Speed Date with 2B: Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy

Posted 6 November, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Speed Date | 10 Comments

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20945757I Want It That Way (2B #1) by Ann Aguirre
NA Contemporary Romance, 352 pages, paperback
Published Aug. 26, 2014 by Harlequin HQN

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.

Each time I picked up one of these books, I started singing the Backstreet Boys. Now, I wasn’t a 90’s baby (I’m older than that) but I do appreciate a solid pop boy band jam every once in a while. And the song titles really suit this trilogy of books — they’re solid NA jams, not filled with the intense emotional drama and angst of many from that category. As always, Aguirre produces.

The first installment in the 2B trilogy, I WANT IT THAT WAY, features a hard-working girl and a solid guy who meet at a time in their lives when they really need to be focusing on things other than love. But that’s not the way love works, you know? Just because someone has a kid doesn’t mean he (or she) isn’t worth the time and effort. Just because someone has dreams and plans doesn’t mean she (or he) shouldn’t make time for that really good person who crosses her path. I liked both of the characters, though I felt like I needed a little more insight into both of them (especially Ty) in order to really get a good grasp on their romance, which was a little too quick for my liking. I actually missed some of the angst! Crazy, right? A solid three stars.

20945758As Long As You Love Me (2B #2) by Ann Aguirre
NA Contemporary Romance, 352 pages, paperback
Published Sept. 30, 2014 by Harlequin HQN

Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. There are the justifications she gives to everyone else—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. And 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 can’t pinpoint exactly what’s missing until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her. But he’s the guy that women love and leave—not the one who makes them think of forever.

Though she’s terrified of opening up, Lauren’s ready to take that chance. Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

Rob is the kind of guy I’ve always fallen for so I totally get the attraction and why Lauren’s been in lust/love with him for so long. He’s a solidly nice guy, can work with his hands and, well, the hotness factor is through the roof. But he’s stagnating — stuck in a boring relationship and working construction (not exactly what he’d hoped to be doing). And then Lauren, who we met in the first book in this trilogy, comes back home. It’s hard when you’ve crushed on someone for so long and then they see you and you become…friends. But Rob had a girlfriend so I’m happy they didn’t cheat. He did wind up breaking up with her so he could be with Lauren but that helped him break out of his cycle of stagnation as well.

Again, I think I missed the drama. Many of Aguirre’s other books are dark and edgy, with betrayal and more than a hint of danger. Granted, these are love stories but they’re sweet love stories. I like but…just three stars worth still.

21938168The Shape of My Heart (2B #3) by Ann Aguirre
NA Contemporary Romance, 352 pages, paperback
Expected publication: Nov. 25, 2014 by Harlequin HQN

Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney’s social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she’s made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he’s been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it’s time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney’s the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that’s ever been broken, there’s another that can make it complete.

Oh, the reformed rake! This is definitely my favorite of the three. Max is just so naughty! He’s a bad boy (with a marshmallow center, of course), he’s a player…until he finally sees Courtney for who she is and realizes she’s the one for him. After that, he’s gone. Dead. In love forever and ever. Plus, Courtney’s an intriguing character with a bizarre sense of humor. So, reformed rake falls for good friend on a road trip. Yes, please. This one came in at four stars for me.

Can I just add that I’m pretty darned impressed by the number of genres in which Aguirre writes. She’s done SciFi (fabulously), a variety of YA and now NA — all different, all well-executed. Even if these (as a whole) weren’t my favorite of hers, I still enjoyed the entire trilogy.

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10 Responses to “Speed Date with 2B: Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy”

  1. I loved the first book in this series, the lack of angst worked really well for me:) I can see how you would miss some of it, but I get tired of reading NA with my heart in my throat waiting for the moment when everything is going to fall apart. It causes me stress 😉 I didn’t have to do that here and that made me really happy. Definitely need to get caught up on the next two, and I’m glad to see the last book was the best for you!
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  2. I need to read this series, it seems like fun, easy to digest romances. I think the third book is going to be my favorite too, Max sounds like just my type. I can’t believe how many genres Aguirre writes in, she is a total powerhouse!