N AguirreBook One of the 2B seriesPublisher Harleuin HNPublication Date August 26 2014Rating 4 starsSource eARC from NetGalleyWarning this book contains mature subject matter and is for the eyes of mature readersSummary from GoodreadsNadia 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 uestion 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 now what you truly need until you stand to lose itWhat I LikedYou all KNOW my struggle with New Adult contemporary romance novels A few years ago I read a lot of the originals New Adult contemporary romance novels that weren t yet christened New Adult that weren t yet bought by large publishing companies Colleen Hoover Jamie McGuire and Tammara Webber were still doing the indie thing I liked what I read up until the publishing companies starting buying these indie books and suddenly EVERY author was writing New Adult contemporary romance novels and self publishing them probably hoping that the big companies would buy their book s rights And the sad thing wasis these books all started to sound the same They WERE the same innocent girl meets bad boy falls in love with him wants to fix him Meanwhile he has a dark deadly past he doesn t do emotions but oh yes he d love to do her It s very possible that she either has experienced or will experience rape or sexual abuse at some pointBlah Blah Blah I m telling you right now if this book followed the same bulls plot as the older New Adult contemporary romance novels I would barf rage write a heck of a 0 star review and forget that I reuested and was approved for the next book Aren t we all happy that s not the case Nadia and her friends Max Lauren and Angus have just moved into a new apartment They re juniors so no on campus dorm housing don t I now this struggle Nadia isn t expecting to fall into lust and eventually love with the hawt neighbor on the floor below Ty Ty is three years older works during the day and takes night classes oh has a four year old son no wife no girlfriend no baby momma Ty doesn t want a serious relationship with anyone not after what happened with his ex girlfriend not with his son so young But he and Nadia can t seem to stay awayI don t think this book was too cliche at all I haven t read a single New Adult contemporary romance novel that involved the male protagonist having a son oh wait Actually now that I think about it I remember on of J Lynn s has that story Ish It s not as serious as it is in this book if you now what I mean We see so much of Sam you can t not love him Nadia is a part time teacher at a daycare academy so when Ty enrolls Sam Nadia is teaching Sam every day I really enjoyed this story I found that I read it really uickly which was nice It wasn t too focused on the angst and heartache and chemistry and blah blah blah I mean it was ind of but nothing like most New Adult contemporary romance novels in which the romance is ALWAYS over the top and exaggerated in my opinion Don t forget that I m a new adult in college Ty and Nadia aren t constantly banging or flirting or doing that dance around each other Their relationship from the start is meaningful They don t start based on oh my gosh I want to be in hisher pants ASAP I mean they both think that but they start actually interacting on a deep level first physical second Or maybe third Or tenthThat being said I really liked the romance Ty and Nadia don t have a cookie cutter fall in love story They don t meet flirt hook up fall in love break up fall in love and end up together No their journey is much complicated than that especially with Sam in the pictureI love how much else is going on in this book Nadia has a lot to deal with with classes and work and her best friend s school crisis and her apartment mates and Ty Towards the end it s like life took a giant dump of Nadia but it feels very natural Like there were little cues throughout the book that hinted that something of
THIS OR THAT NATURE WOULD HAPPENor that nature would happen like how natural things flowed instead of how most New Adult contemporary romance novels just throw random plot twists and climaxes at readersI didn t hate the female protagonist Nadia isn t stupid or wishy washy or straight up DUMB like most female protagonists in New Adult contemporary romance novels And I love in the end how SHE took charge of things being vague Good for her Nadia doesn t necessarily have demons but Ty does His demons in my opinion are REAL Not that I m saying that the demons of male protagonists of other New Adult contemporary romance novels aren t necessarily real but they don t seem to matter as much as something like a pregnancy a child You now how most New Adult contemporary romance novels end perfectly Like boy and girl FINALLY get together as a real couple girl faces her demons boy faces his boy saves girl from getting raped or run over by cars or beat up or whatever and everyone sails off into the sunset Well in this book the ending isn t what you would expect in a New Adult contemporary romance novel Not everyone ends up perfectly happy But I shan t give anything awayOverall I really liked this book And not just because it s an Ann Aguirre book though I do love Aguirre s books in general but because it was a genuinely good book Also perhaps it s good that I took such a long break from New Adult contemporary romance novels But I don t think I would have liked this book less if I still had been reading and hating New Adult contemporary romance novels like beforeWhat I Did Not LikeIn no way do I promote the practice of day drinking binge drinking post break up drinking blackout drinking uite frankly I don t promote or endorse any type of drinking Contrary to what you ll infer from most authors and their wine alcohol is bad for you people Moderation is good thoughThat was like a disclaimer not a dislike Take it as you willWould I Recommend ItIf you like New Adult contemporary romance novels definitely give this book a chance If you like contemporary or romance novels in general you will enjoy this book There is adult content and whatnot so be warnedRating4 stars YAY a positive rating for A New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel Coming New Adult contemporary romance novel coming a new adult who has read sooo many New Adult contemporary novels and disliked a good number of them That says something people Warning adding this book to your TBR will result in the BSB running constantly through your head heeeee. F the uestion 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 now what you truly need until you stand to lose. .
