The Shape of my Heart (2B Trilogy #3)
by Ann Aguirre
Publisher - Harlequin HQN
Release Date - 25th November 2014
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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 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.
It was sad to start this book as this is the final book in the 2B Trilogy. So far I cannot fault Ann Aguirre's take on the New Adult genre. She begun to turn the tables for me in the plot-line; character sets and the relationship between them. As we come to the end of the line, she hasn't failed to deliver a stonking great conclusion and I got to read it with the lovely Pili.
A girl who isn't afraid to be who she is, isn't afraid of her past but now only the certainty of her future. Courtney Kaufman, a recent roommate, to Angus and Max, taking the final steps towards completing her degree. At the beginning of the novel, Courtney proved to be the strong female character that we all learn to love in books. For me she certainly struck me as an unusual character but is the best possible sense. She isn't one to boast about her life either, she is blunt but honest, which was a refreshing change. Courtney has lived through her fair share of the rough, after her first love and high-school boyfriend, Eli, died from cancer, she really headed down a dark path, it was only after rehab that she could possibly acknowledge the fact that she needed to get on with her life. Being from a high class family and since Eli, she really hasn't connected with anyone on that level of intimacy or emotional relations. I felt that she really wanted to preserve herself and who she is for someone else, for someone closer.
Whilst she has been living in the apartment, she has grown accustomed to the various personalities; you have Angus, the comedian, the much-loved best friend, and your typical down to earth guy. I love Angus. Max, well, he is a hard one to pin down. Previously we known him to be quite reserved about his life apart from his relationship with Lauren, terrible break-up and it was left rather raw for Max. But this novel, very much moved on from that...
Max, lost everything when he was sixteen, and he has carried the blame and guilt ever since. Now he has to face his demons and his past when his grandfather had sadly passed away. He need someone to be there with him...Kaufman. Max found something in Courtney unlike anyone else. But everything is about too change!
Together they proved to be the perfect match, like a lot of Ann Aguirre's character sets! Both Max and Courtney brought everything to the table, they still have their own space, Courtney blossomed more but she also proved that not everything surrounds Max, she joined a band, she had closure from her previous relationships, she was proving to herself that she can be strong, protective yet self-sufficient in her own way. But truly she never really deferred from who she really was because that was who Max fell for.
Ann Aguirre has created a sensational NA series that has for me turned the tables this year. I know some of you recognise the titles from the Backstreet Boys, but if I'm I honest I never really twigged, lol. What I love is that although her writing is flawless, so is the some of the things she deals with; privilege, disability, drugs, alcoholism... but they all seemed so real. The characters so relatable to reality and we were able to connect with them. I hope Ann decides to continue writing NA, The Shape of My Heart, is my second favourite of the series. I Want It That Way stole my heart, and is my favourite of the entire series.
Rating - 4.5