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.
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author 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. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.
I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When I heard Ann Aguirre was writing a New Adult I was incredibly excited. I love her writing and I always get excited when a favorite author tries a new genre.
I Want It That Way, yes I hope you’re singing the BSB song now too… introduces us to Nadia Conrad. Nadia and her three roommates are moving in to apartment 2B but it’s not going to be all fun and parties. She has big dreams and she’s determined to be successful. She’s taking a full class load and working part time and doing a student teaching practicum so she barely has time to relax, let alone date.
Ty, or Daniel Tyler, has his own problems… he works full-time and takes night classes all while being a single father to a 4 year old son, Sam. The arrival of 4 college kids upstairs isn’t his idea of a good thing. But he can’t seem to get Nadia out of his mind, no matter how bad an idea it would be to start any kind of relationship with her.
I love the premise of this and a single father doing everything he can for his son for sure makes me swoon, but for me, this story fell a bit flat.
I never really felt the chemistry between Ty and Nadia that I had hoped for. To be honest, for Nadia, who has never been in a serious relationship, I feel like she dove into her love for Ty a bit too early and with no real basis for her feelings except a few stolen moments together while chatting on a patio. So yeah… insta-love.
I liked the addition of some of the roommate induced drama… it actually provided the better parts of the story for me, and I’m really interested in Max specifically. He is intriguing and I really found his story the most interesting, even though there was only a little bit of it shared here.
Overall, I enjoyed this… it was a quick read, and while it didn’t blow me away, I think If you’re looking for a good start to a new series in the new adult genre this could be it. Aside from continually humming the song that this title is borrowed from, I will definitely be reading book 2 in this series when it arrives.