Release Blitz & Review**The Shape of You by Felice Stevens

Title: The Shape of You
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2017

 

Blurb
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.

Amanda’s Review

So overall, this book was ok for me. I have read a few MM books with the story line being about one overweight person who has struggled with their weight, trying to get healthier, etc. This one involved two different men on vastly different ends of the weight struggle. Eric, who is depicted as 6 ft 3 inches tall and about 285, and Corey-I can’t recall off the top of my head his height, but he’s tall and very slender. Does he have an eating disorder, perhaps. Does he just stress about his life and worry too much, thus forgetting about nutrition and eating junk, also perhaps.

Eric and Corey meet at a class designed to help them attain a healthier lifestyle. They meet here, become weight loss buddies, friends and lovers. The journey is hinged with insecurities on both ends, and some deep seeded issues from the past.

What I did not like: I did not like the focus on how Eric was apparently…fat. People he did not know made fun of him, but as described, he’s a large built man, so, IMO, at his height and weight, I see no issue. I see a bear. Which is exactly how Corey saw him. Corey saw him as sexy, inside and out. He loved ALL of him. I get that technically, in medical terms, that height and weight equals obese, but lets be realistic. Those charts are redic. He’s not so huge he needs two seats on the subway. So, I had a hard time reading it like that.

But, other than that, I did enjoy these two character’s and their journey towards each other and the future.

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 Author Bio
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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