- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HQN Books (November 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373779852
- ISBN-13: 978-0373779857
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shape of My Heart Paperback – November 25, 2014
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"A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life-and falling love-can never be planned."
--# 1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout on I Want it That Way
About the Author
Ann Aguirre is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature. She writes urban fantasy, romantic science fiction, paranormal romance and dystopian young adult fiction.
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Courtney and Max are roommates and friends who have also shared a couple make-out sessions when they've been drunk/lonely/curious. Courtney knows nothing will progress beyond friendship since she's not the typical beautiful-and-thin type that a hot guy like Max would go for. (Thankfully this "I'm not pretty enough" trope was not overdone, but it was getting close.)
Ultimately, Courtney has been my least favorite protagonist. While I felt a real connection with both Nadia and Lauren in the previous books, Courtney's consistent use of humor even during the most serious conversations became off-putting. Yes, maybe it was her attempt to protect herself emotionally, but it also made me feel she lacked the warmth that I got from Nadia and Lauren. I did like the fact that she was aware of her privilege and did her best to downplay it - even as she benefited from it. Her steps toward independence were admirable, even though it seemed to go incredibly easy with little effort/struggle.
I have to say, Max was definitely my favorite out of the two. I mean, what's not to fall for? He's funny, handsome, hardworking, and, when he finally allows someone to get close to him, incredibly sweet and romantic. Learning about his background was heartbreaking. The struggle he'd endured to get to where he was made me want to applaud him and hug him at the same time. The guilt and pain he'd carried around, without unburdening himself on a single friend, broke my heart.
The Shape of My Heart really shone for me once Max and Courtney embarked on a relationship. Once feelings were finally acknowledged and admitted. Max and Courtney together just made my heart happy. Navigating a relationship was new to both of them and watching them learn as they went along was adorable. Max, especially, seemed to blossom in this new relationship and it really showed how lonely he had been for so long. He had so much love to give and now that he had an outlet for all this emotion, he showered it all on Courtney. Sweet gestures, tenderness... he really laid his heart bare.
The conflict/parting was inevitable but got to me anyway and even elicited tears. I'm a sucker for a happy ending so, even when I know it's only been postponed and is still bound to happen, I'm emotionally crushed when a character I love is hurt and heartbroken. Knowing the love is still there but they're not together... my tender heart can't take it. Even when I know that HEA is just pages away.
I've thoroughly enjoyed the 2B Trilogy and, while the first book remains my favorite, The Shape of My Heart was a good read, topped off by a truly feel-good epilogue that is a perfect wrap-up with all previous characters.
Max wasn't a perfect guy, but I fell for him hard. As with the other men in this series, he's a little more sensitive than the typical new adult guy, which thrills me. I love my alpha males, but I adore the hell out of some beta boys as well. Max's past with his family is rather complicated and has definitely shaped how he sees the world now. It's impossible not to love this guy though. He's hardworking, sexy, sweet and supportive.
It was a little tougher for me to connect with Courtney than Max. I liked her, but it really wasn't until a few chapters in that I felt like I "got her." She's carrying some major baggage after losing her high school boyfriend after a long illness. She still hears him in her mind and regularly has conversations with him. Throughout the book, the tone of those conversations change quite a bit. It begins to sound a lot more like letting go than holding on and some of the latter conversations gave me some major book feels. (And more than a few tears.) Courtney's sexual orientation shouldn't be a big deal in this book, but I'm giving Ann props for diversity. It was nice to see characters that break the norm in the genre.
I loved the chemistry between Max and Courtney. What started off as flirty friends who kissed occasionally, turned into a lot more. They shared a great friendship and truly knew each other. Their connection was strong and real. Their playful banter had me chuckling and their sexy teasing was perfect.
Two things I love in books are friends-first romances and road trips. When the two are combined? Perfect. As they traveled back to Max's hometown after his grandfather's passing, they have to face both their growing attraction and all the emotional baggage they bring with them. Add in the family expectations and conflicts and our main characters have all the drama they could handle and I had all the feels I could take. But, in a good way.
As sad as I am to see Ann's 2B Trilogy come to an end, I enjoyed the way it was all wrapped up. There were some great scenes with earlier characters in the books and I couldn't help but have a huge, cheesy grin on my face (and a tear in my eye) when it was all said and done. I'll definitely miss these characters and look forward to more amazing contemporary books from Ann in the future. I'm a fan for life now.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
The book is told from Courtney's POV. Max doesn't have much contact with his family, and hasn't been back home in years. When a death in his family forces him to go home, Courtney goes with him for support. They were already pretty good friends, but this trip brings them closer together. Courtney has some insecurities to overcome, and she has had some bad things happen in her past. Max is such a good guy, and is great with Courtney.
I loved reading their story, and although the first book (Nadia and Ty's) is still my favorite, this one is a close second. I laughed at times and cried at others. It was definitely an emotional read. The epilogue was great, although it was bittersweet knowing that this is the last book in the series. I will miss all of the characters. Great book, and great series!!
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