I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre | Book Review

Ann Aguirre is a versatile author. I love that she’s not afraid to write in all kinds of different genres. She just kills it too, no matter what genre she tries. I Want It That Way is Aguirre’s first foray into the New Adult genre and the inaugural book of her 2B trilogy. Straight up, I was not entirely sure what to expect going into this book. Maybe some boy band throwbacks and lots of college scenarios. Also adult situations.

I Want It That Way follows student Nadia Conrad who moves to an off campus apartment with her best friend and two male roommates. She is a driven special education major who finds herself falling for her downstairs neighbor, Ty. Only, there’s a slight complication – Ty is a single father and his child is his number one priority. This of course makes sense, but it does present a challenge to Nadia. The two have this growing attraction that can’t really be acted on. Meanwhile, Nadia is also dealing with roommate drama. Her roommate, Lauren, who is also her best friend from home is distant and shutting Nadia out. Furthermore, her other roommates, Max and Angus are dealing with drama of their own as well.

You are going to love Aguirre’s latest book if you are not about those angst ridden new adult books with contrived issues and such. Nadia Conrad’s character is a breath of fresh air. First of all, she is a college student who actually does college related things like homework and studying and projects. She spends a lot of time on her lesson plans. When she’s not doing work for school or in classes, she is busy with her job. I loved that Nadia’s character was driven and actually acted like a college student. She doesn’t have a whole lot of trauma in her past either, which is different from other new adult characters.

I think that if you are the kind of reader who goes in for steamy books with substance, chances are you are going to enjoy I Want It That Way. Ty and Nadia absolutely have chemistry. Their romance develops at a pace that seems realistic and works for the storyline. I liked that this book was sex positive as well. There is no shaming going on here. Nadia is able to ask for what she wants in the bedroom and that’s a good thing, I think.

As for the writing, I had trouble putting this book down. I know that’s cliche, but these days it’s hard for a book to keep me captivated for a long time. Aguirre’s book did, as most of her books do. I recommend this if you’re looking for something in the new adult genre that is not overridden with angst and oh woe is me.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. You’ve done it, I need this book! I’ve always been a lover of roommate books especially if there is mixed genders involved but this one takes it a step further with neighbours and a man with a kid. Hmm, I think this can be very very good. Thanks for the wonderful review!

  2. I 100% agree with what you’ve said about I Want It That Way, April! Wasn’t sure what I was going to think of this one initially, but I’m so glad I read it because I really enjoyed it. I think the romance is really sweet and steamy, but what I like best is that Nadia also has other things going on – and they’re all tackled equally in the novel. Glad you enjoyed this one too!
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