Book Review: I Want It That Way

iwantitI have a really bad habit of picking out books by their titles or covers and not always by what they are about. I obviously picked this one because it shares its title with a Backstreet Boys song. When I first started it, I thought perhaps I need to be a little more selective about the books I was choosing. It seemed to get off to a bit of a slow start. However, I stuck it out and am very glad that I did. About half way through things finally started to pick up and I enjoyed it. Until I got to the end of one part… and then got really, really annoyed (And I’m sure the main character felt the same!) But I continued to stick it out to see how everything would end up : )

The book is about Nadia, a college student who is working on becoming a teacher. She is going to school on scholarship and working at a day-care to help get experience (And some spending money!) She is crushing pretty hard on her downstairs neighbor, Ty. She tells him to enroll his son at the day-care that she works at and he does, and Sam ends up in the class Nadia is helping out in.

It’s pretty obvious Nadia and Ty are in to each other right away, but a past relationship has left Ty vulnerable and he isn’t sure he is ready for a relationship at this time. He is a single dad, works all day and takes night classes and tries to spend as much time as he can with his son Sam, as well.

FINALLY! The two realize that they are into each other and have a lot of chemistry and make some ridiculous “friends with benefits” plan that they can opt out of at any time. Ty doesn’t want Nadia to give up her life for him and Sam so after Sam finds her apartment when he and Ty are sick and he doesn’t know what else to do – Ty thinks that Nadia has started giving up her life for him and calls it off!

WHAT?!

Yeah. So then Nadia is all sad and depressed and on top of that her best friend and roommate is moving back home and Sam is acting out at school because he thinks that Nadia is mad at him. It’s obvious that the two are in love with each other but Ty doesn’t think its the “right time” for love. Can Nadia convince him that love has no timing and end up with them getting back together?

At first I thought there were too many characters in this book – but as the book went on you realized that it could be separated out to Nadia and her coworkers, Nadia and her roommates, Nadia and Ty/Sam and then Nadia’s family. Each had their own little importance to Nadia’s story.

Overall a solid book and a bit of a rollercoaster ride!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book
Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. 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, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in 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.

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