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I Belong


Review: As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

As Long As You Love MeTitle: As Long As You Love Me

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: 2B (Book #2)

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Format: Paperback, 332 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373779844 (Harlequin)

ISBN-13: 978-0373779840 (Harlequin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But 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’s the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever—until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.

Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.

Quick & Dirty: A steamy sequel with even more feels than the first one!

Opening Sentence: “It would be hard to argue with anyone who called me a failure.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Whew! Where can I even begin. When I saw this on my review list I picked up the first one because I usually try to read a series in order, (I don’t always have the time to do catch up on a large series, but if one or two books are out before the one I have to review, I will read the series from the beginning) I really loved it! That being said, this one was my favorite so far… I mean seriously, Lauren was so freaking likeable and totally great! Rob was like the perfect book boyfriend, and well the perfect guy in general. If you remember his sister Nadia is the focus of book one, and this book actually parallel each other. Lauren fails out and leaves not too long into the first book. As Long As You Love Me picks up literally where she leaves off in book one.

Lauren comes home feeling like a failure, and she is struggling to admit to herself why she let everything turn into an epic failure. She runs into Rob and then ends up hanging out despite the fact that he is dating Avery. They really begin to get to know each other in spite of the major crush Lauren has had on him since she was 14. When a friend of Avery gossips that Rob is cheating on Avery with Lauren, Rob breaks up with Avery because of the trust issues (L + R are not cheaters, just so we are all clear). Not long after that Rob and Lauren start to fall into a relationship. Lauren ends up in one of the funniest fights I have ever seen in a book. I am not lying. I laughed out loud, and seriously loved every minute of it, including Avery! In an odd twist the girls actually become fast friends after the altercation!

From there it just gets way too filled with spoilers to tell you more. Suffice to say this book is the best. I loved the friendships, not only between the girls but between Rob and Lauren. It was a major highlight of this book to see such an emphasis on friendship! I can say that I laughed and cried during this book, the feels are there. I really connected with Lauren, I loved her wit, snark and just about everything about her. It was great to see a woman who can realize she is broken, and that is important for people to be successful on their own. I say that because a lot of people can get dependent in relationships, and I think the most successful relationships are between equals and it is important for you to know your demons, and love yourself regardless! That is a huge message and it made me love this book even more.

I thought for sure I would breeze through this book like I had the first one, but I enjoyed it so much that I found myself soaking in every word. You don’t need to have read book one, but it would help you to know who everyone is. I am super excited to read book 3, even though I am fairly sure it just won’t top As Long As you Love Me. If you are looking for an amazing New Adult read then look no further, so far this series has been amazing! Although I do have to admit that I really want more of Rob and Lauren, seriously I could read another book about them.

Notable Scenes:

“There were no running boards, and I was short, almost a full foot smaller than him; before I could clamber up, he set his hands on my waist and lifted, setting me on the passenger seat with a sort of casual strength that stole my breath.”

“He was tentative, and I wondered if he’d always been this unsure of himself.”

“Rob building my bed was likely the closet I’d ever come to having him in it.”

“I siphoned the bitterness out of the thought as he studied my face.”

“Everything was just hidden like a deep, deep well, and then sealed shut with an iron lid.”

“Not the best move when your not-boyfriend might be planning to bludgeon your boss to death.”

2B Series:

1. I Want it That Way

2. As Long As You Love Me

3. The Shape of My Heart

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FTC Advisory: Harlequin provided me with a copy of As Long As You Love Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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