25 starsNot a bad book and not a good one either I Want It That Way felt contrived even though I have not read many books of its genre I could discern its repetitive nature from the handsome guy with a mysterious and dark past and the playful yet melodramatic relationship tropes from miles away I wanted depth from Nadia and Ty aside from their instant attraction and the problems given to them by Ann Aguirre For example here s a passage on page 44 one of their first encounters that made me roll my eyes A muscle flexed in his jaw and he closed his eyes for a few seconds as if I d stroked him in an unspeakably intimate place My fingers curled against the urge to touch him brush the bright hair away from his brow or test the gold bristles of his jaw A rush of longing hammered at my composure a visceral attraction unlike any I d ever nown He rubbed his palm over his mouth and I could ve sworn he whispered something like make it stop I don t have time for this right now but it was of a breath or a sigh and it could ve been my imaginationAs I watch a little bit of television this summer I Womens Political Activism in Palestine keep coming back to the idea of plot coming from the characters vs plot appearing for plot s sake an idea that Stephen King mentions in his book On Writing For a story to work I feel that the plot must manifest from within the characters external conflicts should also reflect within characters internal conflicts In I Want It That Way however all of Nadia s problems stemmed from forces outside of herself that worked in a disjointed manner The story did not guide me rather I recognized each of Nadia s problems as another predicament to further the plot removing me from her voice and the story itselfAll of that aside Ann Aguirre s writing was decent and the book entertained me on a surface level If the synopsis or this type of NA interests you I would give I Want It That Way a shot If the blurb does not sound appealing skip it This is a romance trilogy written by Ann Aguirre EACH OF THE TITLES IS A BACKSTREET BOYS SONG No April Fool s jokeI Want it that WayAs Long As You Love MeThe Shape of my HeartI am confused especially because I ll most likely end up reading them all Title I Want It That WaySeries 2B 1Author Ann AguirreRelease Date August 26 2014Rating 35 starsCliffhanger No HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler Everything went just finebefore the let s be friends with benefits subject came upOf course Nadia the main character accepted and thought it was a good ideaAs if that ever works outThe real problem here is that I never completely understood why they had to be sex friends in the first place Yes he Ty has a boy and yes he has trouble trusting Nadia wouldn t leave him since the mother of his child Sam left him and broke his heart but the romance is so predictable So so so predicatableCan I add that it s his fault he was left alone with a child I mean he pushed his girlfriend on having the babyAlso they didn t seem to have that of a beautiful chemistry Basically all they did when being together is having sex and telling each other how they lust one another Ugh Iept rolling my eyesAnother issue I had with this story is that than 75% of it is set in the building they both live in It got so boringNadia is actually not that of a bad character since she is a good person If she s so addicted to Ty good for her but I simply can t believe how she the inexperienced girl that she obviously is with guys can agree to casual sex They could ve just dated like normal people and see where that goesTyI thought I was going to like him He s a good father he works hard even takes night classes and he s always so calm What s not to like right Well that s before I realized that he s boring and like I said they don t talk much especially about important things or justthe weather would have been okay too Just something that would have proven me that they have a good chemistry I admit they did had some nice talks at the beginning of the story but those didn t last longThe writing was good but what the author wrote about did not appeal to me at all I can t give it
one single star I didn t like it and don t recommend it ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Aguirre s I Want it That Way is a relatively unexceptional piece of literature It isn t the New Adult Series I d recommend on a whim but an important distinction to note is that I also wouldn t warn away from it For me it seems to be a new milestone in New Adult literature when I can find a novel that steers clear of slut shaming misogyny rape or other over used tropes Thus though I hesitate to say it Aguirre s I Want it That Way belongs to that new milestone of New Adult not remarkable but a far cry from terrible too I Want it That Way is at its core a romance novel Nadia moves into a two story apartment complex and finds herself living above Ty