Date of Publishing: September 8th, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★
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.
First things first: I’ve sung this title (Backstreet Boys, not JB, ugh) every time I read it. EVERY. FUCKING. TIME.
It was hilariously annoying. Or annoyingly hilarious.
The 2B trilogy is exactly that. A trilogy. And so—obviously—I’m starting from the middle. And guess what?
I’m gonna complete this one.
Lauren Barrett has had a major crush on her best friend’s (Nadia Conrad) older brother (Rob Conrad) for yeaarrss. She’s watched him from afar, drooled, and then accepted that all he’ll probably see her as is another younger sister.
And honestly, haven’t all of us been there?
And so Lauren goes to college. And realizes that while she knows what she wants, college isn’t it. And yet, for her friend, Lauren goes through the motions—all the while battling her fears of crowds and public speaking.
Finally, a life-changing incident later, she returns home; home being Sharon, Nebraska. And guess whom she meets?
That’s right. Rob fucking Conrad. He’s just as hot as she remembered—if not more—and he’s into construction. I believe there was actually a line in the book where she appreciates that his muscles come from physical labor, and not gyms.
And that’s when I knew I was going to love this woman.
But Rob isn’t as sorted as Lauren might think. Sure, he has the trophy girlfriend and a pretty face, but this might be the first book I’ve read that deals with the issue Rob had.
A good-for-nothing-except-a-visual-delight complex.
And the thing is, shallow as I might be, I’ve never even considered that people—men, in particular—might be dealing with this. And I’m ashamed to admit the fact, that in the beginning of As Long As You Love Me, I couldn’t understand why Rob would have this issue at all. But I guess you’ll have to read the book to understand.
And fortunately, I get it now.
Coming back to Lauren…I liked this girl. She’s organized, tech-savvy (which I adore about her) and she’s also kind of badass. She’s got the right amount of zest without being impolite but she’s also street smart and knows how to get what she wants. She has a few issues, but who doesn’t?
And Rob was completely unexpected. I’d pictured him to be the guy who was…you know, alpha. Dominating. His uncertainty was definitely endearing. And he’s the kind of person that you can’t help but love.
And then there are the women of the book. Avery, Jillian, Nadia and Krista. All of them were awesome. All of them were melodramatic. And all of them had character. Personality. A unique voice. A distinctive story to tell.
And hopefully – a separate book for them each. (Miss Aguire are you listening?! This was for you to see. The world needs more Avery. And Krista. And Jillian. But mostly Avery.)
There was also drama. In all honesty, it was the drama that put me off the book. Not too bad but a bit much, you feel me? People like drama. I don’t. That’s all. This is an honest to God It’s-ME-Not-YOU kind of a scenario. Meh.
And if you’re like me, then remember that the women in the book are seriously awesome and they provided just enough fluff from turning this entire shiz into a full-on sob-fest.
Overall, while I felt like the story line dragged in some places, it wasn’t too bad. Again, I liked both the main characters so there wasn’t too much I can complain about. As Long As You Love Me, I believe, is a story about you, learning to love yourself. Accepting that not everything the world says about you is true, but what matters most is what you say about yourself. Miss Aguire has created one of the most adorable (and fuck hot) male leads and a female heroine with a frikkin spine of her own! (Which is something we love around these parts)
The first book in this series is I Want it That Way and the next book in the series is The Shape of my Heart. Well fuck me, if I didn’t sing these two titles aloud, too.
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The Shape Of My Heart (11/25/14)
Read the First Chapter of As Long As You Love Me HERE!
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.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*