Title: 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.
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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I’ve read a couple of books with characters with weight issues but this was very different from all of them. This was very heavy and emotional for several reasons…there was a lot going on in this story and it will hit home with anyone who has struggled to correct an unhealthy relationship with food. Both Eric’s and Corey’s weight struggles started with parental issues. While on the surface these two seem like polar opposites, they actually have a lot in common. Corey’s childhood was a complete mess and his story is heartbreaking. Eric thought his life was pretty great until he got a new perspective on his relationship with his father.
Their romance started quickly but superficially. It wasn’t until they became true friends that their love followed. There is some sweet romance in the story but this book was more about Corey and Eric’s growth and development individually as healthy adults. Meeting each other sparked the start of their healing but until each of them really committed to their battle individually they weren’t successful.
There are a lot of negative and nasty comments and behaviors in the book…some of which was hard to read. I was surprised by the growth and healing of both men without any professional help outside the leader of the nutritional classes. Their healing wasn’t without struggle and pain but being there for each other helped them succeed.
The ending is very sweet and I definitely recommend reading he book!
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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