Series: 2B Trilogy #2
Published by Harlequin HQN on September 30, 2014
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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.
As Long As You Love Me, the second book in the 2B trilogy, cemented my love for Ann Aguirre’s new adult books. I enjoyed I Want It That Way but it seems like nothing compared to my love for As Long As You Love Me.
Rob and Lauren stole my heart from the very first page. I really connected with both of the characters. Rob is a very attractive but not so smart guy. He’s always been looked at as the dumb jock, not just by outsiders but by his whole family. His confidence is nonexistent and he sees himself going nowhere in life. Lauren is really one of the only people who sees potential in him. She is just as messed up as he is though, just in different ways. She has severe social anxiety and it has practically crippled her. She has moved back home from college and Rob is one of the only people in town for her to hang out with. What starts as a sweet friendship quickly develops into something more and the two of them bring out the best in each other. However, things are never smooth sailing so they face many trials, making you wonder if these two are destined for a happy ending or better off on their own.
Rob and Lauren’s flaws are what connected me to them because I could so easily relate to them. Ann Aguirre created characters that readers will easily be able to understand and sympathize with. It doesn’t hurt that Rob is also a dream guy. Lauren’s not too bad herself! She’s got a fabulous sense of humor and the banter between the two of them really just made me smile. I really liked that their relationship was far from perfect but they worked through their issues together. They didn’t keep anything from each other. If Rob did something that bothered Lauren, she let him know, and vice versa. They were very open about things and it was really refreshing. For once I didn’t want to reach into the book and knock some sense into the characters.
The story is far from action-packed but it’s still completely unputdownable. Rob and Lauren are enough to hook readers. I just wanted to know if they’d get their happy ending and if so, how everything would work out. It didn’t hurt that there were cameos from the characters of I Want It That Way. There was also just enough drama to keep things interesting. Things were far from perfect in Sharon, Nebraska and the honesty of the small town setting really added to how much I loved As Long As You Love Me.
Overall, As Long As You Love Me is a wonderful new adult novel that I think fans of the genre will adore. It’s a sweet contemporary story that will leave you with a smile on your face!
What others are saying about As Long As You Love Me:
Fic Fare’s review: “Overall, this series is a wonderful addition to the new adult genre – not as heavy as some of the books you’ll find in this genre, but I really like that we’re getting some that aren’t all angst, angst, angst.”
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace’s review: “Although I liked the first book, As Long As You Love Me is definitely my favourite in the series so far.”
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo’s review: “So I got to admit, when I finished. I did sigh happily.”
About the author:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner 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. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.