Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Release-Review: THE SHAPE OF YOU by Felice Stevens

The Shape of You
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2017


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 turns to, 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.

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Carra's Review

If you want to know why Felice Stevens is an auto-buy author for me, you don’t have to look any further than The Shape of You.  The characters of Corey and Eric are so easy for everyday people to identify with, and I zeroed right in on Eric as he is so much like myself.  The situations he faced were a lot like what I’ve been through on the weight side, so there was some bit of emotion there while I was reading.  Both men are written as real people with real, modern day problems which is something I truly appreciate as opposed to only reading stories where everyone is the societal ideal.  Written this way, it makes the story infinitely more relatable to me as a reader.

To be honest, at first I didn’t feel any chemistry between Corey and Eric.  It’s a case of opposites with the two of them, but they are both imperfect in their own ways as it relates to their weight issues and at first I wasn’t feeling the connection between them.  That swiftly changed about halfway through the book when the two of them become intimately closer, and by the end you can’t imagine them not being together.  Opposite attract indeed…and they each help the other toward a more middle ground where they can both be happy—together.

Of course there’s some drama, there’s heat, and there’s a story of learning to accept oneself for who you are—and accepting others.  Corey and Eric make each other better, and it was very satisfying to follow their journey through this story.  I’m betting there will be a lot of readers who will identify with one of the two of them like I did, which for me made the story such a fantastic read.

4.5 stars for The Shape of You, and a very strong recommendation for M/M romance fans!  This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.  Bonus points from me for Eric being a librarian ;-)

 Author Bio

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.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. 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 is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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