Author: Ann Aguirre
Release date: September 1, 2014
Rating: 5 boybandy stars
Recommended for: Anyone who grew up on boy band worshipping, goes awwww when cute kids are hilarious, and who swoons over cute ginger boys/men.
About I Want It That Way:
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.
Read the first chapter here!
First, let’s talk about the title, and the titles of the upcoming books in the series, As Long As You Love Me and The Shape of My Heart. I was never one of those die-hard Backstreet Boys fans (mostly because I thought I wasn’t allowed to be one and also like other boy bands), I was all about boy bands in general. My friends and I made a music video for Backstreet’s Back (alright!). The title, combined with the colors and font on the cover, had me instantly intrigued.
Then, I meet Nadia and she almost immediately rips her pants. She gets me. And then a meet cute ensues…or does it?
We know him as Grumpy Ginger at first. I love that. I’ve never had a thing for ginger boys, but lately I’ve read a lot of books with gingers where the picture I paint in my head is very pleasing. 🙂
And the more you learn about him, the more you love him. Architect? Hot. Strong? Hot. Raising a kid all on his own? Well, that clearly makes him even stronger.
And then you meet Sam. Oh my God, Sam. Cutest kid ever. Mostly because he says a lot of things that aren’t very kid-like, and you just imagine this mini-human saying them and it’s. Oh. So. Adorable.
I cracked up about the dinosaur jokes, because I call my boyfriend a dinosaur and we joke about it all the time. Every time Nadia told Sam a new one, I had to text it to him immediately and he cracked up. So, I guess he has the same sense of humor as a fictional 4-year-old. He really is a nerd. That’s why I love him.
In other reviews I read, people cited the lack of “real” conflict. But that’s the thing. So many New Adult books have so much drama, angst, and over-the-top conflict, that we’ve become desensitized. You think real romances are frequently complicated by stalkers, legitimately insane exes, and life-threatening accidents?
The conflicts here: Figuring out how to have a relationship as a young, single parent. Figuring out finances, student loans, and scholarships. What happens after you hook up with a friend. Realizing you hate your major. These are real conflicts that real people have.
It may not be as dramatic as a stalker, but it’s realistic, if not as dramatic. I applaud Ann Aguirre for keeping it real.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
About Ann Aguirre:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner 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. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.