Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Review: I Want it That Way by Anne Aguirre


Series Order Number: 2B #1
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: New Adult
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★1/2

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.

Let's start by dealing with the elephant in the room.  I CAN'T THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK WITHOUT HEARING BACKSTREET BOYS SINGING IN MY HEAD! You know you hear it too, don't lie.

Moving on...

Nadia has just moved into a new apartment with her three roommates.  She's a busy college student who spends most non-school moments working and interning in early childhood care, the subject she studies. She has little time for relationships and romance.

Enter Ty. The grumpy young, single dad who lives downstairs.  He has even less time, and inclination, for romance.

But attraction and chemistry sometime derail even your best laid plans, and these two seem to constantly find themselves in each others path.

So what do you do when you are a little lonely, a little needy and a lot horny?  Friends with benefits, baby.  Does that ever really work out though? Really it's either going to crash and burn with one feeling more than the other, or it eventually fizzles and one person finds someone else. Right?

Not always. Sometimes you both fall in love with each other and it is beautiful and it is sweet but you're scared because your past has broken your heart and your future doesn't just belong to you when there is a child in the mix.

While I Want it That Way was a sweet and heart breaking story, I found it difficult to connect with Nadia. She just lacked a depth that I really wanted.  However, Ty...was very easy to relate to and had this been written in his point of view, I think I could have fallen head over heels for this story.

I still really enjoyed it and had a handful of heart stuttering moments, but the full on big feels didn't come to me and I so, so wanted them. 

Aguirre has a way of bringing a fresh feel to her books though.  It was something I loved in her Razorland series and I'm glad it reared its head here too. There is just something Aguirre does that makes you look at things in a different way. To see people a little deeper, situations a little clearer. She doesn't fill her books with cliches or over dramatized moments. It all feels authentic, real, life like.

So, while I didn't have all those heart pounding moments, I still had a sweet story with some very heartwarming and real moments.  

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