Friday, August 29, 2014

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway ~ I Want it That Way (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre

I WANT IT THAT WAY on Goodreads

Other Books in the 2B Trilogy:

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.

Okay.  So Ann Aguirre writes new adult these days.  Of course I had to jump on this book.  Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series is up there in my top series ever list.  I can't even begin to tell you that this type of books doesn't even begin to resemble Aguirre's past work in sci-fi and fantasy.  But I had to know if Aguirre could pull off a sexy new adult book.  Let me say it here first - Ann Aguirre is crazy talented.  Anyone who can write such a diverse body of work is a master writer, hands down.  Not only did this book have all the elements I look for in a new adult read, but it was based on a deeper meaning and the writing was more impressive than many books in this genre.

I Want it That Way (curse you Ann Aguirre for keeping that song in my head on repeat!) is the story of Nadia Conrad and Daniel Tyler.  Nadia is a hard working college student, studying to be a special needs teacher.  She is from a humble background - her parents don't have a lot of money, but they have managed to save enough to help Nadia out with her tuition at a small town, Michigan college.  When Nadia moves into her new apartment, she immediately meets Daniel "Ty" Tyler.  Let's just say that he's nicknamed "hot ginger" by Nadia's best friend and roomie, Lauren.

Ty is a 24-year-old night student and he doesn't have time for the normal college antics.  He has responsibilities.  Ty juggles caring for his 4-year-old son, Sam, working a full time job and completing his degree.  He isn't in a place where he wants to develop any relationships, platonic or otherwise.  He's a bit quiet, somewhat grumpy, and a lot vulnerable.

When Ty and Nadia meet, they are immediately taken by one another.  However, Ty has trust issues and does whatever he can to avoid Nadia.  And believe me, Ty's trust issues are well-founded and run deep.  Nadia breaks down Ty's barriers bit by bit - not with huge gestures, but with just being herself.  Ty and Nadia decide to give a "relationship" a go.  This is not a regular, run-of-the-mill boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, but Nadia is willing to take Ty any way she can get him.  When Nadia makes a mistake caring for Sam and Ty, he shuts down and shuts her out.

Ty pushes Nadia away, and frankly he comes off looking like an asshole.  I understand that he has trust issues and responsibilities, but he's a jerk to Nadia for no reason.  Nadia takes it all in stride.  The one thing I love about Nadia is that she is a strong female character.  She doesn't go out and drink Ty away.  She doesn't use someone else to make Ty jealous.  She doesn't throw a pity party.  Although she hurts, she is able to continue on with her life and eventually, find the strength to straighten Ty out.

The writing in this book is top notch.  Aguirre can write anything as far as I'm concerned.  The writing in this story was so much crisper and literary than other novels in this genre.  Ty and Nadia were written as completely realistic people.  They were in a realistic relationship, in a realistic world.  They made real decisions and dealt with real consequences.  This is a very genuine novel.

The only thing that I found a bit far fetched was Nadia's acceptance of a 4-year-old boy.  I know, I know.  Some people are like that.  But when I think back to when I was 21 and in college, I can't even imagine wanting or being capable of caring for a pre schooler.  And Nadia is a great care taker - knows exactly what to do with kids.  Even though she works in a day care/preschool facitilty, this kind of care does not come easilty to college student.

I Want it That Way is a story about trust and love, and learning that sometimes, you can't plan out how and when you love someone.  Sometimes, you fall in love at the worst time in your life, but it's the love that sees you through those dark times.  If you are a fan of new adult novels that reach for deeper meaning, then this is a story that you cannot miss.

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.

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