I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Format: ARC, 352 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I’ve been sitting on my review for Ann Aguirre’s I Want It That Way for months because I just have no idea what to say that will do it any justice. To say I loved this book would be a gross understatement. I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about it to anyone who will listen (and some people who probably want me to shut up about it already!) since I finished. It was of the “devour in a single sitting” variety and oh my god the feels!
There was just something about Nadia and Ty that made me fall in love with them pretty much on site. Nadia and I would totally be friends in real life. I found her to be such a relatable character. I admired her determination. I loved her inner dialogue. I connected with her on a very real level. And Ty? I just wanted to cuddle Ty. (Ok, maybe not JUST cuddle him, but you get what I’m saying.) He was wonderful. He was damaged and insecure, but still strong in so many ways. He was passionate, but scared to get burned again. His past definitely left a mark and he built high walls to protect him and his son, Sam. Sam was about the cutest thing ever, too. Gah! I just wanted to smush all of them.
I loved how realistically the thing between Nadia and Ty developed. The chemistry between them was evident from their first meeting, regardless of how skeptical they were of each other. Their balcony night scenes melted my heart. They took the time to get to know each other and I, in turn, felt like I really got to know them. I understood their motivations and the things that were holding them back. The sexual tension between them was high and when they finally gave in to their desire, it was hot, but sweet. There were tons of emotions for me throughout all of it. All. The. Feels. (And quite a few tears.) I absolutely adored them together. They were both flawed, but somehow together they were nothing short of perfect.
Nadia’s character development throughout this book was one of my favorite things. I loved her in the beginning, but loved her more at the end. None of the things that occur in I Want It That Way were in Nadia’s plans. She thought she knew what she wanted from life, but after meeting Ty (and Sam!), she started to wonder if there was an alternative to the goals she had for herself. Some might question if she was settling, but I say no. She was just choosing a slightly different path because her circumstances changed. (And I fully support it!) Of course, there’s a healthy dose of drama from friends and family – and the main characters themselves at times – but none of it was too angsty or unbelievable.
The residents of 2B would make a great TV show cast. I don’t even watch TV anymore, but I would definitely tune into their show every week. Each of them had something special about them and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of them a little better in the future books in the 2B Trilogy.
There’s not one single thing about this book that I would change. It was perfection just as it was. It spoke to me on so many levels. I read this back in June and I’m not sure a single day has gone by that I haven’t thought about it in one way or another. It left a mark on me. Several, actually. At the time, it was my first Ann Aguirre book. I’ve read the second book in the trilogy and loved it nearly as much. I have every intention of going through her YA titles and seeing if I can find a new love there, too.
If you’re a fan of new adult books that are as heartfelt as they are sexy, I Want It That Way should be the next book you read. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I am so, so, SO glad my friend recommended it to me and put me in contact with the publisher to get an early copy. *Squees* So damn good.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.