I Want It That Way [2B Trilogy, #1] by Ann Aguirre

Harlequin | ARC, 343 pages
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Contemporary Romance
Rating 2 out of 5 Stars

Listen, I’m not a fan of Backstreet Boys, never in their prime, definitely not now when they’re staging a comeback. So, why did I think this book would be good knowing that it’s a part of a series named after songs of said boy band? Well, I wanted to keep an open mind. I didn’t want my dislike for BSB to cloud my judgement over this book. Besides, I met Ms. Aguirre. She’s a super nice lady. It’s too bad I can’t make niceties with her book, however.

This is a story about a single dad who’s had some really awful experience with a woman whom he thought loved him enough to stick around. Especially after giving birth to their son. But since she wasn’t built to be a mother, she took off. Single dad, then decides that relationships are just too much work for him and his son. So he squashed any signs of attraction to any woman that comes along. He wasn’t prepared to run into Nadia, however.

Nadia is a woman determined to overcome Ty’s misgivings about relationships. In the meantime, she’ll bide her time and take his offer of friendship. They didn’t count on their innate attraction towards each other to be so all-encompassing. They tried, though. And when they finally give in, it’s like an explosion that was too bright, but was spent fast.

There wasn’t much conflict here, to be honest. Ty’s back and forth about Nadia was borderline boring. There wasn’t much substance to the characters either, and Nadia fell too fast for Ty. Sometimes, instant-lust is okay. But the thing is, I couldn’t find anything remotely attractive, personality-wise, about Ty. I didn’t get it. I do like how close to the characterization Ms. Aguirre was for a single dad who works full time and who goes to school part time. I felt ever exhaustion in his bones, and imagined every tired lines mapping his face.

Despite my lacklustre reaction to this book, I want to believe the rest will be at least good. After all, this is Ann Aguirre we’re talking about. I’m hopeful that the brilliance she’d shown in Urban Fantasy would somehow bleed into her contemporary romance stint. However, as the rest of the books share titular rights to BSB songs, my expectations aren’t very high. I guess that could be a good thing.