Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: As Long As You Love Me
Also by this author: As Long As You Love Me
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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.
“The first time I saw Ty, I fell down the stairs and tore my pants. A superstitious person might called that an omen. He had nothing to do with it, of course; that was just a quirk of timing.”
I was excited for I Want It That Way because 1. My friend Stephanie, of No BS Book Reviews, loved it and 2. each book is named after a Backstreet Boy song. While I wasn’t the biggest BSB fan (Nsync baby!) I was eager to check this series out and I’m glad I did. Despite a few hiccups, I really liked I Want It That Way.
“You want me to bare my soul, huh?”
I want you to take your pants off. But I’ll settle for deep, meaningful conversation.
I Want It That Way was funny, sweet, and packs plenty of swoon. My favorite part of this novel was Ty and the devotion and love he has for his son, Sam. A man who is a great dad= instant sexiness. Ty sacrifices so much of his own personal happiness and while that leads to problems with him and Nadia, that just made his character drool-worthy.
“You take another little piece of me every time you open your mouth. You know that, right?”
Ty says these things that literally had my heart racing. It was understandable to see how easy Nadia was falling for him but my problem with that was how fast it happens. I wouldn’t call it insta-love but within just a few conversations both of them came off as too connected too fast. Especially since most of those conversations centered around their mutual attraction to one another.
“I’m afraid if I blink, you’ll be gone. I didn’t think anyone would put up with the rules and limitations that go along with me.”
“You’re worth it.”
The moments of intimacy between Ty and Nadia were charged with sexual tension and longing. They embark on a friends with benefits approach to their relationship and even the foreshadowing that this had bad written all over it, it was relatable. Unlike books like Ugly Love, that show how little the woman receives from this sort of arrangement, the risk of things backfiring was worth the reward of them spending time together.
“I love you, I thought. It wasn’t rockets or fireworks or any of the Hollywood effects I’d been led to expect. Instead, it was crisp air lightly touched by the scent of burning wood, spiced with insatiable longing.”
I Want It That Way is one of the better NA novels I have read of late. I laughed, swooned and ached for Nadia and Ty’s story. I can’t wait for As Long As You Love Me, the second book in this series that follows Nadia’s best friend Lauren, and Nadia’s brother, Rob.