Series: 2B Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin
Published on August 26th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
As everyone knows, I am not the biggest fan of the NA Contemporary Romance genre. Not to say that all are bad; I think there have been some good ones here and there that I’ve come upon– but I typically have to go through many just to find that “diamond in the rough”.
Often times, I’d come across a book on goodreads that had a gorgeous cover, an awesome premise/blurb, and stellar reviews. (Cue excitement!)
However when I go to read it:
Basically, I’m a hard sell for this genre as a whole.
That being said, when I heard that Ann Aguirre was writing a NA contemp series that had BSB songs for titles, my grabby hands were in full effect.
When I was at BEA in May, I had an opportunity to get the aforementioned grabby hands upon an ARC, and I am so glad I did.
I didn’t read the synopsis, and I didn’t look at other reviews, I just flew in blind.
I think it’s safe to say that this book has restored what little faith I had in the New Adult genre.
This book was told from the heroine Nadia’s POV, and I loved her voice. I love love loved the fact that she was a daycare teacher (a woman after my own heart)! Getting to see her interactions with the little ones in the book also warmed my heart! Her character grew throughout the book, but she grew while staying true to herself. Nadia’s voice stayed consistent and genuine in this story, which made me enjoy this book even more. Female characters usually make or break a novel in my eyes– and Nadia definitely MADE this one for me. Nadia was driven, level-headed, respectable, and enticing. She added a dynamic to this story that kept me compelled to keep turning the page.
Now, it wasn’t only about just Nadia. Let’s talk about Ty…
For real. In the first chapter, Nadia’s description of Ty made add him to my growing list of Book Boyfriends:
“He had auburn hair, brown eyes and a strong jaw dusted with gold scruff. I’d always had a soft spot for gingers, probably a result of growing up on Harry Potter Movies. He was also tall and lean with a sculpted, ascetic face, like an austere warrior who would be at home on the pro of a ship. Okay, it was possible I’d watched too many episodes of Vikings this week.“
Dude. WHAT? 1.) A Harry Potter AND a Vikings reference on the same page? and 2.) GINGER!
Somebody punch my ticket, cause I’m ON BOARD THAT TRAIN!
Ty was an alluring yet mercurial character; I found myself constantly wanting to get to know more about him. His character was had a tortured past of sorts, but his story was written well in my eyes. The correlation between Ty’s past & present made sense, and was understandable. His character truly evolved, and I loved seeing him overcome his insecurities, thanks to Nadia.
But, that wasn’t without a lot of bumps in the road that led to some pretty emotion-driven moments…
This story was about love and loss, and the the paths we sometimes take to help the heart recover. This book has a little bit of everything: romance, humor, snark, sexy times, and FEELS. This was enjoyable to read, and the writing was spot on. Every character was interesting in their own right, and I know that the next 2 books will be just as entertaining to read.
So basically, I loved this book hard. I wish that all NA Contemp novels were this entertaining and pleasurable to read!
And if anyone was interested, YES
P.S., YES, I had this song stuck in my head the whole time I was reading it…
I didn’t mind it at all!
As we stepped out of the restaurant, he wrapped an arm around my shoulders, and I slid mine around his waist. Our steps matched naturally, easily, on the way to the car.
The air was crisp, cold enough that I could see my breath, and the stars shone like chips of ice overhead. Ty opened my door then jogged around to his side. I love you, I thought silently. You are so fucking wonderful. I watched his profile as he drove, wishing that we could have more of this. But hey, one weekend a month was better than nothing, right? And the rest of the time I’d concentrate on work and classes.
This is actually better than a relationship that would suck up my time.
As promised, we watched the double feature of Brick and Groundhog Day. I loved his choice, and he seemed to like mine. By eleven, he was kissing my neck and hinting that he’d like to go to bed. I didn’t require much persuasion. Upstairs, I could hear my roommates tromping around as I got naked and crawled in Ty’s bed.
On a whim, I asked, “Can you tell us apart?”
He raised a brow. “Excuse me?”
“When we’re moving around upstairs.”
Ty didn’t seem to want to answer, so I tickled him until he admitted, “No idea about the others, but I always know when it’s you.”
“A guy has a right to his secrets.” He kissed me as if to make up for refusing to answer, but there was no way I’d accept defeat so easily.
“Come on, tell me. I once pestered my mother for four hours. Believe me, I can go all night, and that’s not how you want me to direct my stamina.”
“You won’t believe me. Or you’ll think it’s cheesy.”
“Try me.” I kissed his ear like a dirty cheater.
His breath caught. “Fine. I just feel you, that’s all. If you’re anywhere nearby, I know it. I can always tell when you’re looking at me, too.”
From past experience, I could verify that, and it took some of the sting out of the name thing from earlier. Quietly glowing, I said, “I hope you’re not too tired.”
Ty gave me the most devilish smile and pushed me back. “Not remotely. I have some catching up to do.”