Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ARC Review: I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Title: I Want It That Way
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
ARC Edition
352 pages
Published by Harlequin HQN
Release Date: August 26th 2014

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.

When I had to opportunity to grab an early copy of I Want It That Way from Netgalley I jumped at the chance. I have a bunch of Ann Aguirre’s books and she is one of the only authors who writes’ zombies that I liked so I knew she wouldn’t disappoint. 

Nadia is a college student who is moving into her first apartment with her three friends; Lauren, Max, and Angus. While moving in she has a tragically embarrassing accident with a couch and that’s how she meets Ty. He’s the sexy red head who also looks like a Viking beneath her. Nadia has a job at a daycare center and goes to school full time. She wants to teach Special Education. She thinks she has her life all figured out until Ty introduces her to his son. Now she’s falling in love with both of them but, Ty isn’t ready and even when things become more he doesn’t want their relationship intruding on his sons’ life. After everything they’ve been through together Nadia knows what she wants, she just has to figure out how to get it. 

Nadia was a cool character I think. Definitely not my favorite but she was fun. She was always honest with herself even when it was hard and she always did what was best for her and her friends. Her character was definitely the mom type very caring and loving and always taking care of everyone around her.  After meeting Ty she was even more so since she loved Ty’s son so much and wanted them both to be happy. She definitely fell hard and fast which seemed a little odd to me but whatever.

Ty was broody and standoffish. He wanted nothing to do with Nadia or really anyone for that matter. He’d been hurt once and he still carried the guilt about that around for most of the book which really gave Nadia and his relationship a lot of bumps.

I really wanted to love this book, but it was filled with so much monotony and mundane activities that it dragged on for me. Over and over it was school, work, and party over and over again. I really just couldn’t get into it since that was most of the book. Nadia thought about Ty a lot and there was a lot of reflection about their relationship and that got old too since we knew how she felt almost from the beginning. These were the reasons I honestly just couldn’t fall in love with this book. While it was a great story it dragged for me.

After reading I Want It That Way I have to say while I wasn’t blown away I still really enjoyed the story and can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released. While I’m not in love with the next character in the upcoming book I can’t wait to get her perspective on everything that happened.

“His expression silenced me. Never in my life had I seen that exact combination of need and longing. ‘Unless you don’t want me to, I might literally die if I don’t kiss you.’
‘I want,’ I whispered.”

“That’s a relief,’ Angus joked. ‘Max would die without ham.’
Max muttered back, ‘Would now. I’d just be very sad.”

Favorite Quote:
“Sometimes you meet your partner too soon, but love persuades you to leap, trusting that he’ll catch you. Life is real and it’s right now.”

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 all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.

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