Series: 2B Trilogy #2
Published by Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: I Want It That Way
Also by this author: I Want It That Way
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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother.
Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He's the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever—until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.
Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.
“Can we stay like this for a bit longer?” “As long as you want,” he promised. “I’m not going anywhere.” And like an idiot, I believed him.”
Each book in this trilogy just keeps getting better and better! After reading I Want It That Way I have been waiting on bated breath for Lauren’s book. When you first meet Lauren in IWITW she kinda comes off as a hot mess. While I wasn’t immediately warmed up to her from the get-go, I was most definitely intrigued. Especially once it was revealed that Lauren has harbored an unrequited love towards Nadia’s brother, Rob. I am a sucker for stories where the heroine has feelings for her best friend’s sibling. There is so much that could go wrong but some many things that can go right.
“Now I can say what I’ve wanted to for years, Lauren Barrett…get in my fucking bed.”
While Lauren and Rob have known each other forever it isn’t until Lauren’s return to Nebraska that they truly become friends instead of mere acquaintances. Lauren starts helping Rob restore his home, a hobby in which Rob is very skilled at. I enjoyed the time they spent prior to the romance blossoming because you really get a feel for what kind of guy Rob is. Rob broke my heart with his insecurities. He is treated like man-candy and not much else. Despite everyone looking at him like he was only worthy because of his looks and not for what he has to offer, Lauren sees how smart and capable he is and really starts falling hard. As their relationship progresses you really get a feel for how well they work as a couple. I love how well they compliment one another.
Hope opened like the first blooms of spring. While leaves might be dying all around us, falling off the trees, winter never lasted forever.
As much as I liked the first book in the trilogy, As Long As You Love Me had the emotion and depth that I was missing from the first. I had only one slight issue. It wasn’t enough to make me question Lauren as a character but I found it more or less something I could have done without. View Spoiler »Lauren is being creeped on by her boss at work and in an effort to get him to leave her alone she pretends to be pregnant and later on claims she miscarriages. It wasn’t that I took offense to what she did but it felt cowardly to use such a serious and devastating situation to her advantage. « Hide Spoiler Despite that issue I still enjoyed this story. It was funny and sweet and had the right amount of angst and passion. Ann Aguirre has really come out as a promising voice in the New Adult genre and I’m even more excited for Max’s book, The Shape of My Heart!