Monday, August 25, 2014

I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre

Series: 2B Trilogy #1
352p.
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 8/26/14
Source: From NetGalley and Publisher for review
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:
 I did like the set up for the romance in this book. It starts when Nadia moves into the same complex as Daniel (Ty). The tension and mystery of Ty make for a good start but I had problems with Ty as the story moved forward. However, before you think it is a complaint... I feel that the problems I had with him were intentional so that you are set up for feeling that the ending was more poignant.

My problems with the couple stem from Ty wanting to do what is right for his son in a self-less way but his good intentions lead to him acting completely selfishly. That actually ticked me off for most of the book but I wanted to see how things worked out. Nadia also upset me my accepting something less than she should. I knew that both were heading for some personal growth so I had to know how it would turn out. It was worth the wait. :)

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed the ending and how everything and everyone came together. I am looking forward to seeing which couple we get next in the trilogy.

22 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about Ty, but as a single parent, I felt that his fears were very realistic. I tend to be (seemingly) selfish as well when I think it's the right thing for my child. I really understood that aspect of his character.
    I loved the realism of this story and I adored the remaining two as well. I hope you'll give them a chance.

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    1. I get it and I also see it as realistic, but I still found it frustrating. :) I know I have more perspective than the character would at that time. I enjoyed it even though I was frustrated! I love personal growth in a book. I also have the next one to read for review.

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  2. I haven't read this one but I have many books by the author and I think I should try them before.

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    1. Oh I do tend to go for her books when I see them. :)

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  3. It's funny how sometimes author purposefully make you dislike certain characters as part of their master plan. You have to admire their forethought! I'm happy that the ending worked for you. Wonderful review!

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    1. I agree! It did work for me because of the growth.

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  4. I love the marker-treatment on the title, it rocks. And I"m glad you somewhat enjoyed it, though! Great review, Melissa :)

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    1. I enjoyed it and I agree... I like the cover too.

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  5. Sounds great how everything came together at the end

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  6. What first attracted me to this book was defiently that really awesome cover but i also love how the male lead has a kid and i want to read how that affects the relationship between him and Nadia. Although you had a few issues with this book i'm glad you enjoyed how everything came together in the end :) Great review!

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    1. I also wanted to read it because he had a kid. I was curious as well.

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  7. Gosh darn it. Every time I see this I start singing Backstreet Boys. I can't make up my mind on this one. It seems to niggle people a little.

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  8. I enjoyed this one but had some of the same issues. I loved that Ty was trying to look out for his son but didn't really consider others' feelings...and Nadia shouldn't feel the need to settle for less that she deserves!

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  9. Boo, I love Agguire, but not sure this wouldn't make me angry too Melissa.

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  10. I wish I would've grabbed this ARC, but didn't even consider it. Now I have to wait and slip it in sometime. I know you had some frustrations with it, but I'm curious now.

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  11. This one doesn't really sound like one I would enjoy. I didn't really have any urge to read it before. I'm glad you still enjoyed it pretty well though.

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  12. Sounds a bit frustrating. Glad it pulled together in the end at least :)

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  13. I'm about to read this one and I"m so curious to see what I'll think of Ty! Reviews are all over the place so now I'm even more curious. Glad you were able to enjoy it despite some frustrations!

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