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"A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life-and falling love-can never be planned."
--# 1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on I Want it That Way
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Ann Aguirre is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature. She writes urban fantasy, romantic science fiction, paranormal romance and dystopian young adult fiction.
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In As Long As You Love Me, Lauren has headed home to Nebraska after deciding being away at college just wasn’t the right place for her. Nebraska is home and it’s where she wants to be. She misses her family… and her best friend Nadia’s older brother, Rob. And after getting just a tiny glimpse into the amazingness that was Rob the first time they were face-to-face, I can’t say I blame her. Rob is definitely on my list of favorite book boyfriends of 2014. Rob was hot and sexy – and sick and tired of being treated like that’s ALL he was. He was all man, but vulnerable underneath the tough exterior. He’s always been just a pretty face and a nice body. No one expected him to be anything else – not his family, not his sister, not his friends or girlfriend. Lauren knows there’s more to him than meets the eye and spends time, first as his friend and later as his girlfriend, helping him realize she believes in him.
I could seriously gush endlessly about Rob, but I’ll restrain myself. He was just such a sweet guy and got so little from anyone else in return. I loved the dynamic between him and Lauren. Even when they began hanging out as friends, I knew that wouldn’t be enough for either of them. There was a very clear attraction between them, though Rob did have a girlfriend at the time. And no, this isn’t a cheating story, so don’t fret about that if it’s one of your triggers. Lauren opens Rob’s eyes to a lot of things and is there by his side as he does everything from remodel his home to start a new business building furniture. She was his source of support through rough family times and it made me love them both that much more.
Of course, no romance book would be complete without a little struggle. Rob and Lauren have that. I didn’t love the reason for the strife, but I understood it. I thought perhaps it went on a little too long and took away from [SPOILER ALERT] more time with them together as a couple at the end. Though I watched them grow together through most of the book, I still wanted more time of them post-drama. But, I’m greedy like that. [/SPOILER ALERT]
One of my favorite, non-Rob things about this book was the reappearance of Nadia, Ty and Sam! I was so glad to see them back in the picture and find out that things were going well for them in their new family. They seriously warm my heart. <3
As Long As You Love Me was a great addition to Ann Aguirre’s 2B Trilogy. It was sweet and sexy and made me feel all the feels. I loved the characters and, even with the couple issues I had with the relationship drama and the timing of the ending, it was still a total five-star read for me. I can’t wait to read the third and final book, The Shape of My Heart. It’s Max’s book!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Lauren wasn't my favorite character, so going into this book, I wasn't terribly hopeful. I loved Nadia and Ty from the first book so much that I almost didn't want to leave them behind for Lauren and Rob. But as I got into it, the slower development drew me in. They make a beautiful couple and the fact that they were able to see each other's flaws and help the other grow as a person, and eventually as a couple, was captivating.
I would recommend any of Aguirre's books, and this is no exception!
Nobody’s good all the way to the bone.
Let’s touch on the subject matter at first. This is a small town story, and it’s done exceptionally well. I just loved it – I’m from the capital of a city, so I don’t really know how small towns work, but this reminded me of Gilmore Girls and the setting there. Everyone knows everyone, they gossip, they fight, but in the end, they stand up for each other. I loved the setting so much and the town of Sharon seemed like an interesting community. I enjoyed getting to know all of the side characters, and it was great that everyone got a bit of backstory.
Now for the characters … Rob was awesome.
I really felt him come alive, he was so well-written and his problems seemed genuine. I wish there was a bit more story regarding his family, because I really wanted some redemption and felt like I didn’t get it, unfortunately. Rob himself is just a great guy, and while he isn’t flawless, he was the type of man I just enjoy reading about. Strong, passionate and caring – what more could a girl want?
Lauren, on the other hand, was quite different.
She was a confusing character for me, and I definitely appreciated the attention on her anxiety issues, but felt like they could be dealt with better … I have anxiety myself and I cope in many ways, but I couldn’t imagine putting up an act for years in order to hide my situation. That bothered me a little, otherwise, she was a sweet, brave girl, albeit a little … underdeveloped, I might say?
And finally, all of the side characters. I can’t forget about Avery. She was the standout character for me, and the story wasn’t even about her. She was strong, brave, fearless. I loved her, and I kinda sorta wish the last book in the 2B Trilogy were about her instead of Courtney. Oh well.
He curled a fist and set it against his chest. “To have a knot here constantly. But the more I talk to you, the looser it gets. Until I can’t feel it anymore, and it’s like I’m taking my first deep breath in a long time.”
The writing style worked well for me, it might not have been very poetic or lyrical, but it was to-the-point, at times heartbreaking, at other occasions beautiful. I loved the scenes between Rob and Lauren, they were so perfect together!
I would recommend this read to lovers of small town settings and perfectly flawed love stories. If you like your heroes to be the girl and guy next door, this is the perfect book for you.
I can’t wait to read the final book in this series. I know it doesn’t have the best ratings on Goodreads, but it honestly impressed me and was such a fun read. I loved it, and I would love some recommendations for more reads by Mrs. Aguirre!
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