[eARC Review] I Want It That Way by Ann AguirreMonday, August 25, 2014
Title: I Want It That Way
Author: Ann Aquirre
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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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 love New Adult, but if I am honest I have to say that it can get a bit tired after a while, and i think its because the stories are always the same, with some kind of secret that no one knows and a past that is so horrible that once someone finds out everything changes. So I always go into this genre with interesting expectations, but when I finished this book I knew I had read something incredibly special, and something unlike any NA book I have read in a long time.
Nadia, our main character was quickly a favorite of mine because she was written for us to relate to her on every level. Her struggle at school to keep her scholarship, she struggled to keep her job at the local daycare center, her struggle to keep her friendships afloat admits some crazy drama. All of these things made her a character we, as readers, could relate to, and I loved that.Nadia was a strong fierce character who any girls should aspire to be. Ty, Nadia's love interest was just as amazing. He was sweet, caring and hot. But the fact that he was a single dad just made everything him about him heightened. The way her acted towards his son was probably my favorite part of the book. Without telling us anything we saw who Ty was and what kind of guy he was.
The romance between Nadia and Ty was amazing. I loved every aspect of it because Ann Aguirre has a way with sexual tension and man was it amazing to read. I loved that. And because this was New Adult there has to be a conflict that tears the couple apart and what I think made this book so amazing for me was how real the conflict was. It had nothing to do with someone past, or someone doing something wrong. It was just life getting in the way and the characters not being ready for what their relationship would mean in the end.
Overall this book was amazing. I loved every aspects of this story, from the characters to the conflict, to the secondary characters that definitely made this book that much better. If you are look for a fresh new voice in the New Adult genre, the this book is the book for you. A must read for sure!