Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

The Shape of My Heart
(2B Trilogy, #3)
by Ann Aguirre
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published by: Harlequin HQ
Released On: November 25, 2014
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-arc of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An Overview of the novel: This is the last novel in Aguirre's series 2B. Courtney has had feelings for Max for a long time, but she was always able to deny them until Max asks her to go home to a funeral with him. Then suddenly all the dynamics change. She's not sure she can pretend to feel nothing anymore.

For Courtney that's scary because she has held onto the past with an iron grip unable to let go. But with Max, she finds herself being brave and taking chances.

Max has a tortured past too that he isn't quite willing to let go of. But as they work together, they might just find the way to overcome it or end up even more broken then before. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was really excited to read this one and so when I once given the chance to do so I jumped at the opportunity. Aguirre's writing was good, but it just lacked that flair I was looking forward to.

I enjoyed the read, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the plot on the level that I wanted to. It was a good, solid read, but it left me wanting more and not necessarily in the good way.

However, I did enjoy the novel. Aguirre is a great author and I will be definitely giving her other books a chance.

Fans of new adult should like this one. I just was looking for something more. Maybe because I've read a lot of books in this genre. 

Can I read out of order? I did. I haven't read the previous two in the series and didn't feel lost. Aguirre does an excellent job of telling you enough about the past so you don't feel like you missed anything. 

So why 3 stars? For all the reasons already stated, it was good, but I feel like it could have been better-developed. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Definitely for 18+. This novel has many references to sex and is not suitable for young readers. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read, but one that didn't grip me as much as I would have liked it to. All-in-all a book I'm glad I read, but not one I would reread. 


Danica Page

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