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

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

TITLE: I Want It That Way
SERIES: 2B Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre
PUBLICATION DATE: August 26, 2014
PUBLISHER: Harleqiun HGN
PAGES: 352 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Blog tour via NetGalley
RATING: 5 bows

Nadia is a smart and determined girl. She wants to be a special ed teacher and she’s working her ass off to make it happen. However, this means she doesn’t have time to be the typical college party girl. Between classes and working at the local daycare, she barely has time to eat and sleep, much less worry about her love life. But when she meets Ty, the grumpy single dad downstairs, she wonders if she can’t make time. Ty’s life is centered around Sam, he’s son. Becoming a single dad at 20 was a crazy loop, but he can’t bring himself to regret the heartache that came along with it because he has Sam. Between work, night school, and parenting, he also doesn’t have time for a romantic relationship. But he can’t help noticing Nadia, even when he shouldn’t. Can these two make time for each other or will this opportunity pass them by?

Nadia is that girl that’s so easy for me to relate to. All her parents hopes and dreams are centered on her because she is the smart one. She has the brains to make it out of their podunk town and do something great with her life. And she will, if it kills her. Determined to live up to those high expectations, she excels at school, pouring all her energy into learning how to be the best special ed teacher she can be. If it wasn’t for her friends and roommates forcing her out sometimes, she wouldn’t have any normal college experiences. She’s not the average party girl anyway, preferring to sticking to a light buzz over idiot-level drunk. I really could understand her plight and sympathize with her once her desire to get to know Mr Hot Ginger a little better…or a lot better.

Ty, AKA Mr Hot Ginger, is a total sweetheart, even if he does have his grumpy asshole moments. Hey, not guy is perfect and we all get frustrated at times. He’s a hard worker and loves his son enough to sacrifice his whole world on him. It’s rare to see a single father so determined to make everything right for his son. When he really starts to give in to Nadia and allow their friendship to blossom, he really becomes swoon-worthy. He’s cranky and difficult at times, but with the load he’s dealing with, how could he not be? He’s also determined to do what he thinks is right by his son, even when it might not be the right thing.

One of the things I really loved about this was the lack of a traumatic past for either character. Okay, Ty has a kid, so he has a tinsy bit of drama, but fans of NA will really know what I mean. Neither character was abused or assaulted or neglected. Both characters came from decent homes where their parents genuinely want to see them succeed. That was such a refreshing take. Finally, an NA where it’s just about two people in this age range finding themselves and each other. And it focuses a lot of attention on their connection and need for each other on a mental and emotion level as well as the need to rip each other’s clothes off. The tension is there, but it’s not all sex, sex, and…oh yeah, more sex!

There is also no love triangle aspect (or a cliffhanger). This could have easily gone down that path, with Nadia and her roommate Max, we are saved that headache. Which is a real relief for me because even though sometimes I get past the triangle enough to love the book, I always hate recommending things with triangles. It feels like love triangles in themselves double the drama level and I like to keep that level as low as possible.

The issues both characters face are very real and easy to relate to. Though Nadia wants to be with Ty, is she ready to be a mom at 21? Is Ty ready to let go of his past and allow himself the opportunity to move on? Both dilemma’s make the reader really thing and sympathize with the characters because there is no easy answer or easy way. No matter how much Nadia loves Sam, helping raise him won’t be easy. And neither will getting Ty to forgive himself for his past fuckup. You just can’t help but root for him.

From the moment I heard about this novels, their premise, and their Backstreet Boys titles, I wanted in. I wanted to read them as soon as possible and I’m so grateful for Kelly at Inkslinger PR for providing me with the opportunity to read and review it. It’s perfect. There isn’t a thing I would change (and that’s really saying something for me). If you are a fan of NA or contemporary romance or are just looking for a story with a little heart, give this a try. You won’t be sorry!

****Thank you to Inkslinger PR and Harlequin HQN for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

5 bows
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I WANT IT THAT WAY Synopsis:

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.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

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EXCERPT:

“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?”

“Play along.”

“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.

“Huh?”

“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.”

 

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Author PhotoAbout Ann Aguirre:

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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