Oct 9, 2014

Blog Tour: As Long As You Love Me by @MsAnnAguirre

As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre
(2B Trilogy, #2)
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN; 352 pages
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.

I was excited to read this book because I knew, I just KNEW there was so much more to Rob than what everyone else saw. He was portrayed as your typical good looking jock who lacked brain cells, ya know how it is but us smart girls knew this wasn't true. I mean, the good looking part was seriously true and the fact he was really good at sports. Just because you don't know a lot of big words certainly doesn't make you stupid, if that were the case, I'd be in that category, as well. Vocabulary (along with grammar) was always my weakness in school. I just couldn't do it.

I was a little hesitant about reading from Lauren's point of view, though. Not that I didn't like her but she was probably my least favorite of all the roommates and after finishing it, I think that still stands. I like her but she got on my nerves quite a bit. However, putting that aside, she was very relate-able, for me. She has a lot of social anxiety issues, and I have them, too, just not as extreme. I'm very sociably awkward the first few times you might be around me. Ask anyone I'm friends with. However, once I'm comfortable around you, I become a completely different person. Once I trust you enough to open up, the fear goes away. I've never had a full blown anxiety attack before because of social situations, so, like I said, not as extreme. The fact that I can relate to her so well, on this level, made me want to love her.

She's a good person and she has a great heart but I just don't know. There was something about her that just didn't mesh well with me but the sad thing is, I can't put my finger on exactly what that is. I love how great of a person she is and how she reached out to the most unsuspecting people. Her heart is in the right place and she now feels a lot more comfortable being back home and away from a school where she just didn't feel like she belonged.

I loved loved LOVED the whole flipping the house concept of this book. I watch a lot of HGTV and I'm obsessed with things like that so it made me giddy reading about their adventures in remodeling the house Rob bought. This was most definitely my favorite aspect of this book. I sat here just envisioning everything. I would totally watch Rob build.

I enjoyed how this story overlapped with Nadia's story in I Want It That Way. It made rethink to what happened at this time with her and where she was with Mr. Hot Ginger. While I'm happy that Rob and Lauren are striving toward their happily ever after, I was really hoping for a Lauren / Max relationship from the first book. I know, I should've read the descriptions of the books and I would've never had that dream but there you have it, I did.

The growth you see in not just Lauren but also Rob is astonishing. You look at them in the beginning of the book and them at the end of the book and sometimes, they don't even appear to be the same person. All their growth was in the right direction and overall, I am very, very happy with this book.

Now, give me The Shape of Your Heart because I NEED Max, pronto.

Thank you so much to InkSlinger PR for allowing me to be a part of this tour, again. I truly appreciate all you do! Thank you to Harlequin for the opportunity to read and review this book, honestly. Also, a big thank you to Ann Aguirre (and her assistant) for sending me a physical copy to read and review, honestly. <3

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.


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As Long As You Love Me Blog Tour

October 1
Cocktails and Books-Review Only
Flirty Fiction Blog-Review Only
Inked in Chapters-Review Only
Becca the Bibliophile-Review Only
Closet Geeks and Slow Mo-Review Only
Love. Life. Read.-Review Only
The Books You Read-Review Only
Breathless Ink-Review Only
Movies Shows N Books-Excerpt

October 2
My Book Muse-Review Only
FicWishes-Review Only
Typical Distractions-Review Only
Addicted Souls-Review Only
Book Drunk Blog-Review Only
Gabic Reads-Review Only
Phishbowls Bookshelf-Review Only
Bumbles and Fairy Tales-Review Only
In Between the Pages-Character Interview
The Cover Contessa-Excerpt

October 3
Katie’s Book Blog-Review Only
K.R. Grace-Review Only
Avid Reader Musings-Review Only
Love Us Some Books-Review Only
Book Crushin-Review Only
FMR Book Grind-Review Only
Tarheel Bibliobabe-Review Only
Bitter Sweet Love-Review Only
A Dream Within A Dream-Excerpt
LeAnn’s Book Reviews-Author Interview

October 4

October 5
Barbara Book Reviews-Review Only
A Cup of Tea & A Big Book-Review Only
Sassy Divas Book Blog-Review Only
BFF Book Blog-Review Only
Deluged with Books Café-Review Only
Rumpled Sheets Blog-Review Only
The Revolving Bookcase-Review Only
Becky’s Book Bytes-Review Only
Dirty Girl Romance-Dreamcast

October 6
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review Only
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf-Review Only
Bookish Things and More-Review Only
Becky on Books-Review Only
Books Need TLC-Review Only
Making It Happen-Review Only
Seeing Night Reviews-Review Only
Bibliolatry Me-Review Only
Best Book Boyfriends-Excerpt
Lulo Fangirl-Excerpt

October 7

October 8
Travels N Reads-Review Only
Zili in the Sky-Review Only
True Story Book Blog-Review Only
Book Briefs-Review Only
Book Lit Love-Review Only
Imagine A World-Review Only
Nightwolf Book Blog-Review Only
Bows and Bullets-Excerpt

October 9
Girls With Books-Review Only
Summer’s Book Blog-Review Only
Sexy Bibliophiles-Review Only
Book Bumblings-Review Only
Fire & Ice Book Reviews-Review Only
Love Affair With Fiction-Review Only
Step Into Fiction-Review Only
Coffee and Characters-Author Interview
Southern Babes Book Blog-Excerpt

October 10

1 comment:

  1. This one does sound like a great NA read. I know people were a little on the fence with the first book but it sounds like it has great character growth and romance so I want to give it a try.
    Thanks for the great review!


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