I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre
Series: 2B Trilogy #3
Published by Harlequin on 2014-12-01
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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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—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…. 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.
This is one of those reviews where I will pretty much spend the whole time saying how much I had wanted to love the book but didn’t. I wanted to love this story and its characters and their journeys and the romance between them. But, unfortunately, none of it was quite as good as it could have been. And feeling that throughout the book was really frustrating. The Shape of My Heart did not live up to my expectations and was just not as good as it could have been.
This is the first book I’ve read by Ann Aguirre and I was really looking forward to it. I’ve heard good things about her Razorland Trilogy and I know she’s written a ton of other books, adult included, so I was interested to read this and, hopefully, find a new favorite author with plenty of other books to devour. But it just didn’t turn out that way. The book felt rushed, the romance felt underdeveloped, and I wasn’t even entirely sure that I actually liked the two characters together. I had a hard time figuring out what their relationship was before the romance started. At one point I thought they had only known each other about six months and another time it seemed as if they had been best friends for years. If I’m going to be interested in a relationship and feel the romance, I’m going to need to understand where each character is coming from. I really appreciated the interactions I saw between them and everything they went through during the book, but I really wanted to understand what happened before the book as well.
To be fair, I haven’t read the other books in this series, so I do wonder if reading them would have helped me know more about these characters and their relationships. How much did I miss by skipping to the last one? I don’t know. And I’m not sure if I’ll give the others a try or not. Like I said, I liked this book but it wasn’t great. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations and it never really grabbed me the way I had hoped. I wanted the characters to get together because that’s the way it’s suppose to be in books like this. But I also didn’t really feel like I would otherwise be rooting for them. The chemistry wasn’t all there for me with them. They had a lot of sex, yes, but I just didn’t really care that much.
Reviews of books like this are always hard for me to write. How can I find a lot to say when I don’t really have much to say? If we were talking in person and you asked me about this book I’d say, “Meh, it was okay.”. But I can’t really get away with that here. So it all really just comes down to the fact that this book was okay but not great. The characters were interesting (I really appreciated the diversity, BTW), I liked the road trip with the two MCs that starts it all, I liked the friendships, I really liked Michael, but the pull just wasn’t there for me. The chemistry in the relationship was lacking and the story felt a bit rushed. All three of these books were released this year (August, September, and November in fact) and I definitely felt that in this last one. I’m not sure if I’ll go back and read the first two to see if that changes my thoughts on the characters or book at all. I don’t know. There are so many other books out there. If you want to give this one a try, go for it. I won’t tell you not to, it definitely wasn’t that bad. But I will tell you that there are other New Adult romances out there that I enjoyed more than this one.