Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: "The shape of you" by Felice Stevens

Main characters: Eric Sontag and Corey DeSantis


Too big. Too fat. 

All his life Eric Sontag has judged himself on his size, believing love and friendship aren't in the cards for someone like him. Tired of being alone and scared of his doctor’s warnings, he enrolls in a nutrition support group, determined to change his life. When a beautiful thin man sits next to him, he can’t believe they have anything in common, but conversation between the two soon proves first impressions aren’t always what they seem.

Drifter. Loner. 

Corey DeSantis has always been the scrawny waif; he’s tired of struggling with his art and with life. Scarred by the disappearance and death of his drug-addicted mother, he doesn’t wish for love, believing it will bring him nothing but pain in the end. Now his only hunger in life is his desire to paint…until a health scare and his mentor force him to attend a nutrition class where he meets a man who piques his interest. One drunken kiss later, Eric is all Corey can think about.

The same, yet different. 

An unlikely friendship is born with both men wanting more but afraid to listen to their well-guarded hearts. When Corey receives shocking news leaving him angry and helpless, it’s Eric he leans on, to help see him through, while a surprising career opportunity finds Eric leaning on Corey for advice. One night of explosive passion leads to a second and soon neither man can imagine a life without the other. Life is shaped by the challenges accepted and roads not taken but as Corey and Eric walk the path together, they’ll discover the most beautiful destination of all. Love.

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review :) it was my very first book written by Felice Stevens, but I will definitely check out her other stories, because this one... very unexpectedly I have to say... :) stole my heart ;) absolutely beautiful and heartwarming, this novel got 4,5 stars from me :) it's a standalone, so no worries about cliffhangers of any kind :) you can definitely check it out whenever you'll feel like it :) but before I go on and on about how great this story was, let me actually tell you something about the story and / or the main couple :)

Eric and Corey met at a nutrition program... they are both battling issues with their eating habits... and everything else in their lives connected to them, because it's much more complicated than saying that Eric eats too much and Corey not enough... both of them have some deeper problems they slowly come to terms with over the span of this book... I have to say that I did not expect to like them as much as I did :) and even more so, it was actually scary how much of myself I could see in Eric... #TrueStory... I read in some reviews that people found him whiny and insecure... but since I'm myself still struggling from time to time with self-esteem issues... it's never gone with a flick of your finger... you have to work really hard to gain more confidence... and even after some time, you will still get relapses in judgement, when you will feel insecure and start doubting again... but with time those moments are fewer and further in between :) that's what I love about Eric in this story :) yes, he struggled... but you could see him growing and changing as a person throughout the book :) I loved to witness that :) I just wanted to hug him tight, he was such a sweet teddy bear :) and a librarian, so that is a dream come true for a bookworm like me ;) and Corey was his opposite... an artist, confident and not afraid to speak his mind... or so it seemed on the surface... I don't want to get into too much details, cause they would be spoilerific, but just you wait to see his vulnerable side :)

I absolutely adored this story :) I felt like it was emotional and very real... like scary real... their struggles and the way they've overcome their issues... I could not put down this book :) I wanted to see that happy ending :) when it comes to completely new authors, you never know what will you get... but Felice Stevens was such a lovely discovery for me :) her writing style was very good, I laughed and teared up a bit and sighed in all the right places... :) *sighs happily* see? it's happening again just from thinking about the story :) and it wasn't just the main couple... this book had a few secondary characters that I wouldn't mind to read more about... ;) all in all I very highly recommend you guys to give this book a try :) you will not be disappointed with this sweet story :)

About the author:

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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