Published by Harlequin, Harlequin HQN on August 26, 2014
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genres: contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. 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, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in 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.
"A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned."
—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
I Want it That Way is the first in a New Adult Contemporary Series from Ann Aguirre. I had no idea she was so versatile as an author. I loved her new adult contemporary just as much as I loved her young adult dystopian. The unique thing that I am enjoying about this series is that we get to see the book covers and synopsis for each of the books right up front. I know whose story each of them are going to be about. It was cool because while I was reading this one, I saw some of the characters that the other books were going to be about and let’s just say they are not ready for their stories yet. They have crushes on other people or they are dating someone else right now. It was kind of fun seeing them now when I know their story will focus on something different down the road. But this story is about one of the young ladies in apartment 2B- Nadia, and her huge crush on the young single father downstairs.
I loved how Ty and Nadia connected outside on their balconies. That aspect of it kind of reminded me of On the Fence by Kasie West. Nadia and Ty are both super busy. Nadia is taking a full load of classes as well as doing her practicum at a local school to become a special needs teacher, as well as working part time at a day care to help pay for school. Ty is working full time, taking night classes to become an Architect and taking care of his son alone. Normally, I am not one for reading stories with kids in them. (Please put away all rotten vegetables!) I just do not mesh well with tiny humans, and I normally feel like a pregnancy “ruins” a story for me. But there was no pregnancy in this book (that I knew of) so I decided to give it a try. And I am glad that I did. I loved watching Nadia and Ty dance around each other. Plus, watching Sam and Nadia interact in day care was adorable. I actually liked the little guy.
I wanted to punch his father and tell him to wake up a few times when he continually pushed Nadia away, but that is another story. And then when they finally came to some sort of agreement on an arrangement that they both liked, Ty was beyond sweet. I loved watching him worry when Nadia was driving in bad weather. But don’t you drama people worry, even then things still come between them. They didn’t have much smooth sailing, but I liked them so much I couldn’t help but to keep rooting for them! They are the couple you know is going to make it, if only they could get past their insecurities and issues and just try.
I Want it That Way was a great new adult read. Told in dual narrative between Nadia and Ty was a great way for the readers to get to know both main characters equally. We also got a chance to get to know the other roommates in Apt 2B so we can lay some of the ground work for books 2 and 3. Ty stole a little piece of my heart with this book. I really liked him and I LOVED that the author gave us a bonus scene from his point of view. I want more of them! I liked Ty more than Nadia, but Nadia was a sweet character as well. I loved her spunk and tenacity when it came to Ty. Ty just had so much heart. You could feel his emotions jump off the page. I was kind of addicted to reading about him. Fans of New Adult, of neighbor/roommate romance, and romance in general will eat this one up!
Other Books in the 2B Trilogy:
As Long As You Love Me (9/30/14)
The Shape Of My Heart (11/25/14)
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