I Want It That Way
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. 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, 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.
First Sentence: There’s always a meet-cute, right?
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I was extremely excited to start I Want It That Way. Not only is I Want It That Way written by Ann Aguirre, the author who wrote one of the books I really enjoyed, but I Want It That Way also had an unique premise. I’ve never seen a New Adult book that had a single dad as the hero. Adult books, sure, but New Adult? Nope. Before starting I Want It That Way, I was desperately hoping that I Want It That Way would be the book that makes me adore New Adult. That sadly didn’t happen.
The first time I saw Ty, I fell down the stairs and tore my pants.
A superstitious person might call that an omen. He had nothing to do with it, of course; that was just a quirk of timing. (ARC 13)
I Want It That Way started off very strong. It grabbed my attention immediately and I enjoyed reading Nadia’s voice. The beginning of I Want It That Way also gave me high hopes for the book. You can ask any of my friends – they asked me how I Want It That Way was when I was currently reading the first couple of pages and I answered with a very excited “I’m really enjoying this one!”
Then came the part where the attraction between Nadia and Ty started to bloom. From then on, I was bored with the entire book. I was more interested in the minor characters’ (soon to become main characters in the next two books in the series) side-stories than the actual main characters’ story. This feeling lasted right to the very end of the book. Honestly, the only reason why I didn’t DNF I Want It That Way like how I wanted to and forced myself to finish it was because I liked Ann Aguirre’s other books too much not to do so.
“We could’ve been so good together,” I whispered to the night.
Leaving if only behind, I squared my shoulders and went silently inside. (ARC 92)
I think the main reason why I was bored with I Want It That Way, specifically Nadia and Ty’s story, was because the romance developed a little too fast for me. Nadia and Ty’s attraction started off slow, but then it got hot and heavy, fast. From then on, I couldn’t really cheer for them because I just didn’t get their relationship or connected with it. Yeah, sure, I did hope their relationship will last until the very end because I don’t like sad endings, but I wasn’t personally invested in it or anything.
Overall, I Want It That Way was pretty disappointing. I Want It That Way did not turn out to be the book that makes me love New Adult nor did it impress me much in any way. I might read the next two books in the 2B trilogy, especially the sequel to I Want It That Way because I do want to see what happened to a side character, Lauren.