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.Paperback, 352 pagesExpected publication: November 25th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
Three and a half stars: A bit too much drama, but still a nice romance.
Max is used to working hard and getting kicked in the teeth. Life has never been easy for him, but he picks himself up and dusts off time and time again. The last thing he is expecting when Courtney moves in is to fall in love with yet another roommate, but Courtney fills in that hole in his heart. Soon they are fast friends, but they both are denying their attraction. Will Max at last find love?
What I Liked:
- This the third and final book in the 2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre. Overall, I found this series highly addictive and enjoyed my journey. While this final book was a touch more dramatic than I would have liked, I still enjoyed my time with Max, Courtney and the rest of the gang. In fact, I am hoping that Ms. Aguirre will consider another book featuring Angus. I appreciate that this NA series is lighter and not full of over the top angst and drama.
- Max is a character who tears at your heart strings. He is a character that has been floating around the edges of the previous two books, but you don't really have an idea of who he is until you read this book and peel back the layers. How I loved him when I learned the truth about his past and how hard he is fighting to overcome his baggage and make something of himself. In spite of everything, he has the biggest heart and he doesn't hesitate to go to blows for those he loves. I loved him.
- I liked that this book took time to explore Max's history and that he found forgiveness and redemption from his family. The reunion with his younger brother was especially touching. I was rooting so hard for Max after he went home and faced his demons.
- The romance is filled with plenty of tension and heat, and I appreciated that it took the time to develop from a friendship. It moves at a realistic pace, and once it explodes it is the steamiest of the bunch.
- Once again, this can be read out of order or as a stand alone, but this one does have a sweet Epilogue at the end that catches you up on the gang. I loved getting a peek at all the characters down the road and seeing how everything turned out, but I couldn't help but feel like I wanted more as I found that I was totally addicted to this series.
And The Not So Much:
- Courtney was a character that was a bit hard to relate to. She is entirely different from Nadia and Lauren. She is supposedly bisexual, but I wasn't convinced that she truly was bi. She had one relationship with a girl that turned out badly, and I wondered if she was exploring and trying to prove something to her parents. Her sexuality isn't an issue because this is really a straight forward boy/girl romance.
- Ugh.... this book also featured a big dramatic stumbling block toward the end. I didn't like that all three books in this series established romances and things were going along great and then a big problem comes in. The issues Max and Lauren faced was frustrating because it was handled immaturely and it was nothing more than miscommunication. If they had taken the time to talk things through....
- The sex scenes in this one strayed into the TMI territory. I didn't like reading scenes with masturbation and such. It was a bit over the top for me.
The Shape of My Heart is a satisfying ending to an addictive, not overly dramatic NA trilogy. I loved all the characters and the romances, and I especially liked the Epilogue in this one. Overall, this is a solid NA series for those of you who like your NA a bit on the lighter side. I hope that Ms. Aguirre revisits these characters down the road because I can't help but to want for more.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.