My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Romance, Contemporary, College
REVIEW:After finishing the first in the 2B Trilogy, I was so curious to see what Lauren aka bestie of Nadia in the pervious book, was going to do now that she left college. Lauren was a character that was so hidden and silently living a life she was no longer happy in, luckily she realized this and left for home. I think this decision was a good one, even though I wish she would of talked to someone about her problem.
As Long As You Love me continues right where the first book left off. Lauren Barrett is now back home in Sharon Nebraska, taking it on day at a time to figure out where she wants to go in her life. The few solid bits she has going is her extremely understanding mother, her best friend Nadia and Nadia’s big brother Rob, who is Lauren’s long time crush. Lauren and Rob start to become close as she helps with some small tasks in his new home construction. She’s his number one support and encourages him to see the good sides of himself. But when Rob starts going in a direction that Lauren might not be able to keep up with, their relationship hits a point that they both with struggle with.
Lauren wasn’t really focused on enough to connect to in the first book. But seriously she won me over in As Long As You Love Me. Lauren was more complex than Nadia, but she had so much potential with her computer talents, fun personality and overall someone you can easily be friends with. She becomes one of my favorites in the series because, she had the spunk and persona to root for people and wish only the best for them. She does this with Rob throughout the book as well as her new friend Avery. It was hard seeing her go through some issues such as anxiety and the possibility of loosing the most important person to her. I definitely rooted for her from beginning to end.
Rob is probably the sweetest, most down to earth guy I have ever read about. Seriously I don’t think this sweet guy could get any better. I adored ever bit of him and hated that he was so hard on himself because of what other people said. He was a football player and all around jock, but a sweet one at that. He was always around watching Nadia and Lauren get into trouble, so it was sweet listening to the stories about their childhood. His connection with Lauren is so hot and heavy but also carries so much heart; they just get each other and seriously have unbelievable connection. He goes through a major change half way through the book and it worried me a bit that his persona would change, but I held on to that hope that he would come out on the winning side.
Overall this was to me so much better than the first book in the series. I think the focus and back-stories were more detailed, with the couple’s history, that it helped put an intensity and excitement to their relationship. I also liked knowing more about Avery, a side character, as well as an ex of Robs and friend of Lauren; she actually surprised me the most. In the end, this was a great story about love, believing in your self, and overall never giving up hope. I look forward to the final chapter in this series and cant wait to see how it all comes together.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a new adult novel with sexual content suited for mature readers 18 and up. Fans of Love, In English by Karina Halle and Be With Me by J. Lynn will love As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre.
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About Ann Aguirre:
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.