My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviews of I Want it That Way and As Long As You Love Me.
We go back to apartment 2B in this third book of Ann Aguirre's trilogy. This book runs along side As Long As You Love Me Nadia makes a reference to Rob and Lauren's break up over Thanksgiving.
When Lauren moved out to go home, Courtney moved in to take over her spot in the apartment. Courtney and Max were friends before she moved in and their friendship was the support both needed. Max needed her when things were going south with Lauren and Courtney needed Max when things were going horribly wrong with her breakup.
Max has to go home, some place he hasn't been in years and he's not sure of the welcome he'll receive. He doesn't want to go alone and asks Courtney to go with him. In meeting Max's family, Courtney gets a better understanding of Max and an opportunity to see him as something more than just a friend. The same can be said of Max, the trip opens his eyes up to so much.
Just when things are going well for Max and Courtney, it's Courtney's family and background that spoil the new romance. Courtney always thought she met her soul mate in high school only to lose him at a young age. She downward spiraled and how has overly protective parents. (I kept picturing Emily and Richard Gilmore). They want something different from what Courtney wants in her life.
Courtney's breakup with Max is both painful and helpful for her. Courtney had been drifting along with no real goal in mind. It's during this time she finds herself and her way.
The novel wraps up with a look to the future and a vision of where this group of college friends end up years after graduation. I really enjoyed this ending. I always like when series end with this glimpse, a real view of the happy ever after. Reading this so close to Thanksgiving, I really liked the idea of making a family with the friends you find along the way in your life. My friends are like an extension of my family, no matter how long goes in between seeing each other when we're together its like we just saw each other yesterday. That's the feeling I get with this group, even though they start to spread out, they are still close, they email, call, text and make the effort to keep in touch.
I received an ebook arc from the publisher.