Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Release Day Launch and Review: I Want It That Way


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



My Review!

Every time I see that title, I start humming the popular song by Backstreet Boys. It's just inevitable, really. I think that was the hook that made me add the book to my TBR. Don't judge me, okay. I love the Backstreet Boys. But I didn't fall totally in love with I Want It That Way like I thought I would.

Rating: 3 Stars!

"You are my fire, the one desire..." 

When Nadia Conrad meets Daniel "Ty" Tyler, she immediately crushes on him. I mean, who wouldn't? He's sexy, knows responsibility, and is a great father to his little boy, Sam. And since she loves kids, that's like kryptonite to her, basically her one weakness. So Nadia pines away thinking about him, and they start this tentative friendship of late-night balcony talks and looks full of longing and desire in the apartment and day-care center where they see each other all the time. But Ty won't date. He's been burned before, and he has a kid to think about. He basically tells her that he can't do more than sex. And she jumps at the chance, because she can't fathom not having anything to do with Ty. So she'll take what she can get, thinking she can keep her emotions out of it. But we all know how that works out, don't we?

I liked the characters, but I didn't love them. And it's not because of their personalities; it's because I just didn't have strong feelings toward them, good or bad. They don't really pop off the pages with bright personalities. Nadia is a hard-worker who cares a lot about her grades and her future. She loves kids but still has uncertainties about her future in special education. She's just a college student who is trying to make her dreams come true. Ty is also a hard-worker, and reserved, and still lets his past rule his future. He needed to learn that opening up to love was worth the pain and potential heartbreak.

They had some serious chemistry together, and I liked that their relationship stayed true to who they both were. However, it didn't feel deep to me at all. They don't have many meaningful conversations, but they do have a lot of sex. But emotions neither of them think they want push between them. It leads to nerves and lukewarm friendship to a separation that spans like six months to moving in together at the end. However, I didn't necessarily believe that what they had was a happily-ever-after, especially since Nadia jumped on the love train kind of fast.

I kind of got bored with the uneventful plot. I really enjoyed it in the beginning, but then I started wishing something exciting would happen. There were quite a few comedic moments with Nadia and her roommates. I loved it when the secondary characters were together! But I did not like the timeline that this book had. I grew frustrated when Ty and Nadia were on their "separation" from each other. It just felt like it was prolonging the story and making the reader "feel" the heartache that Nadia goes through without Ty. But again, I didn't think their relationship had much depth, so it just felt unnecessary. And they worked through everything pretty fast.

Aside from the negative, I did enjoy this book! And now I have the Backstreet Boys song stuck in my head.. Thank you, Ann Aguirre.


“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?”
“Play along.”
“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. Iwanted 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.”


About Ann Aguirre:
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.



  1. I really, really enjoyed this book. I think part of it was because of the lack of drama - which is so refreshing to have in NA - but I remember thinking that a lot of readers will probably get bored. I really wished there had been more resolution about Ty's ex - was he fully over her/his guilt? I'm surprised Nadia never flat out asks him! That's something that would definitely bother me in a relationship.

    Great review, Holly!

    1. Thank you, Danielle!! :) I liked the book! And I did like the fact that it wasn't filled with drama, but I was still bored with the plot. I was actually hoping that Sam would become a problem for them. I thought it would happen, where he'd walk in on them kissing or in bed. And then Ty would freak out, having to explain to his kid and he'd end the relationship because he was scared. (I was expecting something like that, so kudos to the author for not doing that, I guess). But I really wanted some more resolution, as well, especially with Ty and his past. I would have asked him about that too! I just felt like they worked through everything incredibly fast.


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