Series: 2B Trilogy #3
Also in this series: I Want It That Way
Published by Harlequin HQN on 11/25/14
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
My content rating: NA (Explicit Sex)
Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.
Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.
It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.
The Shape of My Heart was a nice wrap-up to the 2B trilogy, but it didn’t capture my heart quite as much as the first two books. Still, I loved that Max got his happy ending!
What I loved:
- Max. I really loved learning Max’s background story. I don’t want to give away too much about it and spoil things, but let’s just say that there are things in Max’s past that are messy, and he has a lot of pain surrounding his family relationships. Because of this, he went through many years of doubting himself and his own self-worth. But he did finally pull himself together and became the type of person he could be proud of. Like I said, I don’t want to give much away, but if you’re a fan of Max, I think you’ll be very satisfied with his story.
- Self-image. One thing that I did really appreciate about Courtney’s character is that she isn’t a striking beauty like so many leading ladies. She is slightly overweight and doesn’t have a gorgeous face – she goes for the punk look to counteract this somewhat. She’s interesting looking rather than pretty. Because of this, she often doubts herself. She doesn’t think that a guy like Max, who could have his pick of girls, would be interested in her. These types of thoughts are driven home by others that make comments about her – Max’s dad, his friend – these people just reinforce her beliefs about herself. So, the fact that Max sees beyond all of that and falls for her anyway is really a great message. Max and Courtney start out as friends, but the closer he gets to her, the more he realizes that she is everything he’s been looking for – he doesn’t really take her looks into account at all and won’t stand for anyone else insulting her! Courtney is also bi-sexual, which you don’t see often in NA books, and she was very comfortable with this aspect of herself.
- The epilogue. Yay for wrap-ups that tell us how everyone is doing in the future! I love it when an author jumps a few years in the future in an epilogue and lets us see how our friends are doing!
- Trouble connecting. The reason that this book only gets three stars from me is because I just had trouble connecting with Courtney. I can’t exactly explain why. In fact, in some ways, I wondered if this is just my own shortcoming – I couldn’t relate to her at all because she is SO different than me as a person, so I just found myself not connecting to her. I wanted to love her but I just never quite got there. (I did like the backstory that had to do with her family and her past substance abuse, though).
So, while this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, it was still a satisfying end. If you’re a fan of NA, but are looking for something a little less edgy and gritty, this is the perfect series for you! I will definitely be reading more Ann Aguirre books in the future. I give this one 3/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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About the Author
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.