Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on August 26th 2014
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.
I don’t think a book has ever pulled me in so many directions before – one minute I was screaming in frustration and rating the book one star and the next stunned into silence at a fabulous story and saying five stars all the way – so I think it’s only fair I land in the middle.
I WANT IT THAT WAY is the story of Nadia, a college student who has just moved into an off-campus apartment with her friends. On her first day she runs into Ty, a single dad who lives in the apartment below. Despite his standoffish behaviour, Nadia is instantly attracted to him and determined to get to know him. However Ty is equally determined to remain focused on his son and not be distracted by love. However the chemistry is undeniable and while the timing may be wrong, the heart wants what the heart wants.
Let’s talk about what I liked – I loved how Ann Aguirre wrote a New Adult book that was relatable! All too often in these stories we have characters with the darkest, traumatic pasts and while of course there is a need for those who have gone through that in real life to have someone give them a voice and tell their story, it’s gotten to the stage where it seems you’re not a “New Adult” unless you’re dark and twisty! I love how Aguirre focuses on those everyday problems we all have, money issues, roommate issues, work problems, the stuff that keeps everyone up at 4am on a random Tuesday. I loved seeing how the characters handled their business and how easy it was to put yourself in any of their shoes.
Nadia is driven and hard-working and I loved her determination to succeed. Feeling under pressure to not disappoint her parents and succeed as the first generation of her family to go to college, it was admirable how she juggled school and work and managed to always remain focussed and compassionate in her work with the kids at her school. She was mature and capable and always tried to make the best of every situation.
Ty was a character I both warmed to whom equally left me feeling kind of cold. I could completely understand his determination to protect his kid and not let Sam become too attached to any woman in case the relationship didn’t work out but considering how he got into that situation and his treatment of Sam’s mom, it made me a little wary of him. Despite that I can understand how easy it is to embed yourself in guilt to the point where it can paralyse you from moving on and I loved how Nadia showed him it was okay to forgive yourself and live your life. When she meets Ty, their attraction to each other is instant however Ty’s reluctance to get into a relationship throws a spanner in the works.
When Ty suggests a no-strings relationship, this is where the book went downhill for me. While I appreciated Ty being straight with Nadia from the get go, from Nadia’s point of view it was yet another story of the girl saying okay and secretly plotting to convince him to change his mind which frustrated me. There was a strong whiff of insta-love which honestly I can usually get over but when a chick that’s barely known a guy and had maybe two semi-deep conversations with him whispers to herself “We could have been so good together” I’m yelling WOAH there horsey! It just annoyed me how over-wrought it made the relationship. It was also a bit jarring how there were these utterly romantic moments intermingled with really crude sex talk which made the whole reading experience a bit uneven.
There was also the fact that practically nothing happens in the book, it’s pages and pages of Nadia going to work, drinking tea with Ty, them meeting in his apartment, then more going to work, it got a little monotonous. I did love the secondary characters however and am eager to find out more about them in the subsequent books.
Despite my issues, there was a lot I admired about the book.
There’s a real focus on going for what you want, not being afraid to admit you’re drowning and need help and most importantly how it’s okay to walk the different path, to not fit people’s expectations of what you should be doing and pursuing what makes you happy. Overall a good read but definitely in the “like” not “love” category.