Title: As Long As You Love Me (2B Trilogy #2)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Source: ARC from Publisher
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.
I’m all about the books that share titles with Backstreet Boys songs. I loved the first book in Ann Aguirre’s 2B trilogy when I read it a couple of months ago. And having now read the second book, As Long As You Love Me, I can say that these are some highly enjoyable books.
Lauren Barrett is the only person ever left her small Nebraskan hometown, only to want to come back after having lost her college scholarship. What she’s not willing to admit to anyone though, is that she also came back for Rob Conrad, her longtime crush…and her best friend’s older brother. No one has ever looked past Rob’s good looks. All his life, he’s never been seen as more than a pretty face with muscle, working construction around his small town. But when Lauren shows up in town, stirring up old feelings, Rob realizes that he might be more than everyone has believed him to be. But is that enough for someone like Lauren?
Much like I did in my review of the first book in the series, I would like to take a moment to absolve myself of any responsibility should you end up with any Backstreet Boys song stuck in your head. I am not sorry, though I’m stuck with it in my head too. But that’s not the point. The point is that I really enjoyed Ann Aguirre’s As Long As You Love Me. After finishing the first book in this trilogy, I was lucky enough to be able to tread this one right away. And I got sucked right into this story. Though it could easily be read as a standalone, As Long As You Love Me is the second book in a series. Because of that I already sort of knew the two main characters, making it so that the story could get going pretty fast. And that meant that the romance got started pretty fast. But it didn’t feel rushed or like it all happened too fast because Rob and Lauren had known each other pretty much their wholes lives. That also made it so there was an interesting dynamic between the two and I really enjoyed seeing it change into something more.
I’ll admit that neither Lauren nor Rob made much of an impression on me in the first book even though they were present in the background. But with As Long As You Love Me I got to find out more about them and I loved what I learned. Though people questioned the match, Lauren and Rob were good for each other. Around Rob, Lauren didn’t have to pretend to be more than who she was, she could just be her computer geek self. And Lauren was the first person to see more in Rob, to make him believe in himself because she believed in him. Both of them had a lot of growing to do and they were there to help each other through the process. But of course is wasn’t all easy. Lauren and Rob struggled with their respective lifetimes of insecurities and it hurt me to see them fight because I how good they would be together. They just had to get through it.
Ann Aguirre’s As Long As You Love Me was another great new adult read. Once again, I got sucked into the story and I loved losing myself in it for a few hour.s I can’t wait to read The Shape of My Heart, the final book in the 2B trilogy.