the gorgeously sexy single father who works by day and studies by night Nadia and Ty have chemistry they can feel it even from the vertical separation of a few feet but with his son and complicated lifestyle there is no place for Nadia in Ty s life But as Ty spends and time with Nadia he finds it and difficult to stay away Just a brief place holder relationship until The One came alongit couldn t hurt right But what if The One was there all along and Ty just won t open his eyes I hardly feel the need to touch upon the love story within I Want it That Way Just the way I like it it s a slow tortuous burn and I appreciate the fact that Nadia and Ty get to now one another on an emotional mental level before they broach a physical relationship with one another It isn t easy for Ty to let Nadia into his life and similarly it isn t easy for Nadia to choose to be with Ty Ty lives the life of an individual at least another decade older than he really is and for Nadia to adjust to that and vice versa is tough Aguirre leaves no stone unturned however in exploring their relationship and its struggles and I found it a delight to read Moreover I really enjoyed Nadia s collegiate experiences bleeding into her romance Whether it be a tiff with her best friend and roommate or lending a shoulder for another friend to cry on the dynamics of these four roommates and Nadia s role in the midst of it juggling her school Work With Her Social Life With Ty with her social life with Ty not only a balance to have to live through but also to write Granted Nadia s experiences as a college student are not the focus of this novel but their presence enhanced the tale and brought Nadia s uniue decisions into broader perspective Perfect for a lazy afternoon or a stormy night I Want it That Way is uick entertaining and satisfying While you can certainly ask and expect from both Aguirre and New Adult this is likely the best you ll read of them together This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoIt s so hard to describe this book because while it isn t particularly special and will probably not blow your mind away it s also a fantastic read and something that combines youthfulness young love and the difficulties one faces when you have to grow up and it is done in such a fresh manner There 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 ta. ,Than One Single Star
S something great when a book manages to merge those elements together and I Want it That Way is that ind of greatThe new adult demographic has become The alphas abused mate known for tons of sex and not having enough character development but a lot of the NA books coming out lately are starting to change how we see them and are starting to really explore the potential this demographic holds I Want it That Way is one of those books It s why I ended up adoring this book in spite of the handful of problems I hadFor starters the characters are fantastic Both the main and secondary characters Lauren aside are well developed are easy to like and have depth to them They all have their own sets of problems yet they aren t really a depressing bunch Even Ty which is surprising considering what he s been through He may come off as somewhat bitter in the beginning but it s of a once bitten twice shyind of thing He doesn t mope around and whine about how life isn t fairNadia was such a likeable female lead and was SO relatable I loved how in spite of all the heartbreak that was in it for her she never really gave up on Ty Even when they had their ups and downs she wasn t tempted to go run and jump the first guy she came across She handled a lot of the situations she found herself in like an adult and was mature but at the same time she also acted like her age What I loved about her though was how she was around Sam Ty s Word Alchemy kid and her friends She is theind of friend anyone would want and is just all around likeable What really sold me on her was when after hearing Ty s story she didn t take his side She didn t take any side for that matter She neither condoned nor condemned his actions and just understood him instead A character who doesn t just butt into everyone s business and just lets people talk just LISTENS and offers comfort instead of lies is bound to be a good characterTy was just swoon worthy and he also complemented Nadia perfectly He needed someone who could help him get outside the solitary circle he had created for himself someone who would push him to do things and in that manner they worked well together That aside what really made Ty endearing was how much he loved his son He never saw him as a burden or someone that stopped him from living There were obviously things he missed from before but at the same time he never really blamed his son He was also a sweetheart and definitely not a jerk He was always straight with Nadia about how far they could take things and never