Thursday, June 29, 2017

Release Blitz Review: The Shape of You by Felice Stevens

The Shape of You
by 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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This story is about an overweight librarian with an underweight artist who met each other during a nutrition support group. They become fast friend through their mutual food issue and decided to help each other to get healthy by being dinner buddy and confidant. 

There is a lot of weight shaming going on in this book, which I guess is the point of this story with Eric as the main character who have low self esteem and love to eat for comfort. I'm guilty as charge for being the person who didn't want to sit next to a big size traveler in a flight. Reading about the daily struggle that Eric went through is hard and make me realize what a shitty person I am. I understand the nasty looks, the prejudice, but I find that the verbal abuse seems over the top, do people really that horrible with no sense of preservation? Eric is a big guy who is over six feet tall and practically a teddy bear, but I always think people wouldn't try to mess with a guy his size. 

Corey is an aspiring artist who is working as a PA for an artist. Corey is a loner, and his issue stem from his less than favorable upbringing. He had no desire for food because he grew up without much. Despite Corey's devil may care attitude, meeting Eric turned on all his protective instinct. Whenever Eric get upset and demotivated about his weight, Corey is there to lift him up and support him. Their friendship is the best part of the story before things turned into more. They are simply there for each other, motivating, supporting, providing advise and even a shoulder to cry on. 

The relationship between Eric and Corey is emotional and beautiful. I'm glad the author took a path less traveled and wrote about characters with body issue and isn't all confident and busy hitting up the Grindr. There is something endearing about being old fashion and called me old fashion too, because Eric seems just like someone I knew. And the next big guy who sit next to me on flight, I will remember to give him a smile and ask how is his day. 

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.