Thursday, October 2, 2014

Where Are You Going - My Review of AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME by Ann Aguirre

Title: As Long As You Love Me
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 9/302014


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.

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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.


Once again, Ann Aguirre has delivered and entertaining story filled with personal growth, friendship, and sensuality.  We met Lauren and Rob in I Want It That Way and while Lauren's feelings about Rob were briefly touched on, in As Long As You Love Me we get to explore the depth and strength of those feelings.

Rob was completely opposite of your typical New Adult hero. And I think I liked him better for it. On the surface Rob seemed to be a steady, reliable kind of guy.  Underneath his mask, is a roiling mass of insecurity that has been compounded by years of perceived failures and a seemingly perfect sister.  Adding bruises to his tender ego is a girlfriend who is constantly reminding him of what he can do to 'better' himself.

Lauren has her own social issues, which were alluded to but were never fully revealed in I Want It That Way. She suffers greatly from social anxiety and often becomes paralyzed in crowds. Despite her years of yearning for Rob, Lauren comes home determined to just be a great friend to him.  She soon finds herself striving to make Rob see himself the way she sees him.

Rob and Lauren have many obstacles in their way, his girlfriend, her friendship with his sister, but the biggest obstacles are actually Rob and Lauren themselves.  They each feel inadequate and strongly resist the urge to bring that into a relationship with someone they feel so much for.

The story was not incredibly original or outstanding, but it was a sweet love story that I devoured rather quickly.  If you are a fan of the New Adult genre, you will want to be sure to get all of the books in this series by Ann Aguirre.  They are a great addition to anyone's bookshelves.

3.5 out of 5 stars for me.

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