Title: I Want It That Way
Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: 26 Aug 2013
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 have to start by saying that I didn’t fully connect with Nadia in this book; her personality was contradictory in places. I struggled with the first half of the book trying to reconcile aspects of her personality with her actions. The immaturity of her inner thoughts was at odds with the exterior mature, driven Nadia.
Aside from the initial struggle with the contradictions, Nadia grew on me throughout the book. Ann Aguirre’s use of self-reflection as a tool to aid character development helped the bonding experience. Her way with children and her chosen career path require something special within a person, an elusive quality Nadia had in abundance.
At times I felt Nadia could be a little self-absorbed with regards to her friends, it was obvious that there were issues with them yet Nadia kept a distance between herself and aiding her friends that made connecting with her even harder.
I really liked Ty especially his attitude to parenthood. However, his continued self-flagellation regarding the circumstances of parenthood became a little annoying. Competing with the ghost of a prior relationship and the fallout it produced seemed like too much work for too little reward. But hey the heart wants what the heart wants even if it gets smashed to pieces in the process.
The inclusion of kick-ass bands and songs with the narrative added to the enjoyment of the story as a whole. Although I have to say I did get side-tracked a lot in order to investigate the pop culture references I was unfamiliar with 🙂 The bonus being the discovery of some amazing new-to-me bands 🙂
As the relationship between Nadia and Ty unfolded my enjoyment increased. As one of my catch-phrases states – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ROMANCE.
For all the emotional ups and downs experienced throughout the story, the ending rounded everything out beautifully. I especially liked the smooth transition into the opening for the next story.