As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)
By Ann Aguirre
Expected Publication September 30th, 2014
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Harlequin in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And then there’s the reason Lauren can’t admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend’s older brother.
Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.
Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.
Rich billionaire rescues broke college student living a trailer park? HELLS to the NO’S!!! Ann Aguirre writes realistic love stories and she’s blown me away again with her second book in the 2B Trilogy. No sophomore slump here, either! I’m thinking I might like this book better than the first one, too. And that’s saying a ton because I liked the first book plenty!
Lauren was the eff’d up roommate from book one. She’s Nadia’s best friend from Sharon, Nebraska and it’s not until after three years of college in Michigan that she realizes that living as someone else isn’t going to work for her anymore. So she purposely flunks out and heads back home to her mom’s house in Sharon. It’s a small town and people talk so already she’s painted as the idiot who flunked out of college and is pregnant with someone’s love child. She just laughs it off.
And that’s what I love about Lauren. She isn’t the super, fantastic heroine you read about in a ton of romance books. She has issues and she’s made of ton of stupid mistakes but she realizes her mistakes before it’s too late. She recognizes her shortcomings all on her own and gets help when she needs it. She wants to stand on her own two feet in the great big world, do things like buy a car on her own, and basically be able to take care of herself. But what I absolutely, positively, 100% lurved about her? It was her ability to step back from a situation, analyze it, and learn from it. And Ms. Aguirre was able to clearly illustrate that process for her reader.
It happened quite often in Lauren and Rob’s relationship. Lauren and Rob didn’t fight because they were both mature beyond their ages. Well, okay, maybe not Lauren because of a certain nacho cheese incident but we’ll let that slide.
And OMG, Rob!!!! I think I have a short list of unique book boyfriends this year and Rob is smack dab on that list. Rob is such a vulnerable, beat down, good guy that has no faith what so ever in himself or in what he deserves. The saddest thing is that his family has contributed to his low self esteem and they don’t even notice how poorly they treat him. It was a little heartbreaking to read and I was actually glad to not have to read his POV or else I would have been torn down whimpering tears. It’s not that Rob isn’t smart. He’s just street smart instead of book smart.
As it was, there was one bonus scene from Rob’s POV at the end of my eARC that gutted me. I think my emotional reactions over Ms. Aguirre’s new adult series come from being able to see bits and pieces of myself here and there in many situations depicted in the stories. I’ll put it this way: I was known to use liquid courage in college and it got me in situations that were just dumb. I’ve also fallen hard in lust and given my all to getting the guy to notice me.
That’s why I’m a romance junkie at times and why I’m loving HARD on Ms. Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy series and the realistic love tales she tells.
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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