Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: As Long as You Love Me by Anne Aguirre

Hey Guys! I know its been a little while since I last blogged. Been trying to get a few things together, and figure out this whole life thing. But now I am back and should have a nice steady run of posts for ya'll. Today I bring you one of my most recently read books, and its another one that pulls at the feels. As promised I bring you book 2 of Ann Aguirre's, 2B Trilogy- As Long As You Love Me. Here is a little about the book and the author.

Book Two of the 2B trilogy
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Source: eARC from NetGalley

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.

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.




My Thoughts:

So After I read the first book in the 2B Trilogy I Want It That Way, and loving it. I knew I had to read the sequel As Long As You Love Me ( an author after my own heart, two books with BSB song titles), and was not very happy that I had to wait for it...haha. Especially when I found out that it was going to be Lauren and Rob's story. There was so much mystery to them that I had to know more.

So  when I got the opportunity to request it on NETGALLEY, I literally jumped with excitement! 

This book starts pretty much where the first book left off, except it picks up after Lauren has left school and is back home. Lauren is definitely not the girl that we all though she was back in Michigan. That eccentric, outgoing, and party loving girl has some secrets of her own.  Those reason are all tied to why she came home.

I have to admit at first I thought that it was going to be all about Rob. And once her and Rob started hanging out together I was like YES! I got this story all figured out. But Lauren did not just come home because of her crush on her Rob Conrad ( a.k.a Nadia/ her best friends brother.) Well it wan't the only reason...haha. 

I absolutely loved this book, everything about it. I loved how most if not all the characters in this story had some sort of flaw and grew throughout the story. If you have read any of my other reviews, growth is a huge thing to me. If there is not a progression of the character, then to me it means nothing. I love more than anything being able to look back to the beginning of the book and see how much they changed and evolved by the end. 

And this book was no exception. When you first meet Rob and Lauren their flaws are practically laying on their shoulders! Rob with his insecurities, never feeling good enough. Then there was Lauren with her anxiety issues and her hidden crush on all things Rob. They balance each other completely. The way they treat each other they are a perfect fit. They were able to push each other to be the best version of themselves. Working through all their issues together. Their relationship is one that is real and believable. It had a natural progression to it. It was not like some books where the main couple is just thrown together for whatever the reason.No, Ann took her time creating a beautiful relationship between these two characters. It was a joy to read and watch happen throughout the book. 

Not only do the main characters have issues but so do the supporting characters as well. I know, Im a sucker for all things broken, and angst. In addition to Rob and Lauren, You have Avery, which her issue are revealed throughout the book. But boy did that girl not have an easy life. Next, you have Krista, who is back home as well. Only she is pregnant and she has a boyfriend in the service. He is actually a really sweet guy, and they are very much in love. Its just hard for Krista not having him around.  But, Im sure you can only imagine being in a small town what people were saying. These three ladies created quite the scandal. 

Lauren even makes a joke to Rob about how everyone thinks that she's pregnant because she is no longer in school and back home. 

Ann Aguirre has a way with weaving a story tomorrow that just pulls at your heart strings. You feel for every character and can not stop routing for them to succeed. Striving for that happily ever after that they deserve.  I loved the story line, the characters, the way it was written, I seriously have no complaints about this book. Reading this made me want a relationship like Rob's and Lauren's.

I give this book a 5 out 5!

Make sure to go and pick up your copy today!

I just know that you are going to love As Long As You Love Me as much as I did! 


Happy Reading!


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