20945757I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Source: Library
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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. – Goodreads

Review:

This is the first book in Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy, while I read book #2, As Long As You Love Me, before I Want It That Way, it quickly becomes clear that it doesn’t matter what order you read them in. They are more companion novels to each other than anything else. That being said, parts of As Long As You Love Me, now make more sense, but I don’t regret my choice in order. Such is the life of a mood reader.

I Want It That Way is the story of Nadia, an all American girl who is constantly working or going to school and trying to not break down. And then there is Tyler, who grew up to fast, has a four year old, and is trying to survive. Tyler lives in the apartment below Nadia and he doesn’t want to keep her down. Of course, they meet and they work well together. They push each other in a way a couple should, but they never call each other a couple. Tyler had a shit past and he doesn’t want to fall in love with anyone until his son is older, in high school. So ten years from now. He doesn’t have time for love because he doesn’t deserve. This is what he tells himself.

Nadia believes that they can be friends with benefits with no repercussions. Of course this doesn’t work. She falls in love with him. Hard. Even when they aren’t using the boyfriend/girlfriend nomenclature it still kills her when they ultimately break up. (That is not a spoiler FYI, it’s a romance novel, OF COURSE THEY BREAK UP). He wants more of her, but refuses to involve his son in his romantic life, he doesn’t want anyone to hurt. But of course there is hurt. So much hurt. What was interesting to me, was, because I read the second book first, I saw how Aguirre flowed and twisted the two stories together. It made me appreciate them more.

That being said though, there was nothing in particular about this as a romance novel that was making me want to re-read it. The writing was solid, and heck the plot was solid. But there wasn’t a particular thing about this novel that was making me run out to purchase it.