Saturday, October 25, 2014

Review: I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: 2B Trilogy
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4 Stars
Summary From Goodreads: 
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.

My Thoughts

This is the first book I've read by Ann Aguirre, and I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint. I'm actually a huge fan of New Adult novels, so when I got the news that a review copy was on its way I was really excited.

What I Liked: Let's be honest, there's a lot of new adult books out in the world right now and most of them have the same story line (yet somehow the majority of us still love them). And then there are books like I Want It That Way. These books are the really special ones, the ones that deviate from the NA cookie cutter and make it work. 
Nadia and her friends have just moved into their new apartment in 2B. On her moving day, she meets her neighbor down in 1B, who happens to be very attractive. While their first encounter is brief, there is undeniable chemistry between the two. Juggling school, his four year old son, and the end of his previous relationship, a girlfriend is the last thing Ty wants right now. 
When I first read the summary of this book, the fact that Ty had a son really drew me in. Off the top of my head, I can only think of two other New Adult novels in which the main character has a child. Two. Out of the fifty I've probably read. And I loved the fact that Ty had a son. Sam is adorable which makes him impossible not to like. He's actually a pretty important character in the novel because he's one of the reasons Ty is so hesitant to be in another relationship. Talking about relationships and Ty, Ty is an awesome dad and reading about the two of them together is so cute. While I loved the scenes between Ty and Sam, I think I liked the scenes with Sam and Nadia even more. Nadia works at a daycare as a part time job, the same daycare Sam happens to go to. At first Sam is shy around Nadia and the other kids but as the novel goes on, Sam warms up to her and treats her like family, which is so sweet.  Is it weird that Sam is probably my favorite character? I can't help it, his innocent four year oldness is just too much.
I also liked the personalities of all of the characters, even Nadia's friends. Thankfully, Nadia doesn't make rash (and dumb) decisions and isn't a wishy washy character like other protagonists in NA and YA novels.

What I Didn't Like: I'm honestly conflicted over the romance between Ty and Nadia. Hold on, let me explain before you start throwing objects at me. I loved the interactions between the Nadia and Ty. The romance was a slow burn and the chemistry was there, but I didn't actually feel it. When it comes to the romance aspect of novels, I'm a huge fangirl and shipper of characters as long as I am emotionally connected. In I Want It That Way, I did like Ty and Nadia together and I was happy with the ending, but I never truly shipped the two of them and felt their chemistry. So I guess while I enjoyed the romance in the novel, I didn't really experience it with the characters. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all, but hopefully you get my point.

But overall, I Want It That Way provides a unique plot line that will satisfy all readers and lovers of New Adult! I definitely recommend it to those looking for a great contemporary read. And I, myself, look forward to reading more of Ann Aguirre's novels!    

About Ann Aguirre

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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 books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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