really tried to lead her on He cared enough about her to The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures know that at that point in life she might not be ready to give everything up and henew that being with him wouldn t just be about him because he also had Sam to think ofTheir romance did have the insta love vibes and while that should have disturbed me me I wasn t all that bothered since the two complemented each other Their relationship wasn t purely sexual and there was so much going on The two took their time to actually talk to one another They talked about their favorite things dreams and aspirations etc Plus there is the fact that we as readers weren t privy to all their interactions In the end they made a good couple and were very easy to ship isn t that all that mattersWhat stopped me from absolutely loving this book was Lauren and then the Lauren and Max drama I felt like the whole issue between the two was unnecessary not to mention painful to read about It would be a great build up for the third book and would probably add to Max s tortured ness but is it really Lauren s fault that she didn t fall head over heels for him even though I happen to think he is fabulous I just feel like in Max s book Lauren might be seen in a negative light for breaking his heart and I don t like that All that aside I wasn t even a huge fan of Lauren in the first place I absolutely hate it when people hide secrets from their best friends The fact that Lauren spent such a huge chunk of time hiding stuff from Nadia and ended up only telling her when necessary didn t really make me like her They re supposed to be best friends she shouldn t be scared to tell her things no matter how Nadia might respond What are you doing calling yourself her best friend when you cannot even do thatWith all that said this really is a story worth reading I might have had some problems with the book but I was thoroughly invested in it and wasn t let down in the least It may not have blown my mind but not all novels are meant to Sometimes for a novel to be something we can relate to it doesn t have to be totally amazing It just needs to be down to Earth I d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good NA novel to readFUN FACT The first song I listened to after finishing the book was NOT in fact I Want it That Way by after finishing the book was NOT in fact I Want it That Way by Boys it was Bye Bye Bye by N Sync 25 STARSNot all love stories end happily Sometimes they just end I m a little confused right now so bear with me as I try to process this book This is my first Ann Aguirre book I ve first heard of her Razorland series and while that seems to be widely loved by my friends it s not named after a Backstreet Boys song so New Adult it is and hello Ann Aguirre it s nice to meet you On the one hand this book managed to avoid a lot of the tropes and pitfalls I ve come to hate about New Adult Contemporary The romance was between neighbours Nadia an aspiring teacher and Ty the young father to her student four year old Sam Their issue is that Ty refuses to engage in any form of commitment because of his predicament and Nadia settles for a Friends With Benefits type of relationship with him with half a loaf being better than none at all While the plot and premise was rife with potential cliche land mines view spoilerinsta love though admittedly there was insta attraction which I m not uite as averse to the return of Sam s deserter mother multiple love triangle and cheating opportunities with Max The Big Misunderstanding hide spoiler This is truly an example of a New Adult book done rightThis book did not make me roll my eyes or make me cringe at insta luv or have a ridiculous love triangle Instead we are treated to a remarkably normal couple who are working hard to put themselves through school Both have strong goals and both work so much it s hard to believe that they even have the time and energy to have a romantic relationship There s Nadia who lives with three have the time and energy to have a romantic relationship There s Nadia who lives with three works in a daycare and goes to school full time studying to become a special ed teacher Nadia lives upstairs from Ty nicknamed Hot Ginger by her roommates Ty is also working full time attending night school and is a father to the cutest 4 year old ever The two are attracted to each other but there are complications The buildup is delicious the couple are perfect for each other and Nadia does have a life and friends outside of Ty And did I mention that Sam is the cutest 4 year old ever Christal and I discuss this book as part of Lovin Los Libro s Jumble Your Genres Challenge on Badass Book Reviews See what we thought about this book and on the blog Highly recommended Review posted on The Eater of Books blogI Want It That Way by An. Citurn 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