New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Yesi
I WANT IT THAT WAY Synopsis:
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, 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 noisy students living in 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.
“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”
—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
I WANT IT THAT WAY on Goodreads
I am huge fan of the New Adult genre. I love reading a good college romance that is filled with fun yet also with struggles along the way. If you are like me and enjoy this genre then I WANT IT THAT WAY is a book that you would mostly enjoy. I was sold on the synopsis…new neighbors, a cute kid, strong attraction, etc… Ann Aguirre gives us a great hero and a great heroine, their personalities made me want to be their friend, and they are extremely likeable. She also gives us some really fun secondary characters who have tons going on in their life as college students…studying, partying, adjustments, and even heartbreak. I think I wanted to love this book more than I actually did. While the setup is really good, the story is just a little too slow building at times. No, I am not a fan of the insta-love, jump in bed within in hours of meeting, but I do want spark and excitement.
Ty is a gorgeous single dad, he only has time for his son, his work, and his studies. When Nadia enters his life, he wants her, bad, but knows it is just not the right time. She wants him just as bad and doesn’t know how to proceed. They can’t seem to stay away from each other so they come to an agreement. Does it work out? Maybe, maybe not. What does happen is that hearts get involved and things don’t turn out as one party, Nadia, would hope. And that is totally okay, I love conflict when there is good reason for it. So here is where my rating started dipping a little…too much time is spent on Nadia’s every day life in her apartment, cooking, going out, watching TV, new roommates, etc…and not enough time is spent Ty AND Nadia. He fades away, not from her mind or heart, but from her life and well, from the book. Things do pick up and the last 10% or so had me back to loving them together but I guess I just wanted more, expected more.
Overall it was a quick, easy read and I do recommend this book if you are a fan of the genre. It is a sweet, sexy, heartfelt college romance. It will make you smile, laugh at times, and it will warm your heart. Who knows, you may LOVE it and I sincerely hope that you do!
“Where are you from?”
Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.
“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”
“I’ve never met anyone from there.”
Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”
“What do you usually do?”
“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.
That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit.Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”
“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”
Wow, that took a dark turn.
If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.
In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.
Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.
I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”
“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.
“You make me…better. Calmer.”
“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.
He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”
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.