novels, right? I don’t believe it! Really, I can not imagine it! THIS story is about the real-est love story I have read in a long time! I usually hate reality but I completely ate up the message of this story and I was cheering at the end. Who cheers at the end of books? I DO!
I’m still learning about Ms. Aguirre writing style; she really is extremely unique! I wasn’t sure what to expect from her in a contemporary romance. I didn’t worry too much about it. I just dove in because I’m currently in love with the new adult genre. Right from the start, I could tell this was going to be a somewhat sensible, down to earth story. Immediately, I felt like I was one of the roommates in apartment 2B.
We meet the roommates on move in day. Nadia and Lauren are wrangling a sofa in the apartment building hallway when they drop it down a few stairs (nope, I’ve never done that). Daniel (aka “Ty”) happens upon the scene and at first doesn’t want to help but in the end he comes around and helps the girls get the sofa up to their apartment. He seems aloof, quiet, and not at all friendly. Turns out he’s the neighbor Nadia and Lauren (along with Angus and Max) live directly above. Ty later that night visits the apartment upstairs, again, to politely ask that they don’t hammer at 8:42 at night and to turn down the TV.
What a way to start a romance between our two lovebirds, right?
Well, this is life in the real world!
After a chance meeting in their “backyards”, we live through what it’s like to want to be with someone so badly but the timing and lifestyles just don’t fit. I thought the story was very well written and ultimately had a great message. I won’t tell you what that message is, you’re just going to have to figure it out on your own. I will share this: it took me until the very end of the book to figure out how the title of the book fit into the theme or the lesson of the story. Remember, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer…
I think some readers might find that the story was on the longish side or that it “lulled” for them. The only reason why I bring this up is to kind of give you heads up warning: Ms. Aguirre uses this first book as a way to introduce all the main characters, including the protagonists to the upcoming two books in the trilogy. But she’s also telling a love story that has to build over a long period of time. This isn’t a quick two week romance. No, you’re not going to be subjected to months of college classes with Nadia.
But this is real life and the nature of this romance is an awakening for Nadia. It doesn’t come easy for her and she has to go through some pain. But dang, girl! When you wake up, you wake up!!! *glove clap*
Yep, I’m liking Ms. Aguirre’s style! Still need to read Grimspace but I’ll get there eventually. In the meantime, Lauren’s story is up next. As Long As You Love Me is expected out September 30th, 2014.
Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but….. I LOVE EXCERPTS!!! I think they are a great way to check out a new read! Aaaannnnnddd, if you want more than the excerpt below, you can go HERE to read the first chapter. To set the scene, this excerpt is Nadia’s POV and her and Ty are on their respective back patios talking…. let’s listen… sorry, couldn’t resist…..
“Where are you from?”
Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.
“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”
“I’ve never met anyone from there.”
Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”
“What do you usually do?”
“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.
That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit. Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”
“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”
Wow, that took a dark turn.
If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.
In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.
Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.
I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”
“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.
“You make me…better. Calmer.”
“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.
He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”
About the author:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author 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. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.
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