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I Want It That Way

(2B Trilogy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,052 ratings  ·  575 reviews
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….

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Wendy Darling
Warning: adding this book to your TBR will result in the BSB running constantly through your head! heeeee.
Ash Wednesday
Not all love stories end happily. Sometimes they just end.

I’m a little confused right now so bear with me as I try to process this book.

This is my first Ann Aguirre book. I’ve first heard of her Razorland series and while that seems to be widely loved by my friends, it’s not named after a Backstreet Boys song so… New Adult it is and hello Ann Aguirre, it’s nice to meet you.

On the one hand, this book managed to avoid a lot of the tropes and pitfalls I’ve come to hate about New Adul
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it

Title: I Want It That Way
Series: 2B #1
Author: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I Want It That Way is a story about Nadia, college student that finally moved out with her friends from campus to nice neighbourhood; that’s where she meets Ty, who happens to be living in apartment above her. He’s handsome, young man that quickly caught her eye. He’s also a single parent raising his four year old son, Sam.

In a matter
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre
Book One of the 2B series
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this book contains mature subject matter, and is for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

It’s so hard to describe this book because, while it isn’t particularly special and will probably not blow your mind away, it’s also a fantastic read and something that combines youthfulness, young love and the difficulties one faces when you have to grow up, and it is done in such a fresh manner. There is something great when a book manages to merge those elements together--and I Want it That Way is that kind of great.

The new adult demogra
Apr 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
This is a romance trilogy written by Ann Aguirre. EACH OF THE TITLES IS A BACKSTREET BOYS SONG. No April Fool's joke.

I Want it that Way
As Long As You Love Me
The Shape of my Heart

I am confused, especially because I'll most likely end up reading them all.
This is truly an example of a New Adult book done right.

This book did not make me roll my eyes, or make me cringe at insta-luv, or have a ridiculous love triangle. Instead, we are treated to a remarkably normal couple who are working hard to put themselves through school. Both have strong goals, and both work so much it's hard to believe that they even have the time and energy to have a romantic relationship. There's Nadia, who lives with three roommates, works in a daycare and goes to school fu
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Aguirre's I Want it That Way is a relatively unexceptional piece of literature. It isn't the New Adult Series I'd recommend on a whim but, an important distinction to note is that I also wouldn't warn away from it. For me, it seems to be a new milestone in New Adult literature when I can find a novel that steers clear of slut-shaming, misogyny, rape, or other over-used tropes. Thus, though I hesitate to say it, Aguirre's I Want it That Way belongs to that new milestone of New Adult; not remarkab ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I know that most of you know Ann Aguirre because of her dystopian novels (which I haven't read yet, by the way) and that most of her readers are doubtful about Ann writing contemporary romance, new adult romance - but since I am in the mood for new adult and more realistic stories, this was a great choice for me.

Let's talk about that title! I am guessing that younger generation doesn't know or has vague knowledge about very popular boy band from the end of the nineties, Backstreet Boy
Sep 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
I might be late to the party, but did Ann Aguirre intentionally name all of the books in this series after boy band songs?

You know how hard it is for me to get songs stuck OUT of my head? Thanks man! =/

"Ain't nothin' but a heartache..."

Dangnabit. >_____<
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
I really loved this!

Nadia Conrad is incredibly busy with college and working at a daycare. When she moves into a new apartment with her friends she meets Ty, an intriguing and handsome guy that lives right below her. Nadia soon finds out Ty is a single dad raising his four year old son, Sam, by himself.

While Nadia’s falling for Ty, he is unsure and tries to avoid real commitment. He believes his only commitment can be to Sam and his studies so he can make a life for his family.

I have read Ann
2.5 stars

Not a bad book and not a good one either. I Want It That Way felt contrived even though I have not read many books of its genre: I could discern its repetitive nature from the "handsome guy with a mysterious and dark past" and the "playful yet melodramatic relationship" tropes from miles away. I wanted more depth from Nadia and Ty, aside from their instant attraction and the problems given to them by Ann Aguirre. For example, here's a passage on page 44 - one of their first encounters -
Sharon Mariampillai
May 2019 4 Star Review

This was an enjoyable read. The story is about the romance between Nadia and Ty. Nadia is a great character. She is smart, never gives up, and tries really hard in everything she does. Ty is an interesting character. I had to take some times to understand him as a character, and his decisions. The story was well-written, and I thought their love story was interesting and I thought it was enjoyable to see. It is not my all-time favourite New Adult Contemporary book, but it
Marla Mei
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 stars? 2.5?

I Want It That Way. Oh, what an enticing title. I admit, the title was what made me read the book. But I wouldn't deny that I also got a little bit excited to read this. Come on! Plenty of positive reviews. Add the fact that most of my friends here love Ann Aguirre.

But see.. here's the thing. Looks can be deceiving, eh? Or should I say, titles? Whatever. The main point is that I didn't like this book the way I expected I would. I hate that it was only at about the 80% mark where th
Sheryl C. Nash
Jul 02, 2014 marked it as to-read

OMG!!!! The titles to all 3 books in this series are Backstreet Boys songs!!!!! <3 LOVE IT!!! (I was born in 1980 peeps, my teenage years were spent obsessing over them and singing their songs!!!!)

Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a heartache
Tell me why
Ain't nothin' but a mistake
Tell me why
I never wanna hear you say
I want it that way

Sorry! I couldn't resist throwing that in *SMIRK*
Move along. Nothing new to see here.
Picture me with a couple tears in my eyes and a ginormous grin on my face, hugging this book to my chest. Because after finishing it, that's pretty much what's happening. <3

Review to come soon.


Review time!

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I've been sitting on my review for Ann Aguirre's I Want It That Way for months because I just have no idea what to say that will do it any justice. To say I loved this book would be a gross understatement. I don't think I've stopped
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked 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 I

I’ll be honest. I’ve had this book on my bookshelf for a couple of years now and I wasn’t really sure I wanted to read it. The New Adult titles of late have been a little underwhelming for me, so I worried that would follow me to this book. But since this is written by an author I typically enjoy, I thought I would give it a shot.

Aguirre isn’t a stranger to writing in first person. She does it quite a lot in her UF and YA titles, but this one felt different to me. It’s a little more laid ba
Natasha (books_n_dreams)
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5

So this book was very, very cute I really enjoyed all the little interactions between the two characters, Nadia and Ty. The pace is this book was quite perfect to be honest. I loved how things flowed easily and then how things progressed but even more so I love how Ty kept trying to deny himself.

In this book Nadia is such an amazing female character, she has a strong head on her shoulders, she doesn’t give up, she goes above and beyond when it comes to things. She really is a good pers
I'm not gonna lie, one of the main reasons I wanted to read this series was because of the titles. I am a HUGE BSB fan and these titles just amused the hell out of me. Did the book live up to it's title? Not completely, but it was still enjoyable.

Nadia is a hard-working college student on the fast track to getting her special education teaching credentials when she moves upstairs from single father, Ty. She's instantly drawn to him, but something about his personality says 'stay away'. It isn't
This is first book by Ann Aguirre I have read. I can already see friends, who recommended me speculative fiction novels by Ann Aguirre, taking a swing at my head. Probably with a some hardback, because they always keep them close for emergencies. In my defense I can say that it was on NetGalley, it had shiny pretty cover and contemporary romances are perfect reads for the summer. Who could have resisted?

As soon as I finished reading the first paragraph of I Want It That Way, Naida and I were BFF
Nasty Lady MJ
Jan 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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I want it that way….

I couldn’t find one with The Backstreet Boys so this is going to have to suffice.

Okay, imagine badly bleached hair. Guys who shouldn’t be drooled over (but are). And you have the late 90’s. I love the title of this New Adult series. It’s so nostalgic and fun and…that’s about all the nice things I have to say about it.

I am really skeptical about reading New Adult these days, because it’s a genre that just doesn’t work for me. No matter how ma
I love my contemporary reads, something cute and fluffy when I’ve had a crap day it’s always known to bring a smile to my face. But you know when you’re just in the mood for something a bit more hot? I really didn’t know where to begin, I’m not normally a fan of a lot of NA books, I need books to offer me something different, so when I first read Aguirre was writing an NA series, I was intrigued and to be honest it was just what I was in the mood for.

Nadia’s just moved into an apartment with her
andrea have sassy books to read

i cant say with words HOW much i LOVE this book it was
it just beyond words

i was so completely into it, first we have
jesus she was such a cute thing, and she was dealing like us with LIFE and the obvious question that this have, but she was strong and sure of herself so she can hand pretty much everything and i had such and admiration for her she was in college and she had an apartment with her friends, she work and she was so pas
Danielle (Love at First Page)
New Adult is certainly looking up. Or maybe I've been more willing to give it a chance? Whatever the case, there have been several NA books added to my favorites list this year, and I'm optimistic about some of the directions it's heading in. Sure, I've been a fan of heavier, even angsty, books in the past - Easy by Tammara Webber and The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay come immediately to mind - but I'm excited that lighter ones are becoming more popular as well. I fell in love with the firs ...more
I bounced between 3 and 4 stars for most of this book, but the ending left me happy, so four stars! A good ending counts for so much with me.

Anyway, this did have rough spots for me. The biggest was that I didn't really buy the insta-connection between the characters. It wasn't insta-love, but they were significantly into each other way too quickly for my tastes, especially given Ty's reluctance to get involved with anyone.

And that second part was the other big rough spot for me. I intellectuall
Harlequin Books
"Aguirre’s latest novel fairly seethes with heat and emotion. Her story of romance is intense and riveting. Readers will enjoy watching love bloom between these two characters and eagerly anticipate the next book" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

I Want it That Way trilogy starter
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
This was a pretty cute read. Nadia is a hard worker and so cute with the kids, especially Sam. Ty has totally isolated himself while he's working, going to school, and taking care of his son. He's a good dad, but could use another adult around to help with Sam and to love. They were a good couple and the romance scenes were pretty steamy! Ty needed some time to get over the mother of his child abandoning them and Nadia was willing to fight for their love. I also liked Nadia's friends and their d ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her family. She writes all kinds of genre fiction, but she has an eternal soft spot for a happily ever after.

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